Prep: Seven-time Connecticut state champion in the 1,600m and 3,200m ... Three-time state open champion ... Six-time All-New England selection ... Named the Guilford High School Athlete-of-the-Year ... Broke the 3,200m indoor record at state championships and the 1,600m outdoor record also at state championships ... Coached by Jim Ford and Jon Faifsch.
Personal: Born Alex Ephriam Bloom on October 7, 1983 in New Haven, Conn. ... Son of Ben and Patty Bloom ... Has one older brother, Brandon ... Says running at the Millrose Games and placing in the top 10 in the country infront of 20,000 fans is one of his most memorable moments ... Athlete he most admires is Hallie Gebrilassie who persevered through some of the toughest living conditions to become one of the greatest distance runners of all-time ... Attended Boys State in High School ... Also enjoys sailing, snowboarding and rock climbing ... Chose Florida because of the academics, athletics and general support and because "I just fell in love with the campus and school in general."