Full name: Andre Ivankovic
Hobbies: Reading, longboarding, tennis
Academic interest: Physics, Engineering
Favorite spikes: Nike Matumbo
5000 - 14:54s
1 mile - 4:15
3200 - 9:15
How and when did you get involved in track and field?
I started running track for Daniel when I was in seventh grade. I had done road racing at a younger age and enjoyed running/racing, so that's how I got into track.
What have you learned from the sport?
I've learned a lot about pain, but I've also learned a lot about happiness. Sometimes they go hand-in-hand.
How have you seen yourself progress in the sport?
I've raced so many times in my life and run so much that it has become more of a lifestyle. Over the years I've become a much better athlete physically and mentally.
Do you have any family members involved in the sport?
My dad got me into the sport through road racing, which he has been doing for years.
What is your favorite workout and why?
It is 12x400 repeats with one minute of rest in between each interval. If I can do this workout at a solid pace, I know I'm ready for any race.
How is training going this season?
Training is going very well. Up until now I've been doing a lot of mileage and interval training, and I'm feeling very strong.
What goals do you have as an individual and team this season?
As an individual, I had two main goals: break 15 minutes in the 5K and break the S.C. 1600 state record (4:08, Terrence Harrington, 1984). I've already done the first, which was really fun. We'll see if I can do the second!
What event do you feel you enjoy the most in track and field, why?
I enjoy the mile the most. It's the perfect distance for a race - not too long and not too short.
Running a sub-15 at Charlotte, what was the experience like?
It was the most painful experience of my entire life! With 800 to go I didn't think I had anything left in me, but somehow I pushed through the pain and ran a 69-second lap. After that I knew I had to break 15. I couldn't feel my body over the last 200!
What kind of race strategy did you have?
My strategy was just to go with the flow of the race. It was a college meet, so I knew I would have the competition to get me to that sub-15. I started the first mile a little fast (4:40), but I settled into a good pace after that and maintained for the most part.
What did you think of the field?
The field was a solid group of college runners. I only managed to come 11th place even giving everything I had. They're on a whole new level than I am. I'm just grateful for them pushing me through the race.
Looking back at least season, has anything changed for this season?
I think that I have developed more as an all-around runner.
What do you hope to achieve in college?
I haven't really thought much about my running goals in college yet, but I'm just going to enjoy that new chapter of life and be the best athlete I can be.
How do you balance sports and academics?
I just try to manage my time well and focus on what is important to me.
What sport do you enjoy the most, why?
Outside of running I like tennis. My family is really into tennis (my father came to America to play college tennis), so it rubs off on my life too.
What has been your motivation?
I'm driven by my love of running. It provides me with a strange happiness that nothing else can really match.
What challenges have you encountered in the sport?
It was a sport that had to grow on me. I wasn't crazy about it at first, and I always planned on sticking with soccer.
As one of the top distance runners in the state, how do you go about looking at training and competing?
I realize that the better I train, the better I will be in competition. It's an idea that's simple but very important to me.
If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be and why?
I guess I would go skydiving. Everyone should jump out of an airplane (with a parachute) before they die.
Favorite book: Brave New World
Favorite movie: Inception
Favorite track and field facility: Spring Valley
Person you admire: My brother
Interesting fact: My siblings and I are the first generation in my Croatian family to be born in America.
Most unique life experience: This interview