Pacific athletes of the week
Last week: Ran for 192 yards on 13 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 76 and 34 yards to power the Panthers over Kubasaki 14-8 on Friday, winning the Okinawa Activities Council’s best-of-three championship series 2-0 and dethroning the defending league and Far East Class AA champion Dragons at Kubasaki’s Mike Petty Stadium.
Shattuck, a junior transfer from Putnam City West High in Oklahoma, gained 335 yards and scored four times on 28 carries, averaging 11.9 yards per try, in Kadena’s two victories in the series, including a 28-14 triumph in the opener on Oct. 13. He also racked up 25 tackles and blocked one punt.
“He has more raw talent and some of the best football instincts I’ve seen in the last five to six years,” coach Sergio Mendoza said. “He’s making great strides in his discipline and his knowledge of the game. I think he’s one who goes up to the next level.”
Jillian BusbyCross country
Last week: Capped an unbeaten season by winning the 3.1-mile Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference championship meet race on Saturday at International Christian-School-Uijongbu. She was timed in 20 minutes, 55 seconds, finishing 31 seconds ahead of runner-up Jane Kang of Seoul International.
Busby, a sophomore, went undefeated in seven KAIAC regular-season meets, was named KAIAC Runner of the Year and was one of three Falcons named to the KAIAC All-Conference team and helped the defending Far East meet champion Falcons repeat their KAIAC title as well, with an unblemished 7-0 team mark.
“She’s an outstanding young lady,” Seoul American athletics director Donald Hedgpath said. “She excels in everything she does. As far as a runner, she’s been top flight. She’s been doing extremely well. We have a couple of runners doing well in conference, but she’s been out in front all season.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff