Athlete of the Week Northeastern High School

Name: Payton Chatfield

School: Northeastern High School

Grade: 12

Age: 18

Sports: Cross Country, Swimming and Track

Claim to fame/honors: First Team all OHC, Second Team All County, Regional and State Qualifier, Academic All Ohio, and Scholar Athlete

Words you live by: "The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win." - Sir Roger Bannister

Toughest opponent: Dylan Lauck from West Liberty

Biggest influence: My friends and family

Game-day rituals: Eat pancakes for breakfast before every meet and wear the exact same outfit as before

What's on your bedroom walls: A mural of an African waterhole

When I'm bored I like to … Read or study up on some random animal facts

Favorite movie: Jurassic Park

Person who would play you in a movie: Joe Alwyn

Favorite TV show: Castle

Favorite musical artist: Breaking Benjamin

Favorite book: Zoo by James Patterson

Favorite home-cooked meal: Meatloaf

Favorite restaurant: Old Bag of Nails

Whose mind would you like to read: My twin brother's

Place where you'd love to travel: South Africa

Talent you'd like to have: I wish I had a good memory

Favorite school subject: Science

Favorite athlete: Clayton Murphy

Favorite team: My cross country team

Something in the world I'd like to change: Poaching

Favorite sports moment: When I crossed the finish line at regionals and didn't know if I got in or not. I looked over at my friends and they were screaming yes. I ran out of the chute, crying and got hugged by everyone.

Favorite junk food: Chocolate chip cookie dough Pop-Tarts

Best thing about your favorite sport: How close our team has become

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