As the misunderstood and troubled soul from the adolescent literature classic “The Catcher in the Rye,” Holden Caulfield is a character many young folks can identify with.
Named for the protagonist of that novel, Sturgis East cross country captain Holden Parrent doesn’t see many parallels between his life and that of the story’s main character.
“I think my mom and dad both liked the book and just thought it was a cool name,” said the other Holden. “In some ways I may be like him, but I’m definitely not Holden Caulfield.”
While Holden Caulfield often found himself on the run from his problems, the Sturgis East version prefers to do his running along the local cross country course. And, unlike his namesake, he is quite well-adjusted.
Parrent has a penchant for studying history and psychology, works a part time job at the Red Nun Bar and Grill in Dennis, and has been a four-year member of the Storm team.
“It’s a tough sport and what we do out there is intense,” he explained. “We’re out there day in, day out, rain or shine. A lot of times there’s a lot of shine and it’s real hot.”
Just the same, he battles through it all, through shin injuries and often exhaustion on the course.
“Running takes a lot of effort, it’s tough,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll just repeat things over and over in my head to pass the time.”
One of the catch phrases was something he learned from his dad, a CrossFit trainer: Fight through the suck.
“It was something my dad would say to me when I first started running,” he said. “He does CrossFit, which is also very intense, and that was his way of thinking so he just imparted that on me. A lot of times I’ll say that to myself and it will push me to go faster and do more.”
Holden hopes to attend St. Michael’s College next fall as a psychology major.
20 Questions with Holden Parrent
1. Favorite subject: Psychology
2. Favorite book: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
3. Favorite food: Pizza; not only regular pizza but also dessert pizzas.
4. Favorite movie: “A Dog’s Purpose”
5. Favorite TV show: “Nailed It!”
6. Favorite Cape restaurant: The Red Nun Bar and Grill in Dennis.
7. Favorite Cape hangout: Going to the beach, whether it’s the ocean or a pond.
8. Favorite sports team: The New England Patriots
9. Favorite athlete: Tom Brady
10. Favorite ‘pump-up” music: I listen to country all the time and I just feel it.
11. Best advice I’ve received: “Fight through the suck.” In running there’s a point when you don’t want to keep going and you have a choice to either give up or to keep pushing.
12. Person I’d most like to meet: I’d love to meet someone from the past like Alexander the Great and hear about that time period.
13. Hobbies and interests: I love animals and helping my mom with our foster animals.
14. Own greatest sports moment: I’m most proud of the race I got my new personal record in last year, despite the fact that I was hurt at the time.
15. Most inspirational person: My dad.
16. Pregame rituals / superstitions: While I’m running is thinking of different ways I could get myself out of the race. It sounds bad but it gets me through the races and I have fun!
17. Bucket list place to visit: Greece and Italy. I’m interested in the history of these places, particularly their myths and the ancient structures that are still around today.
18. Biggest sports setback or obstacle: Every year that I have run cross country for Sturgis I have had this injury in my leg that won’t go away even after these four years of running. It’s disappointing to me that I have to deal with it.
19. College plans / major: Psychology. Saint Michael’s College.
20. Advice to young athletes: Keep on pushing yourself to do better and you will!
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