JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Mitchell Grose, right, is considered one of the best long distance runners in the area.
Grade-point average: 3.9
Sports: Cross country and track
Question: What are your expectations for your final season of track?
Answer: I'm expecting to be a lot better this year than in previous years. I've been able to stay healthy which is huge. I made it to state in cross country, so the expectation is to make it there in track as well. I just have to do the best I can.
Q: What are some moments in your high school athletic career that stand out to you?
A: I would say the (cross country) regional meet senior year. That was the best race I've ever run, because if I would have run that race any differently, I probably wouldn't have made it (to state). I was in shock when it happened just because of how tough Division I is and how everything had to be perfect and go a certain way.
Q: What do you do in the winter between track and cross country?
A: This winter I played basketball with my dad. We played about once a week with some older guys. It actually helped me with running because it wasn't just forward movement for hours. It was a lot of lateral work.
Q: As a cross country runner and a distance runner in track, what is it about running that you enjoy so much?
A: Probably just that it's all me. I get out of it what I put into it. It's not what an official sees. I love to win, and I'm willing to put in a lot of work to achieve it.
Q: What is going to be key this spring as you try to get your name out there for college?
A: I'm definitely banking on this track season. I think it will go well. Hopefully, when all is said and done, my name will be known not just in southeastern Ohio but all throughout the state.
- Jordan Holland