Milwaukie HS decathlete eyes college, Olympics

Athlete of the Week

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (KOIN) — Arthur Katadhin manages to fit a lot into one day. He began playing soccer “when I was like 3 or 4,” he said.

Now, the junior at Milwaukie High School plays soccer. And basketball. And cross-country. And track-and-field — where he is a decathlon athlete.

Arthur fell in love with the decathlon because, for him, it’s the perfect fit.

“With decathlon, if you get strung up on one event and you get tired of it, you can just go practice another,” he told KOIN 6 News. “I got into track because I missed the soccer signups.”

Milwaukie High School  junior Arthur Katadhin is a decathlete with his eye on the Olympics, September 28, 2018 (KOIN)

He’s excelled in most of his sports. After winning the regionals last year, Arthur went on to win the Junior National Decathlon Championships. He now has his sights set on college, even the Olympics.

By the way, his GPA is 4.0.

Milwaukie High School basketball coach Donny Law, September 28, 2018 (KOIN)

His basketball coach, Donny Law, said student athletes like Arthur don’t come around often.

“We’ve had some kids come through who are very athletic,” Law said. “A kid named Kendrick Bourne who plays for the 49ers, we’ve had Keenan Middleton, who pitches for the Los Angeles Angels, and, you know, we have Arthur. He fits the mold. He just works hard. So they come around, they just don’t come around often.”

Arthur also rides his bike to and from school every day, logging between 6 and 12 miles. That’s on top of all his practices and games and school work.

Arthur Katadhin is the KOIN 6 News Athlete of the Week for September 28, 2018.

Milwaukie High School  junior Arthur Katadhin is a decathlete with his eye on the Olympics, September 28, 2018 (KOIN)

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