Belpre’s Windland competes in two fall sports
Age: 17 (18 next month)
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, email@example.com