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ASPIRE Athlete Of The Week For May 30, 2014: Caleb Butler

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Blaine High School’s Caleb Butler can run. In fact, he can do just about anything he sets his mind to. That’s what makes him special, according to Coach Rob Nick.

“He’s a coach’s dream. He does everything we ask of him, his effort is always outstanding, he gives us 100 percent,” Nick said. “He’s just an amazing athlete. His strength is unbelievable, and for a kid to be 6’3′, 220 and to run 110 hurdles. He ran 300 hurdles, shot disc, he’s going to run a 4X1 for us.”

It’s been quite a senior year for the three-sport star.

“Track is just an amazing sport, I love it, but I do like football and wrestling a little bit better. But still love the sport,” Butler said.

He’s also had to bounce back from injury in his senior season.

“It’s been a roller coaster. I did really good in football and then I dislocated my shoulder,” he said. “I wrestled throughout the whole wrestling season without having surgery on it, than after the state I had surgery on it. I had to wait two months for it to recover and to start back with track.”

Next fall, Butler will play football at North Dakota State University. But now, he will take a bow as our Athlete of the Week.

“Really grounded kid, he’s not a ‘me’ guy. I asked him what he wanted to do for conference and sections. He said, ‘What does the team need me to do?'” Nick said. “He’s just a great overall kid.”

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