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Athletes of the Week: Cullen Raftery & Adam Zook

Each week the Eagle Eye chooses an Athlete of the Week from nominations made by the varsity head coaches

May 19, 2016

Athlete of the Week: Cullen Raftery

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.

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    Athlete of the Week: Adam Zook

    Name: Adam Zook

    Sport: Track

    Grade: 12

     

    Accomplishments:

    Finished third at districts in the 800-meter run with a personal best run of of 2.01.10. Adam will compete at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships next week in Shippensburg.

    Coach Chris Shedd’s Quote:

    “Adam continues to improve. He is running great right now. I fully expect that trend of improvement to continue next week at States. 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?

    Adam Zook: My brother ran track and my mom encouraged me to get involved. 

    EE: What other sport(s) do you play?

    Adam: Cross Country, Mock Trial

    EE: Favorite professional sports team?

    Adam: Pittsburgh Steelers.

    EE: Favorite professional athlete?

    Adam: Andrew McCutchen

    EE: Who is your hero? Why?

    Adam: I don’t believe in heroes. They will only disappoint you.

    EE: Favorite band/musician?

    Adam: I don’t listen to music.

    EE: Favorite movie?

    Adam: The Godfather

    EE: Favorite Food?

    Adam: Spaghetti and Meatballs

    EE: What advice would you give younger athletes?

    Adam: Work hard, play hard. Ride the wave of success.

    EE: What are your future goals?

    Adam: Become the superhero I dreamed of becoming as a child.

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    1. Coach Everhart on May 20th, 2016 8:42 am

      Good luck at States, Zook. Without knee-pull-ups for sale and Sasquatches, track practices next year will never be the same. We will always remember you and your spirit.