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Athlete of the week is Westbury's Skeete

The feat

Achieved the "impossible triple" by winning the 1,000-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter races on the same day at the Nassau championships. He won the 3,200 in 9:59.59, shortly followed by the 1,000 in 2:42.14 and finally the 1,600 in 4:37.37.

The quote"Two weeks before the races I heard that it was called the impossible triple. That made me want to do it more, to prove that it is a myth."

History in the sportSkeete began running as a sprinter at age 5 for a Westbury club team. As a distance runner, he now finds his strength in his long stride and wants to continue to work on his speed. Before races Skeete likes to take a long jog and get the contest off his mind. He does not think of the event at all until the gun goes off.

From coach Don Ross

"Owen runs extremely smooth and level . . . then he eats everything, he is a bottomless pit."

What's nextSkeete looks forward to reaching new personal bests and claiming more school records as a senior at Westbury. In two weeks he will be competing in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the state championships in Ithaca. He hopes to break 4:20 in the 1,600.

The lightning round

Career highlight? "The 1600 is my favorite, every time," he said.

Favorite video game? "Sims."

Favorite TV show? "Bones."

What's on your iPod? Reggae.

Favorite Pro Athlete? Pamela Jelimo.

Last movie you saw? "Tyler Perry's Madea."

Favorite subject? Math and Science.

Favorite food? "Everything!"

Favorite place to vacation? Jamaica, "My home country."

Dream car? Escalade.

Dream job? Pathologist.

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