COLUMBUS — Julie Kreikemeier's desire to continue her love for sports led her to seek an opportunity as a coach.

After graduating from Northwest Missouri State, where Kreikemeier broke the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, she found her chance at St. Edward High School as an assistant track and field coach.

Eleven years ago, she became a math teacher and assistant track coach at Columbus High.

She took the head girls track coach position two years ago and will begin her third season at the helm next spring.

The 33-year-old Missouri native moved to Columbus after meeting her husband Tony, who farms south of town.

They have three children, Eli, Alivia and Brooke, with a fourth due in December.

Q: Do you like to travel? Favorite vacation?

A: Yes. I am not sure on a favorite. I have enjoyed everywhere I have gone with many memories made on all. My goal is to visit every state in the U.S. and then eventually go to New Zealand.

Q: What are your pet peeves?

A: When people don’t put out their best effort, being lazy. Also when people can’t keep their hands to themselves.

Q: What are your thoughts on social media?

A: I believe it is a good tool to stay connected with others, but you have to be careful how much of our lives it consumes and what to always believe.

Q: Do you find it difficult to keep up with technology?

A: Not with devices. It takes a lot of time to keep up on all the apps, software, etc., so I am usually behind on those because that is not how I spend my free time.

Q: What is your favorite sports movie?

A: "McFarland, USA" and "The Sandlot" because they both have good story lines about working hard, accepting others and being a team to succeed.

Q: How do you think your past players would describe you?

A: Competitive, hardworking and caring.

Q: Who is the greatest athlete of all-time?

A: Right now, in my mind, it would be Salvador Perez.

Q: What change would you make to the educational system?

A: The amount of importance placed on standardized testing.

Q: What were your 15 minutes of fame?

A: Holding the Northwest Missouri State University steeplechase record and being on a banner and card to promote cross country and track and field for the school.

Q: Did you ever contemplate pursuing a different degree or profession?

A: I thought about going into occupational therapy, but at the time there was not a great demand, therefore I went into math education where I knew I would be able to get a job. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher because I always played one as a kid.

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