Jimmy Alexis, Hamilton College
Jimmy Alexis enjoyed a spectacular senior season as a member of the Hamilton College men’s track and field team.
Alexis, a four-year varsity letter winner, was a member of the 2013 NESCAC All-Conference Team after he finished first in the pole vault. He was also on the New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) all-conference team in 2011 and 2013 during the indoor season for his victories in the pole vault.
Alexis soared to new heights during his senior season. In addition to winning the NESCAC pole vault title, he set the program’s indoor record in the event and qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III championships in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. It hasn’t always been easy for Alexis, however. "The past couple years have been rocky because of injuries. Every season I compete hard, but I am usually broken in some way." When talking about his preparation for the ECAC indoor championships, Alexis stated, "This year I am much healthier and ready to jump high. The secret is I had a great preseason and took all the proper precautions to stay healthy."
Track and field wasn’t always Alexis’ top priority. "I was very big into basketball from a young age, and I used track as a ploy to stay in shape," he said. "Over time I became much better in track than basketball, so I did what was natural and switched my focus." It wasn’t until his sophomore year in high school that Alexis began to compete in the pole vault. His main reason for getting into the event is because, "It was all about points. The team needed points to defend our city, district and state titles. We had recently lost our best pole vaulter, so I knew where I had to step in."
Alexis, who was raised in Jacksonville, Fla., credits Hamilton alum Jerry Dirvin ’59 for getting him interested in the college. Former team captain Mark Breazzano ‘10 is responsible for convincing him to join the track and field team. Dirvin, who is a friend of the family, "recommended Hamilton while I was in high school and suggested we take a trip to visit. After doing my own research, I fell in love with the liberal arts education and took him up on his offer. During my first morning here, I ran around campus to get a feel for the place and loved the campus right off the bat. Before I arrived at Hamilton, I had no real intention to compete for the track and field team. I thought high school marked the end of my sports era. But (Mark) Breazzano convinced me to give it a try and the rest is history."