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Q&A | Get to know Iowa track and field distance runner Aidan King

King opens up about his coffee obsession and bucket list.
Jenna Galligan
Iowa’s Aidan King competes in the 10K race at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday, Nov. 13, 2021 at the Ashton Cross Country Course. King finished 126th with a time of 32:57.95.

The Daily Iowan: Where did you grow up?

Aidan King: I spent most of my life in the Chicago suburbs in St. Charles. I was born in Texas, but I moved when I was really little. It was a little different than Iowa, but it was a good time.

What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of a lot of things. I think I am mostly proud of my role on my team. When I came in here, I was a super late commit. I had never met the coach in person until our first day of practice. I think the opportunities I have been able to open up for myself, [and] the role I have on the team as a leader is something I am proud of.

Who was there to experience that with you?

A lot of people. The first one is Max Murphy. I’ve been around him a lot. I’ve lived with him the last two years, and we both came in as freshmen when COVID and stuff was going on.

Besides the necessities, what is one thing you use every day?

I drink coffee every morning. I have a little French press that I got as a white elephant gift at my old job. I like to make my own coffee in the morning. For me, I like the coffee obviously, but I like the routine in the morning.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

I want to live in a few different areas. I think I’ve spent a lot of my time in more suburban areas. I’d like to live in a city and then also abroad as well.

What is the most used app on your phone?

Probably Twitter [X]. I’m almost embarrassed to say that’s what it is. I try to stay off my phone, but if I’m on it, that’s what it is.

Do you prefer cross country or track?

They’re different. I wouldn’t say I prefer one or the other. Honestly, if I am doing better in track, I like track. If I’m doing better in cross country, I like cross country.

Indoor or outdoor track?

I’ve had more experience collegiately indoors. I like outdoors a lot. So even though I’ve had more experience indoors, I prefer outdoors. In outdoor season, we get in big meets in like California and North Carolina. You get to get out of the Midwest.

If you could swap places with one of your teammates or coaches for a day, who would it be?

Definitely my coach, Randy Hasenbank. He’s a really nice guy, but I want to see what he does all day. It would be interesting.

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About the Contributors
Mia Boulton
Mia Boulton, Sports Reporter
Mia Boulton is a freshman at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication, as well as exploring a possible double major in Sports Media. She works at the Daily Iowan as a sports reporter. Outside of the Daily Iowan, Mia has been a photographer for her hometown newspaper, The Record.
Jenna Galligan
Jenna Galligan, Films Editor/Documentary Director
Jenna Galligan is the Films Editor and Documentary Director at The Daily Iowan. She is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and cinema with a minor in anthropology. This is her fourth year in the visuals department at the DI.