This week on '20 Questions' we learned more about junior Katelyn Weber. She broke the school shot put record two weeks ago at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship, after being the first UND woman to throw 50 feet.
20Q: How did you get started in track & field?
KW: Actually, it’s kind of a funny story, I went out for track assuming I would be a runner. Then, the throws coach told me I was too tall and had too long of arms to not try throwing. Needless to say, it worked out for me.
20Q:In your own words, describe your event and what you love about it?
KW: I throw shot put and discus and they are kind of hard to explain. Most people think the throws are the easiest, but they are actually very technical and require a lot of athleticism to do well.
20Q:What is your goal for the season?
KW: I would like to place in the top-three for both indoor and outdoor shot put and possibly make the first round of the NCAA championships. I would also like to improve my ranking in UND history in both shot put and discus.
20Q: What was the best advice ever given to you?
KW: There are two things that take absolutely no talent, work ethic and attitude. It's really the two things you have complete control over, and can completely alter the outcome of any practice or meet.
20Q: Which athlete inspires you the most?
KW: I’m not sure I can choose an athlete that inspires me, since I have always been someone who is inspired more by the people who surround me, rather than the people who are revered by society.
20Q:What would you like to be remembered for?
KW: I would like to be remembered as a good teammate, someone who works hard, and someone that encourages others.
20Q:What is your pre-competition ritual if you have one?
KW: I don't really have a pre-meet ritual.
20Q: What are your hobbies outside of athletics?
KW: I watch a lot of Netflix and enjoy watching NFL football. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and teammates.
20Q: Name one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?
KW: I am pursuing a major and three minors including, a major in Forensic Science and minors in Psychology, Biology, and Criminal Justice.
20Q: The best part of being an athlete?
KW: Having the opportunity to continue competing in a sport we love and traveling around the US to do it; along with the relationships you form along the way.
20Q: Which teammate inspires you the most and why?
KW: I like to think I draw inspiration from all my teammates, but two in particular would be Molli Detloff and former teammate Alyssa Lueck. Molli and I came in as freshman together and have grown very close, we push each other to work harder everyday to be the best throwers/teammates we can be. Alyssa was an older shot putter that I really looked up to and she kind of “showed me the ropes” and helped me through my first couple years at UND.
20Q: What are three things on your bucket list?
KW: I would like to see the summer olympics and would like to travel to Europe, to see some foreign exchange students from high school, and experience their cultures.
20Q: If you could do any event in track & field, what would it be & why?
KW: I would like to try pole vault, because falling from 10-15 feet in the air would be exhilarating.
20Q: Who has made the biggest impact in your life?
KW: I would say my parents have made the biggest impact in my life, because they are always there for me and have always been there to support me. Also, all my coaches over the years. They all have always believed in me, even when I didn't and I am forever grateful for that.
20Q: What is your goal after you graduate?
KW: I think it would be cool to work at a crime lab or as a forensic investigator, but we’ll see where life takes me.
20Q: How would your teammates describe you?
KW: My teammates would describe me as goal-oriented, supportive, logical, and as someone who is a quiet leader, and leads by example.
20Q: What is your favorite movie of all time? Why?
KW: I don’t really watch very many movies, but I am really into series involving crime drama.
20Q: Which road-trip are you most looking forward to this season and why?
KW: I am looking most forward to the California trips, specifically the San Diego trip. I love going to California and the San Diego trip will just be a small tight knit group of throwers.
20Q: What makes UND special to you?
KW: I think being part of a team and finding your second family here. I could have never imagined the support I have gotten from my track and field family here at UND.