As we continue with our Alumni Spotlight project we sit down with our first Dickinson Athletics alumni couple, Arthur and Catherine Worthington. Both excelled in their respective sports as Catherine [Campbell], class of 2012, was a standout runner for the Red Devils, while Arthur, class of 2013, left as one of the top men's golfers in program history.
Catherine, who grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was active in just about every sport imaginable. "One thing I recall from youth sports was I was very good at the warm up and the call down. I was pretty bad at just about everything else related to ball sports," Catherin said with a laugh. "In fifth grade I joined the track team and it was all history from there."
Meanwhile Arthur, who grew up just outside of Baltimore, has been playing golf for effectively his entire life. "I was fortunate I grew up right near a golf course," Arthur stated. "Evenings in the summer were spent with family playing. When I was young both brothers and I would leave the house at 8:30 in the morning and come home at 6:30 at night and the whole day was spent playing and practicing golf."
As mentioned above they are the first alumni couple we have spotlighted and it was really Dickinson Athletics that brought them both together. Through mutual friends they both ended up at the same event and the rest as they say is history. Both happened to be back on campus early during the summer of 2011, Arthur to sing with the Octals and Catherine for cross country preseason.
As they reflected back they both touched on how close knit the campus truly is and that you as a student-athlete have friends across a wide range of groups. "Because it is smaller you get to know a lot of different people," Arthur stated. "I am a big believer that you join different groups and organizations when you go to college. At least in our experiences we fell into leadership roles and leadership opportunities and those helped set us up for success in our careers."
One thing that both Catherine and Arthur both spoke highly of was the encouragement from Dickinson and in particular the Dickinson coaches to get involved in various organizations outside of their respective sports. "Dickinson encourages a well bodied individual," Catherine said. "They want people to be well versed in many different aspects. Healthy individuals that can cultivate relationships with other people."
On the field of competition or really course and track in their case both experienced success in a Dickinson uniform, which came in large part because of their teammates and the culture developed by their respective coaches. "I had an incredibly special time as a runner," Catherine said. "Coach Nichter created such a wonderful and successful team at Dickinson. I really enjoyed the team aspect and Coach Nichter was really all about the team and the team's success. Being part of the greater team helped bring out the best in myself."
For Arthur, he recalled that Coach Breaux understood that all the golfers came from a different background and had their own swing coach. "He let us evolve as golfers and lean on our coaches back home," Arthur stated. "He was a great leader and great organizer in giving us an environment to succeed."
Now both professionals and alumni, Arthur and Catherine couldn't recommend enough to young men and women because of what the school and experience can offer them. "For me, I would say the ability to create relationships with people," Catherine said. For Arthur he stated that, "Dickinson creates an environment that gives you opportunity. It's more than just hanging a banner outside. You need to evaluate a college on the experience you will get. It was unique I could sing and play a varsity sport."
Athletics helped define who Catherine and Arthur were, but it was just a small piece of their story and isn't all that defines who they were then and who they are today. The opportunity to pursue their passions and interests academically and socially helped turn them into the people they are today and find success in the professional careers and aspirations.
Arthur helped lead Red Devil golf team to a pair of third-place finishes and a fourth-place showing at the Centennial Conference Championships. In 2011 the Red Devils set a then-conference tournament record with a low-round of 301. He turned in the low-individual round of the season that spring and had a season average of 80.2. In 2012 Arthur led the team, dropping his average to 77.5 and had five top-10 finishes in seven tournaments. He had a career-best showing at the CC Tournament, claiming eighth in the individual standings. He added three top-10 showings in 2013, averaging 79.5 on the year and 79.8 for his career.
During her time at Dickinson, Catherine had an outstanding career in both cross country and track & field. In 2012, she ran to All-America honors in the 5000-meters at the NCAA Indoor National Track & Field Championships and was named to the Co-SIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Team for cross country and track & field. She was a four-time NCAA All-Region and three-time First-team All-Centennial Conference performer in cross country, leading the Red Devils to four straight NCAA Championship appearances. She captured a conference title in the 3000-meters at the indoor championships in 2012 and earned a combined six All-Conference honors in indoor and outdoor track & field. Campbell is a two-time McAndrews Award Winner, earning the honor as the top performing female student-athlete in both 2010 and 2012.
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