EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week The Volante sports staff will interview a member of the USD athletic community and ask them off-the-wall questions. Enjoy the hilarity.
Kevin Sarehkhani is a sophomore pole vaulter out of Walnut, Cal. This is Sarehkhani’s first season as a Coyote, in 2011 he competed at Mt. San Antonio College
Kelly Stewart: How did you get into pole-vaulting?
Kevin Sarehkhani: I went to try-outs for the track team my sophomore year of high school and I thought it was javelin. I was too embarrassed to say “this isn’t what I wanted” so I stayed with it and ended up liking it.
Stewart: What brought you to South Dakota for pole-vaulting?
Sarehkhani: Derek Miles looked like he was going to start a really good program here, and I wanted to be a part of it. Also, it was a really great opportunity to compete at a community college for one year and then come to a Division I school.
Stewart: What do you like about pole-vaulting?
Sarehkhani: I like the adrenaline rush you get after you make a bar. Plus, it’s the most entertaining event in track.
Stewart: Bacon or Sausage?
Sarehkhani: Sausage. There is a better chance of there being a bad, burnt, way to crispy or way to fatty strip of bacon than there is a chance of there being a bad sausage.
Stewart: Being from California, what do you miss about it now that you’re here?
Sarehkhani: I mostly miss the people, the culture, and the diversity. I guess I miss the weather, too, because it was a lot warmer and there wasn’t any snow.
Stewart: What’s your favorite sport to do other than track?
Sarehkhani: I love playing tackle football or basketball. I played football in high school and I really miss it. As for basketball, I just started playing, but I’ve grown to like it.
Stewart: Do you have any bad habits?
Sarehkhani: I play way too many video games for my own good, such as Battlefield 3 and Skyrim. I have kind of a short temper, too, so I say mean things sometimes.
Stewart: What’s your favorite pick-up line?
Sarehkhani: “Hey I lost my number, can I have yours?” Every girl would totally fall for that one.
Stewart: What’s your favorite part about Vermillion?
Sarehkhani: USD — it’s the core of the town. I love the DakotaDome. I’ve met some great people here, and it’s made Vermillion a fun town.
Stewart: What’s the last movie you saw?
Sarehkhani: 21 Jump Street. That movie was SO funny. I used to think Channing Tatum was an actor just for girls, but that guy is hilarious.
Stewart: If you just won the lottery, what would you buy?
Sarehkhani: I would buy the most expensive motorcycle money can buy. I’ve always wanted a motorcycle, and because I wouldn’t have to live for anything, I could just ride it everywhere and speed whenever I want.
Stewart: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Sarehkhani: I would live in San Diego. It’s the best city in the best state in the best country…in the whole world. Every time I’ve been there I’ve had a good time.
Stewart: What’s something about you that most people don’t know?
Sarehkhani: I’m from Las Angeles, California. Most people here don’t know that because I’m all the way here in South Dakota. AND, I have my own radio show here.
Stewart: Do you like to dance?
Sarehkhani: I love to dance! But I’m not very good. I’m a pretty good shuffler, though. I think it’s weird because in California everybody shuffled, and when I came here, nobody really knew how to shuffle.
Stewart: What type of music do you like most?
Sarehkhani: I really like all kinds of music except country. I really dislike country. If I had to pick one genre, I’d probably choose rock over rap, as vague as that is.