Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Major: Mechanical engineering
Sports: Cross country, indoor track and outdoor track
Campus Involvement: Kellner enjoys snowboarding and playing guitar. Additionally, he is a member of the Robotics Club.
Q: When did you start running and what got you interested in it?
A: I started running in fifth grade. I had to do a mile run test and I ended up doing really well in it so my parents put me in a track club, the Syracuse Chargers. Then, in seventh grade I started doing cross country and track, and I would swim in the winters until high school when I started indoor track.
Q: What runs through your mind during a tough race?
A: Honestly, not a lot runs through my mind; my mind is usually pretty blank. I try to focus on how it will feel to when it’s over and I tell myself that the pain is worth the glory at the end. I also try to remind myself of all the people counting on me.
Q: Is it difficult to be in season year-round?
A: It’s not really that difficult because it’s all I know. I can’t really imagine not running. I run every day and it’s just a part of my day.
Q: What are the best aspects of Union’s cross country and track teams?
A: The guys and girls are really nice, fun and great to get along with. I remember being on my overnight and thinking how great it was that everyone got along so well. Also, the coaching staff is really good.
Q: What’s been your biggest athletic accomplishment so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment so far was probably making it to states my senior year of high school. Also, once at an indoor track meet during my senior year, I was put in a mid-distance race. I’m a long-distance kind of guy so was put in the slower heat of the race, but I ended up winning the whole thing. That showed me that I have speed and not just endurance.
Q: Who are your greatest influences?
A: I’d have to say my family; they’ve always been there for me. Also, my teammates and coaches are great influences.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about Union?
A: I really like the community; it’s easy to get to know people.
Q: What’s your go-to food of choice in Reamer?
A: Honestly, anything. I am notoriously not picky.
Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in Schenectady?
A: I would have to say Bombers.