Cody WorshamDigital Media Reporter
There’s no slowing down Alex Thomas.
It doesn’t matter if she’s leading the line as a forward in the opening seconds of a match or bombing up the right flank from fullback in the 90th minute; if she’s cramming for the MCAT or explaining, from memory, the life cycle of the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi.
“I never want anybody to beat me,” says Thomas, a senior fullback for LSU’s soccer team. “If we get in the car and we put our seatbelts on, I’ve got to put mine on first.”
The competitive nature that makes it possible for Thomas to maintain top speed at all times came from her mother, who, Thomas says, “made everything a competition.”
That includes who could get dressed fastest in the morning and actual footraces. Those stopped once Thomas turned 12, because, she says of her mother, “she won, and she knew she could never win again.”
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence
— Alex Thomas (@alexxxmarieee9) September 11, 2016
That edge is just one of the qualities that make the senior invaluable to head coach Brian Lee.
“If you see us play in the last five or 10 minutes of a game, she’s the one blowing past people,” Lee says. “If the game’s tied or we’re down a goal, that’s when it really surfaces.”
It also surfaces in the classroom. Take Mondays, for example, normally an off-day from soccer. Thomas, a pre-med student, is in class from 8:30 until 5:30 with no breaks.
“The hardest part is I don’t get to eat,” she says, “so I get cranky.”
She crams – food and homework – from 5:30 to 7:30, when she heads to her three-hour MCAT prep course. Then, it’s more homework and sleep for 9 a.m. classes Tuesday.
“Relaxing for me is …