Athlete of the Week: Cullen Raftery

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Name: Cullen Raftery

Sport: Track

Grade: 12

Accomplishments: 

Cullen finished second at districts and set a new personal record in the triple jump with 43 feet and 6 1/2 inches.  He will compete at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships next week in Shippensburg.

Coach Chris Shedd’s Quote: 

“Cullen has fully recovered from his early-season injuries to become very consistent. Once he reaches a new PR it becomes his new standard jump. Both [Adam and Cullen] will be greatly missed next year. They provide great leadership and are great examples of work ethic for their younger teammates.”

EE: How did you first get involved in this sport?

Cullen: During the elementary track and field days and I carried through with the sport in high school.

EE: What other sports do you play?

Cullen: Football

EE: Favorite professional sports team?

Cullen: Pittsburgh Penguins

EE: Favorite professional athlete?

Cullen: Suave Carter

EE: Who is your hero? Why?

Cullen: My mother. She taught me everything and has been through everything with me.

EE: Favorite band/musician?

Cullen: Kid Cudi

EE: Favorite movie?

Cullen: Django Unchained

EE: Favorite food?

Cullen: French Toast

EE: What advice would you give to younger athletes?

Cullen: Never give up. Ride the wave. Wherever it takes you is wherever you’ll go. Always set your goals.

EE: What are your future goals?

Cullen: Complete Architectural Engineering at Penn State University Park.