BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Gabriel Goodwin (Corner, Ala./ Corner High School) is a rising junior at Birmingham-Southern College and was a member of the 2017 Southern Athletic Association track and field championship team. Goodwin is majoring in math, with hopes to attend graduate school for a degree in electrical engineering.
He was drawn to the Hilltop for its smaller class sizes and close relationships with his professors. Goodwin was also seeking the opportunity to run at the collegiate level.
"Being a student-athlete, I really appreciated the fact that I could talk to my professors without having to go through so many other people like at larger schools," said Goodwin.
He is the second in his family to attend college. His older sister Kristina was the first. Goodwin is a family oriented man, who is a commuter to the BSC campus. His parents, Shane and Lori, are dedicated to supporting their son in his endeavors. Shane Goodwin works at Gray Bar Electric Company and Lori Goodwin served as a law office secretary for many years, but now is the manager of Howling Hollows in Vestavia Hills, Ala.
When Goodwin is not running for the BSC track and field team or spending countless hours on his studies, he likes to give back to the community. He has traveled to the Bahamas for a mission trip with his church. Goodwin enjoyed the work he was doing but will never forget how hot it was during the days. "It was an average of 98 degrees while we were down there," he added.
When asked what is his favorite childhood memory, Goodwin explained, "when I was growing up in Corner, we had an acre of land and we would get horrible ant holes everywhere."
"When my dad would cut grass he would run over the ant hills sometimes and it would sling ants onto his legs. Well, he got tired of it so he would walk around with lighter fluid and matches and burn the ants out. One day he burned out a hill that was attached to our porch and he didn't catch the porch on fire, but my sister thought he did. My sister runs inside and grabs the biggest pot she can find and only puts about two inches of water in it and gives it to my dad to throw on the fire. Once my dad threw the water out of the pot he said 'what the heck was that supposed to do?!' I was dying laughing, that was a good day."
Growing up, Goodwin was an active child that was involved in many different sports. "I've played football, baseball, soccer, basketball and I ran track," said Goodwin. "I chose to run track in college because it was what I did for the longest in high school. I started running track my junior year." Goodwin's father was a great part of the reason why he is running at the collegiate level now. "Any sport I have ever done, even if he did not play it himself, he would look into it and research it to find the best way to do things and he would work with me on it," explained Goodwin.
Goodwin finished up his sophomore season here on the Hilltop. His track events included the 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, while also being an alternate for the 1,600m relay team. Goodwin also competed in two field events, the long jump and the triple jump. He is a member of the Mortar Board which is an honor society of scholarship, leadership, and service.
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Three Days Grace.
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When someone walks in through the exit door or out the enter door.
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University of Alabama.
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That 70's Show.
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The second Percy Jackson Series.