Belpre’s Windland competes in two fall sports

Belpre’s Kellar Windland shoots during a high school soccer match against Caldwell earlier this season. Windland also is a cross country and track standout for the Golden Eagles. RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times

Kellar Windland

Belpre High

Year: senior

Age: 17 (18 next month)

GPA: 4.37

Favorite subject: math

Sports: Cross Country, Soccer, track and field

College: The Ohio State University

Major: Computer engineering

Family: Joseph and Shannon Windland; brothers’ Kyle and Kiser

Question: What’s your favorite sport?

Answer: I like to run cross country and play soccer, because it’s a team sport. I like the social interaction.

Q: You run with your younger brother. What’s that like?

A: (Laughs) It’s fun, and he’s somebody I can talk to.

Q: Any thoughts about the Belpre boys qualifying at the Rio Grande district for the Pickerington regional this Saturday?

A: It’s pretty exciting. It wasn’t my best time at district (18:43.63), but I was running more for place and focused on passing people to help the team.

Q: What’s it going to take to advance at regional?

A: (Laughs) It’s going to take a lot. The average for a team is 17:30, and we do it in about 18:30. It’s going to be tough, but we’re going to give it all we got. It’s a fast course, and we’ll be facing the best of the best.

Q: What’s your best cross country time for 5000 meters?

A: I did 17:54 at Nelsonville-York during the season.

Q: What’s preparation going to be like this week?

A: Less mile, so we’ll be fresh on Saturday.

Q: You’re also a soccer player. How long have you been playing the game?

A: Since I was seven or eight. I played in rec leagues in Belpre. When I was a freshman at Belpre, I ran cross country, because my older brother (Kyle) said the team needed people. There were only four of us.

When I was a sophomore and junior, I just played soccer. Then, this year, I did both soccer and cross country.

Q: I’ll bet you that you were pretty tired when you got home at night?

A: (Laughs) Tired would be an understatement. But I wish I’d play both sports all four years.

Q: Any sports highlights that you’d like to share?

A: When I was a freshman, we won the TVC in cross country, and I finished eighth at district. In soccer, I headed a goal off a corner kick the first time we play Caldwell. That was pretty exciting.

Q: What event do you do in track?

A: The 2-mile.

Q: How fast are you?

A: I’ve done it in 11:26.

Q: Who has helped impact your sports career at Belpre?

A: Well, I have a pretty good work ethic, but when I was a freshman cross country runner, my brother (Kyle) kept me motivated. In track, I always looked up to Coach Erwin DeGraef.

Q: What do you do off the playing fields? Any hobbies?

A: (Laughs) I just do a lot of studying. In the winter, I condition on my own to get ready for the track season.

Ron Johnston,