This week on '20 Questions' we talked with senior Drew Campbell. Campbell holds the second spot in UND steeplechase history and seventh in the 3,000-meter.
20Q: How did you get started in track & field?
DC: I started track and field in middle school. In 7th and 8th grade, I actually threw shot put and did high jump too, because I was tall for my age. After middle school I only did the running part. I think I sort of liked running from an early age because my parents both ran (for UND too) so I thought I would be good at it.
20Q:In your own words, describe your event and what you love about it?
DC: The steeple is kind of a weird event. It’s a 3k race with 5, 36-inch barriers per lap, and one of them has a water pit after it. So every lap you’re jumping and getting your feet wet, but still trying to run as fast as you can. The barriers keep you “on your feet” mentally, and break your rhythm, so a lot of people hate them, but I love them for the same reason. Of course they’re hard, but they make it more fun as well. A lot of people don’t ever try it, either because it’s a weird event or there is a possibility of injury, but I think it’s the most fun race I do.
20Q:What is your goal for the season?
DC: As far as time goals, I would love to break the school record in the steeple. I have run 9:30, and the record is 9:27, so it’s definitely within reach. I would really love to crack into the 9:10-9:20 range, but we’ll have to see what kind of shape I’m in when it comes time for it. I would love to run sub-14:50 in the 5k as well, and I think I can if I run a good race. Most importantly, I want to give God the glory for all my success.
20Q: What was the best advice ever given to you?
DC: I don’t know, I have gotten a lot of good advice. One time, my dad told me to take a certain route on a long road trip, and I didn’t listen to him, and after I did it, I wished I had. Older people are pretty smart (sometimes).
20Q: Which athlete inspires you the most?
DC: Jim Ryun or Meb Keflezhigi. Ryun ran some great times back in his day, especially considering he was running on cinder tracks. Meb is an awesome example of how perseverance and patience pay off, and he is still running fast at 41 years old! Both of them gave credit to God for their performances, which I think is awesome for people at their level to be able to do.
20Q:What would you like to be remembered for?
DC: Being a good friend and teammate, and being motivating without taking it too seriously.
20Q:What is your pre-competition ritual if you have one?
DC: I don’t like strict rituals because I like to be flexible because race day is always different. I love oats and coffee for breakfast on race day though.
20Q: What are your hobbies outside of athletics?
DC: I like cooking a lot, and trying new foods. Traveling and camping are great too. I love playing piano, but I usually don’t take much time to do that.
20Q: Name one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?
DC: I love maps, especially topographical ones, because I love geography and seeing the landscape from a different perspective. When I visit somewhere new, I will look at a map to help get a sense of where I’m going, or to look at places I’ve been.
20Q: The best part of being an athlete?
DC: I love competing, but I think the day to day interactions with friends and teammates bring a lot of value to my life. Having good friends to practice with and travel with is a fun experience.
20Q: Which teammate inspires you the most and why?
DC: Connor Danielson, he is really persistent and just keeps on working hard.
20Q: What are three things on your bucket list?
DC: Fix my BMW and drive it again.
Live in a different country.
Take a long backpacking/camping trip with some friends.
20Q: If you could do any event in track & field, what would it be & why?
DC: The steeple, it’s the coolest.
20Q: Who has made the biggest impact in your life?
DC: Overall, my parents. After living with them for 18 years it would have been hard not to be impacted by good role models like that. More recently, my wife Erin. She is awesome and has helped me grow as a person and as a man of God.
20Q: What is your goal after you graduate?
DC: Running related, I don’t have a goal, but I know I will keep training and racing. In the future I think me and Erin(my wife) will do some mission work, either long term or short term. I hope I get to travel the world and see a lot of different regions and cultures.
20Q: How would your teammates describe you?
DC: I have no idea, they probably think I’m sort of a clown.
20Q: What is your favorite movie of all time? Why?
DC: Probably the Hobbit. It’s an awesome story full of adventure and battles, but it also has a lot of good lessons to be learned in it, or else Despicable Me/Minions, I think the minions are hilarious.
20Q: Which road-trip are you most looking forward to this season and why?
DC: I love California, so the outdoor conference meet should be sweet. There are a couple other meets out in Cali that would be sweet to go to and compete at.
20Q: What makes UND special to you?
DC: It’s where I met my wife and some of my best friends. My parents went here a long time ago, and coach Clay coached my mom.
20Q: What is the best thing about living where you do?
DC: I have a team of friends to train with and I love the church we go to (Hope).