Jose Vivanco could easily be upset about his current playing condition.
Instead of competing in his two favorite track events — the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run — in a home dual meet against Linden and Brandon on April 17, the Holly senior was only able to run the PA system during the meet due to a stress fracture. The injury could end up erasing his entire track season.
However, instead of being upset about it, Vivanco looks to the bright side of things. And the bright side is pretty bright considering he’ll be continuing his athletic career at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock next fall when he joins the Division 1 athletic program’s men’s cross country and track programs on a full-ride scholarship.
“I may be out six to eight weeks and I may not be able to compete this year, but it’s not bugging me because I know I will get a chance to compete at the next level,” Vivanco said about his injury. “I’m excited to be a Trojan, that’s for sure.”
Vivanco had a local connection when he found out about the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
“The interim (track) coach at Oakland University used to be (current Arkansas at Little Rock track and cross country coach J.P.) Behnke,” Vivanco said. “He knew (Holly boys cross country coach Rich) Brinker. He reached out to coach Brinker and asked if he had any runners that could run a certain time. I was in that time, so he ended up getting in touch with me that way, which was pretty cool.”
Vivanco has been a key performer on both Holly’s track and cross country teams over the last four years. He was a second-team all-Metro performer during the cross country season, earning eighth at the final Metro League meet of the season with a 5K time of 17:07.49. His best 5K run was a 16:35.
In track, he has run the 800 in 2:00 and has posted a 1,600 run of 4:32. Vivanco was third in the 800 at the Metro League Meet during his junior season with a time of 2:02.30. He was 10th at the regional meet with a time of 2:01.62.
Vivanco has been to Arkansas Little Rock.
“I went there in January and it was definitely warmer there than it was here,’ Vivanco said. “I think when I left here, it was nine degrees. When I got there it was 45, so it was like a 40-degree jump. That was nice.”
Vivanco will have to get used to longer cross country distances as well. The college distance builds to 10K by the end of the season. At the prep level it’s only a 5K.
“That will definitely be something I’ll have to get used to,” Vivanco said. “It will be like jumping from middle school and the two mile to the 5K. It’s a big jump, but it’s something you can get used to.”