Fort Frye senior Matthew Cheeseman competes in a cross country run last fall.
GPA: 2.9 (3.4 last grade period)
Sports: cross country, track and field
College: Shawnee State University
Family: Darren and Cathy (father and mother); one older sister, Alyssa.
Question: You and your cross country team had an amazing run last fall. That had to have been very satisfying to you as a senior.
Answer: Yes, I'm very happy with how things turned out. We ran 13 races during the season, and we ended up qualifying for state. What an amazing atmosphere it was at state. I would've of course liked to have been All-Ohio - but I did finish 38th (top 50), so I was pleased.
Q: Now, you've signed with Shawnee State, and you'll be competing at the next level (Division I, NAIA) in cross country and track.
A: They've got a really great running program there, and I think it'll be the right college for me.
Plus, I know some of the kids who are there (former Cadets' Sarah Biehl and Jeremy Anderson, Warren's Halle Richards, and Belpre's Breydon Gates) already and will be going there (Warren's Parker Blain).
Q: During your prep running career, name a couple of highlights that stand out.
A: For me, going to state for the first time in cross country was certainly a thrill. Then, at the OVAC (at Meadowbrook in Byesville), I set a PR (personal record) of 16:33 in the 5k.
In track, our 4x800 relay team almost set the school record. I think we were like about two seconds off.
Q: Who has influenced you the most during your running career at Fort Frye?
A: My family has really pushed me to be the best that I can be. My dad has been like a coach. He actually ran and played golf at Marietta High. Then, we moved to Lowell.
Q: Is there anything you like to do outside of running?
A: I like to play video games, and be the student section leader at basketball games.
That's a lot of fun. I also play a little golf for fun.
- Ron Johnston, email@example.com