CORNING - Alex Spicer made his college plans on Monday in the Corning-Painted Post High School in front of family and friends. Spicer will take his talents to Indiana Tech University in Fort Wayne, Indiana to compete at the NAIA level in Track and Field.

“It’s definitely exciting,” said Spicer. “It's fun to have like 100 and some people here to support me.”

Spicer chose the school due to its rich tradition and history of success in track and field, despite the school being nearly eight hours away from home.

“They have ten national championships and are a powerhouse track school,” Spicer said. “I’m trying to get some more rings. I’m going to enjoy being far away.”

In his high school career, Alex has lettered for four years on the Hawks Indoor Track and Field team, as well as the Hawks Outdoor Track and Field team. During that span, Alex has helped the Hawks earn four straight Section IV Indoor Track and Field championships, three straight STAC Outdoor Track and Field championships, and two Outdoor Section IV Track and Field championships.

Alex has been a contributing member in a variety of relay events during his time at C-PP. He holds multiple C-PP School District and Section IV records, including the 4x4 and Sprint Medley Relay (SMR). He is also a school record holder in the 300 meters event.

In addition to Alex’s accomplishments in both the STAC and Section IV arena, he has also qualified to compete at the NYSPHSAA championship and National level. Alex has landed on the podium two times at the NYSPHSAA championship. In his Freshman season, Alex qualified on the National level for the Freshman 100 meter event.

Spicer will take what the Corning Hawks track and field program has instilled in him as starts his collegiate experience next year.

“A lot of hard work, the love to lift and to strive for greatness,” said Spicer.

He is hoping to end his high school career on a high note during this outdoor track and field season.

“My perfect send off would be to be a National Champion in the DMR (distance medley relay) at the New Balance Nationals,” Spicer said.

Alex is currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice program offered at GST BOCES, while attending Corning-Painted Post High School. He also plans to study Criminal Justice when he continues his secondary education at Indiana Tech University.