The More You Know: Andrea Shine

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior Andrea Shine is the University of Iowa cross country team’s top returning female runner from last year. She is currently the only female returnee in the Hawkeyes’ all-time top-10, and she starts her final season Friday at the Hawkeye Invitational


What are you most excited for this year as a Hawkeye?  

“This year we have a large team with an awesome team dynamic, so I am extremely excited to see the progress we can make with the amount of depth and positivity we have on team.”  

What is your favorite memory as a Hawkeye? 

“My favorite memory competing as a Hawkeye is when I made the all-regional cross country team (2017).” 

What is your best advice for the freshmen?  

“Understand that things may not align all at once, but with dedication and patience, you will find success!” 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received from a coach?   

“Randy’s insistence on having me do the little things right, staying consistent with training, and never losing sight of the fact that I should enjoy running, have contributed to my success.”   

If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be? Why? 

“Eleanor Roosevelt, she inspires me greatly through her intellect and humanitarian work in the 20th century.”  

If not XC/Track & Field, what sport would you play?  

“I’m not coordinated enough to have talent at any other sports, but I love watching basketball, so I’d like to play that.” 

Who is your favorite professional athlete?  

“Hillary Allen, she is an ultra-marathoner, who after suffering a fall during a mountain race that left her unable to walk for a period of time, was back running within a year.”  

Do you have any pre-meet rituals?  

“I used to have little rituals such as wearing a pair of socks, or eating a certain meal, but now I feel it’s better not to have any rituals at all, because racing is unpredictable and going into a meet ritual free allows me to engage with the unexpected factors of competition.” 

When you’re not practicing, what is your favorite thing to do?    

“I love to hike, read, do yoga, or cook.” 

If you could choose a super power, what would you choose? Why? 

“I would want the ability to talk to animals. I am a huge animal lover and it’s only fitting I’d want to communicate with them.”  

If you could choose anywhere to live, where would you choose? Why? 

“I’d live in Northern Wisconsin near the Great Lakes for some amazing hikes and access to water activities like canoeing and paddle boarding.”  

Where’s your favorite spot on campus? Why? 

“I have two favorite spots on campus. The first is the trail behind the cross country course because I love the wooded path, the stream, and the wildflowers that bloom in spring. The second is film scene because I love movies!”