Why Kreis was selected: The Knights junior claimed top honors in this weekend's Distance Night in Palatine with a 9:02.47 performance. That's now the best time in Illinois after he finished :0.07 seconds better than Hersey's Josh Mether. He also was an athlete of the week in the fall while competing in cross country.
Herald-News sports writer Curt Herron talked with Kreis.
Herron: What do you like the most about competing in track and field?
Kreis: The atmosphere and once you finish it's a big relief since it's pretty strenuous during the race.
Herron: What do you like the most about competing for Lincoln-Way Central?
Kreis: I like it a lot because we have a lot of good guys and we all work together as a team to try to push each other and try to get better and everyone encourages each other.
Herron: How did your cross-country season influence your track season?
Kreis: I had a pretty solid cross country season that didn't end the way I wanted. But it kind of me some motivation in the offseason to take it more seriously.
Herron: What do you want to do in the future?
Kreis: I'm starting to look at some colleges but I didn't about running competitively until last season. It was always in the back of my mind, but now I'm pretty confident that I want to.
Herron: Who's your favorite sports team and athlete?
Kreis: The Cubs. And Michael Jordan.
Herron: Do you have a favorite movie?
Herron: Do you like music?
Kreis: I like today's hits.
Herron: Do you have any pets?
Kreis: I have a cat that's named Max.
Herron: What would like to go into educationally?
Kreis: I'd like to go into Bio Medical Engineering.
Herron: Who's someone that you'd like to meet?
Kreis: Probably Bill Gates.
Herron: Where is the favorite place that you've been and where would like to go?
Kreis: Probably the Great Smoky Mountains. Maybe Paris or London.