Shepard named All-American again
By racing to an eighth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston on Saturday, Glenwood graduate Sarah Shepard added another impressive element to her running resume -her third All-American selection.What’s more amazing than the trio of honors, is the fact that Shepard, a senior at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has earned each in a different sport.After meriting the title in the steeplechase in outdoor track and field in 2005, Shepard captured her second selection in 2006 in cross country. Shepard is only the second athlete in the history of UCCS sports to accomplish the multi-sport recognition.Shepard’s third title didn’t come easily on Saturday. With Mandi Zembra of Grand Valley State way out in first place from the beginning of the race (she set a course record with her win in 16 minutes, 16.17 seconds), Shepard led the pack following her.She held the spot until the 15th lap, when, one by one, others started to pass her. Then, with only one lap left (about 200 meters), Shepard turned on the jets.The 2002 Glenwood graduate climbed from 13th to seventh in the short distance before Clarion’s Erin Richards raced back to take seventh 0.07 second before Shepard. When all was said and done, Shepard recorded a time of 17:11.56 to finish eighth and take the final spot on the podium.The lone UCCS Mountain Lion at the meet gave her team one point, as UCCS finished 39th at the meet as a team.Shepard will now shift gears and travel to Colorado with her team to compete in the first outdoor meet of the year in the Potts Invitational in Boulder.
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