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High School Athlete Of The Week – Deshawn Owens

With one glance at Deshawn Owens’ accomplishments its easy to wonder when he has time to slow down.

Given the milestones Owens has achieved in his track and cross country career at C.B. Aycock, it doesn’t appear that he plans to slow down any time soon.

Owens currently holds school records at C.B. Aycock in the 800, 1000 and 1600 meters in track, as well as the 5K in cross country. He has also been an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A All-Conference selection, a Wayne County champion and team captain in both sports.

“I’m the most proud of the mile school record,” Owens said. “The mile is my favorite event and that’s the one I was really striving to get. When I got it I was ecstatic.”

Owens is this week’s WGBR High School Athlete of the Week.

The WGBR High School Athlete of the Week is a partnership between Curtis Media Group, Mt. Olive Pickles, Wayne UNC Health Care, O’Berry and Lewis Insurance and Goldsboro Physical Therapy to recognize local high school athletes who excel athletically, academically and through service to their community.

Each Friday morning through November 17th, a local high school athlete will be recognized on the WGBR morning show as well as in a feature story on goldsborodailynews.com. The recognized athletes are chosen by the athletic department and administration from their respective high schools.

Owens began running competitively as a freshman, thanks to encouragement from neighborhood friend Joseph Mooneyham. Mooneyham was already a cross country athlete at C.B. Aycock, and he saw potential in Owens.

Owens and Mooneyham developed a friendly rivalry that motivated Owens to reach his full potential. A dedication to maintaining his pace while running longer distances pushed Owens to train both at practice and on his own, with those school records never far from his mind.

“I’ve seen (Owens) become more focused,” Golden Falcons’ cross country and track coach Butch Bennett said. “I think it helped that he and Joseph Mooneyham had a little competition going. I actually missed the meet where he finally beat Joseph in the mile. I think I got a text right away about that. I think those two drove each other for a while, and once Joseph graduated Deshawn really focused on going for those school records.”

When Owens isn’t busy rewriting C.B. Aycock’s record books on the track or cross country trail, he’s maintaining a 4.5 grade point average. He is also involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, DECA, National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society.

“School comes first,” Owens said. “And running is second. I study and do my homework and then I go running.”

Owens has aspirations of being a lawyer. After high school he plans to attend a four-year university to major in business and minor in communications, before attending law school.

2 Comments

  1. Gail says:

    Keep up the good work!

    Reply
  2. Kelly tom says:

    Congratulations

    Reply

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