A Brief Chat with Morgan Township's Alec Kostelnik

By: Justin Floyd

Senior Alec Kostelnik (Morgan Township High School) broke onto the state scene last
fall by earning all state honors and setting huge PR’s on the track this spring. Now he is one of
the favorites to take home some serious hardware come this October in Terre Haute. I had the
chance to catch up with him this week as the season is about to commence and got his thoughts
on his past accomplishments, what he has been up to preparing for his senior season, and his
expectations for himself and his team.

IndianaRunner.com: Congratulations, on a spectacular track season where you placed 9th at the
state meet with a 9:11.83. Were you happy with your season as a whole?
Alec Kostelnik: Thanks! Looking back on my 2012 track season, I can say that I felt pretty
successful. I achieved some major goals, such as Regional champion and All-State. There are a
few things that I would like to go back and change, but I guess that’s all part of the experience.

IR: How has your training been going this summer? Did you have a nice break after track season
before you started back up again? What sort of mileage have you been putting in?
AK: After the Midwest Distance Festival, I took about a week off. I definitely needed the break.
Since then I have been gradually building my mileage. Right now, I’m running anywhere from
70-80 mpw. Nothing too crazy.

IR: There are probably more than a few people that would say you are one of the favorites for
the individual title at the New Prairie Semi-State, how do you feel about those expectations and
who do you expect to challenge you for that title?
AK: Last season, I went into pretty much every race as the underdog. This year is a little
different, as some people are choosing me as the favorite at the NPSS. It’s a different kind of
pressure, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to change my mindset or the way I race. Either
way, it’s still going to be tough battling against Ari Coulopoulos and Kyle Eller, both of which
will also be challenging for the win.

IR: It seems that you usually lay pretty low during the season and seem to just run to win, but
what meets are you looking at before the tournament to test your fitness?
AK: Yep, I pretty much tempo out half of our meets. I try to stay as fresh as I can for the post
season. This year I plan on hammering both the New Prairie Invite and the Culver Invite. Both
have top notch competition, and I am definitely looking forward to throwing down some fast
times.

IR: Take us back to 2 seasons ago. You are a just another runner at a small school who has run
some times in the mid to low 17s, but finished 39th at the New Prairie Regional. What changed
for you? How has Alec Kostelnik got to where he is today?
AK: After my sophomore year of cross country, I kinda got tired of being a mediocre small
school runner getting destroyed in big meets. I wanted to actually compete in the regional and
semi-state meets. So, I put in a ton of miles (for me at that time) during the winter. It paid off
later that spring when I qualified for state in the 1600m and 3200m. I’ve gotten to where I am
today by putting in tough, smart miles and working hard. That’s honestly it. No shortcuts.

IR: When you started to really improve, did you think that a 9:11 was a possibility on the track
or that you would have been all state in Cross Country as a Junior?
AK: After my sophomore year of

track, I trained all that summer just to qualify for state. I had
no idea that later in the fall I would place 10th and earn a medal. However, as the season went
on I grew more and more confident. By the end of September I knew that I could compete for an
All-State spot. My track season was a little different, however. After cross country I had a lot of
confidence that I could run 9:15 or lower, so that was the goal from the start.

IR: With having accomplished that much already, what are your goals for the upcoming season?
AK: My upcoming goals are pretty simple. State champ and national qualifier. Dreamin’ big.

IR: Is there any truth to the rumor that you have verbally committed to IUPUI for next year?
AK: Despite the rumors, I have not verbally committed to IUPUI, or anywhere else for that
matter. They are definitely at the top of my list, though.

IR: If not, what are some schools that you are looking into to continue your running career?
AK: Honestly, I have no idea. I’m still just looking around and checking things out. Who knows
where I’ll be a year from now.

IR: IndianaRunner.com’s Brandon Jones has your team (Morgan Township) as the 11th best
team in the New Prairie Semi State at the start of the season. Do you feel that your team can be a
threat to the top 10? Why?
AK: Going into the season, I feel our team has a very good shot at making it to Semi State and
cracking the top 10. We have a solid group of guys that are willing to work hard. We have been
running almost everyday since the start of summer, which is something we haven’t done in the
past.

Alec, thanks for taking the time to chat with us here at IndianaRunner.com. We wish you the best
this upcoming season, good luck!

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