Since stepping foot on campus as a freshman in 2020, Alaina Stone Boggs, aka “Stoney”, has put together quite a remarkable career for herself. Originally from Colville, Washington, expectations were high coming into her freshman year. There was pressure to live up to the hype of running collegiate track and cross country just miles down the road from where she had won an individual WIAA state title in cross country as a senior at Colville High School. Suffice to say, she’s lived up to those expectations and then some.
Still holding two years of track & field eligibility, Stoney is already second all-time in the Washington State women’s outdoor 5,000m with a time of 16:08.95. She’s also second all time at 9:21.29 in the women’s indoor 3,000m. These are just a few of the many accomplishments for Stoney in her career, but she’s hungry for more.
Knowing she’s now into the latter side of her collegiate career, Stoney knows there is no time to waste. We were able to sit down with Stoney to talk about her career, this upcoming year, and much more.
Here is what she had to say…..
Q: You’ve had more success in 3 years than a lot of people can say they’ve had in their entire collegiate career. What’s the mindset like for you to not settle but instead push for more?
A: Exactly that, I think you can’t settle and sit on what you have accomplished already, because it’s always someone else working. You have to have that mindset of not wanting to be outworked, and not being comfortable with where you’re at, and that’s what I strive to do.
Q: You’re now into your fourth year of college track & field. Where have you seen the most growth in yourself, either mentally or physically?
A: My confidence. 100%. My confidence and strength allowed me to go out and perform without any fear or pressure, and it comes from all the work I’ve put in over the years.
Q: What has been your favorite memory so far in these past three years?
A: Oh my, I don’t know if I can choose just one. I think (Head Women”s Cross Country Coach) Laura (Harmon) coming onto our staff has completely changed the trajectory of the whole program, she’s been so great and hands-on with everybody, it’s allowed us all to flourish. That’s always going to be a memory I’m forever grateful for.
Q: Knowing that your WSU career will be ending…