Name: Owayne Owens
Graduating or last attending year at CC: 2018
Sporting events participated in while at CC: Track & Field (Triple & long Jump) and Football (Bench)
High school alias: Owens, Blacks, Fada Blacks, Benus, Benus Owens
College or University: University of Virginia
Freshman/Soph/Jr/Sr/Grad school: Third Year
Major: Intended Sociology Major
Graduating year: 2022
Current Occupation: Student
Currently located: Charlottesville, VA
- Academic Honor roll 4 consecutive semesters
- All-ACC indoor Track and Field Academic Team
- 2019-2020 ACC Academic Honor Roll
- 2019-2020 USTFCCCA All-Academic team
- Indoor All-American Honoree for the 2019-2020 indoor season
- First-team All-ACC honoree for the 2019-2020 indoor season
- Second place in the triple jump at the 2019-2020 ACC indoor championships
- Personal best of 16.25m
- Ranked third in the school’s history
How did Cornwall College prepare you?
For me, Cornwall College built the foundation of what it meant to be a successful student athlete. It taught me how to effectively execute on the track and in the classroom. I adjusted rather quickly to the academic rigor and intense training in college as these were actions that I learned to navigate in my time spent at CC. It also taught me how to be passionate and zealous in all my endeavors as a major part of my character is built upon the words of Mr. McIntyre; “remember to make excellence the hallmark of whatever you do, having the full knowledge that nothing great or worthwhile achieving was ever achieved without enthusiasm”.
What words of encouragement/advice would you provide to current students/ student-athletes?
For any upcoming student, the first thing I would tell them is that being at Cornwall College is a gift and that they should make the best of that opportunity. Definitely make use of the time you have there and value the friendships that you make as some of these will be transformed into lifelong brotherhood. As for the student athletes, it essential that they understand the full meaning of the term ‘student athlete”, it is not just about being good at your sport; it is always important to remember that you are a student before an athlete; just by acknowledging that mere fact, you’re already on your way to success. Secondly, I would recommend that they listen to the coaches and get into the habit of being a disciplined and hardworking student athlete. As long as you maintain these characteristics then it is inevitable that you’ll achieve all your goals. My last piece of advice is that for the student athletes who aspire to pursue their careers overseas, it is important that you do extensive research and educate yourself on the colleges that you are interested in. There’s information that you won’t be exposed to when you visit the campus and the coaches might not tell you, so it is your responsibility to make sure that your best interest is at heart at whatever college you choose. Try to find out what the racial climate is like on that campus, let your coaches know that when you visit you want to talk to somebody from the African American studies department. It is crucial that wherever you go it is a safe community that sees a black male athlete as a person rather than a commodity.
Favorite Memory while at Cornwall College
My favorite memory at CC goes back all the way to 10th grade when I returned to school the weekend after making my first national team. That experience was a turning point in my life as it became evident to me that I had the potential to build on the reputation of the institution and use my talent to set examples and secure a better future for myself. It also became evident that I was a part of a community that was extremely supportive as I was congratulated by teachers, coaches and my fellow classmates and teammates. That entire week, I received words of empowerment every single day and so it became clear to me that I was blessed to be in an environment where success and humility is celebrated; a place conducive to growth and development. It was during that period of time when I was taught to continuously train hard and remain humble about my successes and always prioritize education because track and field can be ungrateful at times. I learnt some lifelong lessons over the course of that week and so whenever I think back to Cornwall College, I always reflect on that time frame as my favorite memory due to the fact that my foundation as a successful student athlete was built mostly on the experiences and wisdom that I gained from that week to now.
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