Meet a MSU Student Athlete | Alysson Bodenbach

Name: Alysson Bodenbach

Sport: Track and Field

Event: 400m, 600m, 800m, 4x4 relay

Year in School: 5th year Senior

Major: Kinesiology

Hometown: Clinton Township, MI

Why did you choose Michigan State? I chose Michigan State on a whim. Summer came faster than I expected and I still hadn't picked a school. I was extremely familiar with MSU, loved the make-up of the team, and was close to home so I figured, why not?

How did you decide on your major? It took a couple of years to get it right, but after some pushing from my adviser and realizations I decided to follow my passion of coaching. I absolutely love everything about sports and love to be the one leading a team. Nothing has ever made more sense to me than to major in something that I love doing.

Favorite class and why? American Sign Language because of the amount I was able to learn about a completely different culture as well as a whole new language.

What is your favorite Spartan sport memory? The 2012 Outdoor Big Ten Championship meet was easily the highlight of my career as a runner. Being able to put together two freshman, one sophomore, and a junior to demolish the 4x4 record and take fourth in an extremely competitive event is something I will never forget.

What are your career aspirations? I cannot wait to be a collegiate track coach, hopefully for a large division one team.

What living person do you admire the most? My Granny Mae. She is one of the most supportive, uplifting, and encouraging people in my life and I admire her for all that she has done for me as I've grown up.

What is your most marked characteristic? Leadership ability. I love to be the person people look up to, depend on, and trust.

What are some of the community service projects you have enjoyed most? Chuck a Puck and attending a local elementary school fitness night while teaching kids the basics of sports.

What are some of your hobbies outside of your sport? I love traveling, scrapbooking, and cooking for anyone willing to eat my food.

Name one thing most Spartan fans do not know about you? I'm a huge girly-girl when it comes to playing other sports. Unfortunately, my race face doesn't transfer from sport to sport.

Name one thing most Spartan fans do not know about your coach? I've been on the team for almost 5 years and he still doesn't know where I'm from!

Three words that describe yourself... Resilient, optimistic, honest

Three words that describe your coach...Dedicated, charismatic, laid-back

Three words to describe your team...Evolving, competitive, dynamic

- 355 student-athletes maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA

- 41 student-athletes had a 4.0 semester

- 388 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 or higher semester GPA

- 15 sports maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA

- 15 sports had a 3.0 or higher semester GPA

- S-A Cumulative GPA: 2.9995

- S-A Semester GPA: 2.9785