Post-Crescent sports reporter Ricardo Arguello goes one-on-one with Seymour standout track athlete Alex Bloom:
Q: You’re back to defend your Division 2 state title in the high jump and also are competing in two other events. Any pressure to make your last trip to La Crosse a memorable one?
A: Yes, I feel very pressured to repeat as state champion. It seems like many expect me to be a state champ. But it just isn’t that easy. I will certainly do what I can in every event and be happy with any outcome. Just feel blessed to be competing in La Crosse again.
Q: Much has been written about your friendly rivalry with Kaukauna senior high jumper Trent Nytes. Will you be paying attention to his jumps at La Crosse this weekend?
A: Yes, I will be at the D1 meet cheering him on every step of the way. He has so much potential and works very hard. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw something special out of him this year, such as a state record.
Q: As a senior, it’s a time for reflection as well. Is there anything you would have done different the past four years as an athlete?
A: Yes, I wish I would have done more events in my earlier years. I only competed in the high jump freshman and sophomore year.
Q: Congratulations! You just won four VIP vacation packages to anywhere in the world. Where are you going and who are you taking with you?
A: I would be traveling to Rome, Italy. With three of my closest friends.
Q: It’s favorites time! What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “Big Bang Theory.”
Q: Favorite movie?
A: “Transformers.” Any one.
Q: Favorite breakfast cereal?
A: Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Q: Favorite aspect of Seymour High School?
A: Relationships I have developed.
Q: Favorite meal prepared by mom?
A: Chicken fajitas.
Q: Favorite aspect of track and field?
A: The friendships made.
Q: Favorite musical artist?
A: Too many to choose from.
Q: Favorite high school sports memory?
A: State track in 2013 and being a state champion.
Q: Oh no! You’re stranded on a deserted island! You have plenty of food and water, but if you could have three things with you, what would those three things be?
A: Three friends.
Q: You’re heading to Cincinnati to compete in track and field. Are you excited about starting a new chapter in your life?
A: Yes, I can’t wait to go up against the new challenges I will be faced with in life. Also very excited to see what kind of opportunities I will get to experience.