Senior Spotlight: Alison Ross



May 16, 2014

Ali Ross with parents Dan and Marianne at the 2014 Senior Night

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior Alison Ross came to Mizzou from Rosati-Kain High School in St. Louis, Mo., where she earned four MSHSAA All-State honors in the middle distance events.  

As a Tiger, Ross sported the black and gold in six conference championships during her four years, finishing as All-Big 12 for the indoor DMR in 2012.  Ross was also successful in the classroom, earning a First Team Academic All-Big 12 honor in 2012 and making the 2013 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.  She was also recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Biological Engineering Senior, on eight consecutive University Dean's Lists, and was a recipient of the 2014 National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship.  

Ross will graduate with her Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering and will go on to Duke University to earn her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering.


2012 Indoor All-Big 12 in the DMR

2012 First Team Academic All-Big 12
2013 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll 


On how she got started...
I started running my freshman year of high school.  I wanted to do a sport and soccer had tryouts, so I decided to run track.

Why she chose the mid-distance events...
I started running the 800-meters in high school because I was good at it and I ended up really liking it.  I thought the mile was too long, but I was too slow for the 400-meter dash.  So the 800-meter was just right.  In college I built up more strength, so I've had some fun running the mile the past couple years.  I also like that the races are more of a combination of speed and strength. 

Her favorite memory before Mizzou...
Having success competing in high school track was obviously fun, but I really started loving the sport because of my teammates and the silly and ridiculous things we would do.  We had a really fun team atmosphere while still working hard, and I think that's what made me want to continue running.

On why she chose Missouri...
I was not recruited due to injuries in high school, so I chose to come to Mizzou because I liked the school.  Finding out I had a spot on the track team solidified my decision to come here.

A key moment in her career when things began "clicking"...
I think that happened in the middle of my freshman year.  I had a hard time with the transition from high school to college, but as I trained more and got to know my teammates better, I knew I made the right choice for college and athletics.

Her favorite Mizzou memory...
My favorite Mizzou track & field moments were practicing on Brad Jr. with all of my teammates, and then finally getting to do Big Brad my senior year.

Her favorite Mizzou memory outside of track...
I have an incredibly kind, smart, and awesome group of friends from classes that I will forever be in debt to for all of the notes they've shared over the years and all of the late night study sessions we've had.  I've also been a part of Dr. Sheila Grant's Biosensors and Biomaterials research team for the past three years.

On the team...
The friendships that I have made over the past four years are what mean the most to me from this experience.  It's cliche, but very true, and I couldn't have chosen a better group of girls to spend thousands of miles with.

Future plans...
I am going to Duke University next year to pursue an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering

Q & A by Josh McSwain, Student Writer



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