Sophomore Andrew Bumbalough broke the four-minute mile mark this past weekend at the Giegengack Invitational.
Feb. 8, 2008
Washington, D.C. - Middle distance and distance runner Andrew Bumbalough (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) is a sophomore on the track and field team. At the Giegengack Invitational last weekend, Bumbalough broke the four minute mile mark. As the team prepares to travel to New York this weekend for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, Bumbalough took a few minutes to catch up with the Hoya Headliner...
HH: So how did you get recruited here?
AB: I was recruited by Coach Pat Henner starting the summer after my junior year of high school. My high school coach ran for Coach Henner at JMU so I already knew him, which made things easier.
HH: What do your parents think of their son running collegiate track?
AB: They are very excited for me to have the opportunity to both compete at such a high level in my sport as well as attend such a well-respected school as Georgetown.
HH: How was your transition from high school to college your freshman year?
AB: It was a rough transition, I came into that year injured and had to sit out my first two seasons (XC and indoor track). It was difficult because I had never been injured before, and I had to be a spectator as my teammates were competing.
HH: What made you decide to attend Georgetown?
AB: I really liked Coach Henner from the time that I met him. I felt comfortable with the approach that he takes with training and racing and I felt that I could do my best running here. On my recruiting trip I definitely connected with the guys on Georgetown's team more than some of the other schools, which made it easier to commit to Georgetown.
HH: What song gets you pumped up before races?
AB: Run like an Antelope - Phish
HH: If you could be on any reality show, which one would you choose? Why?
AB: Survivor - I like the outdoors.
HH: Who is your favorite athlete of all-time in your particular sport?
AB: Jim Ryun
HH: What would you do if you won a million dollars?
AB: I am not really into "things." I do enjoy traveling though. I would probably travel a lot and use quite a bit of it to climb some of the tallest peaks in the world. Hopefully I would have the sense to give most of it away.
HH: What do you like to do in the off-season?
AB: Go to concerts, backpack, rock climbing, go to the lake.
HH: What is your favorite quote from your Coach?
AB: "It's not supposed to be comfortable!" (In reference to racing)
HH: What is the best/worst thing about living in D.C.?
AB: The best thing is there are tons of things to do (restaurants, concert venues etc). The worst thing is there are no mountains, lakes, or (clean) rivers nearby.
HH: What is your "breakfast of champions?
AB: Breakfast sandwich with 2 eggs, ham, cheddar cheese, on a whole-wheat bagel. Mah.
HH: If you could get front row tickets to any concert, now or in the past, which would it be?
AB: Phish: New Years Eve 12/31/1999 show. They started their set at 11:15 p.m. on New Year's Eve and played until the next morning at 7 or 8 a.m.!
HH: What is your favorite holiday?
HH: When did you first start playing sport?
AB: I started running track in sixth grade under the advice of my sixth grade English teacher!
HH: When did you know that you wanted to run track competitively in college?
AB: As soon as I realized I was fortunate enough to have the talent to compete at the NCAA level.
HH: What was the best moment in your career so far?
AB: Breaking 4:00 last weekend in the mile at Yale.
HH: What is a typical practice like?
AB: Seventy miles of running a week, lifting four days a week, and recovering from all of that in the training room.
HH: If you could change one thing about track what would it be?
AB: The direction we run on around the oval.
HH: If you could be great at any other sport or event besides track, what would it be?
AB: Tennis, I have always loved watching professional tennis. It's just you versus the other guy. Such a mental game, and often the matches can be about 4 hours.
HH: Anything you want to do before you graduate?
AB: Make it into the Presidential Library in Healy.
HH: Who in your life inspires you the most?
AB: My parents are beautiful people who have sacrificed much to give me the life that I have. I love them and appreciate all of their support. They keep me going.
HH: What do you consider to be your biggest fear?
AB: Dark water. There is something about dark water; the unknown that is in it...I have thought about this and this is my only true fear.
HH: What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
AB: Go rock climbing.
HH: Favorite Georgetown restaurant?
AB: Paper Moon
HH: What is your dream job?
AB: Mountain Hardware gear "tester", hah.
HH: Favorite TV show?
AB: Band of Brothers
HH: Favorite movie?
AB: Drama: Shawshank Redemption. Comedy: Dazed and Confused
HH: Freshman dorm?
AB: The Ben.
HH: If you could be anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
AB: Tibet. I heard they have a few mountains over there.
HH: Booey's or Wisey's?
AB: Definitely Booey's