Shea Murphy – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- School is hard enough when a student just goes to class. However, doing well in school, volunteering on the weekends, taking advanced classes, and earning three varsity letters is a very difficult task… ask sophomore Owen Cattlet.
Cattlet is on the LRHS varsity cross-country team as well as the varsity soccer and track teams. He has a 4.0 unweighted GPA and is in numerous honors, advanced placement,
and college classes. He is a recognized scholar athlete.
Cattlet has been on a cross-country team since sixth grade in Nolan Middle School. Before that he participated in Willis Elementary School’s runners club and participated in community races.
His passion and love for running and soccer is equal to his dedication to school.
Cattlet’s schedule consists of numerous advanced classes such as Chemistry Honors, Pre-AP American Literature, Spanish 3 Honors, AP World History, and College Algebra and Trigonometry.
Not only does Cattlet run on the LRHS varsity track and cross-country teams and play on the varsity soccer team, he also plays on a club soccer team outside of school. His typical routine consists of running for LRHS from 2:30-4:30 p.m., going home, and then to club soccer practice from 7:30-9 p.m. This of course excludes days when he has meets or games during the week and on the weekends.
Cattlet’s busy schedule has taught him to pay close attention to how he spends his time, “I have learned to use my time wisely but the physical strain at times leads to injury.”
Cattlet was out two weeks after he pulled his hamstring this year in cross-country. He describes the transition back from injury as being the hardest part of being on any sports team.
He refused to let the injury stop him. Cattlet described himself as extremely impatient when he gets injured and just wants to start running. This though, can lead to further injury or slow down his healing process.
Though Cattlet is a dedicated athlete, his primary focus is school. He said if his grades were to ever slip, he would stop all his sports. He added, “School in every facet is more important towards my future endeavors in college and beyond.”