Q&A: Getting to know Cole’s Landon Duplessis
Cole senior Landon Duplessis has won all four cross country meets he’s entered this season, which includes Saturday’s FEAST Invitational where he prevailed over a field of 269 runners.
Duplessis has run varsity cross country and track for four years. In May, he earned his first medal at the UIL state track meet with a second-place finish in the Class 3A 3,200-meter run.
Duplessis was Cole’s No. 2 runner as a freshman when the Cougars finished second to Luling (which has won eight state championships in a row) in the 3A team during a downpour at the UIL state meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. His best individual finish in state cross country was two years ago when he was ninth.
E-N: You are off to a strong start in cross country. What do you think about the way you are competing?
“I’m just taking it one race at a time, staying smart about my training and recovery which is ultimately leading to success for me that I hope to continue for my upcoming competitive races and post season.”
E-N: How much room for improvement do you have?
“I feel like there is a lot of room for improvement that can be done. At the moment, I have yet to tap into a large amount of strength training and there is a lot more intensity during my workouts that has yet to come.”
E-N: What are your goals this season?
“I would like to win a state championship for cross country and track. Time wise, I would like to get around 15:15 for my 5K (in cross country), 9:12 for my 3,200 meters and 4:15 for my 1,600 meters.”
E-N: How did you get into running?
“I got into running the summer before my freshman year. I ran track in middle school with very little training and I had success, so I decided to run cross country in high school. The fact that we had a great team my freshman year also made me want to compete and try to take down Luling.”
E-N: What do you love the most about running long distance?
“I love the competitive nature of the sport and the training and the hard work that is necessary to be successful.”
E-N: What is the most difficult part about running long distance?
“It’s definitely the mental aspect. With running for such long periods of time, it takes a lot of effort to stay focused, continue with the intensity of your workout and not let your mind drift astray.”
E-N: You once played soccer. Did you think about pursing that instead of track and cross country?
“For a brief moment I did. But, the sport of running came into my life at a perfect time, and it wasn’t a difficult decision to make once I started competing.”
E-N: Your brother, Hunter, is a kicker and punter for UTSA. Did you ever play football?
“No. My parents always feared long-term injuries with good reason. My brother made a transition from soccer to kicking footballs, so it was easy and didn’t come with a ton of risk.”
E-N: What is your most memorable race?
“It would have to be my state (cross country) race my freshman year. It was pouring down rain and we knew the results would come down to Cole against Luling.”