Shelby Hader is a short distance runner for the track and field team. This is her first attempt at the sport. Additionally, Shelby is a member of the Lawrence University Swim Team.
Where are you from? What drew you to Lawrence?
Menomonee Falls, Wis. I was drawn to this school because of the small class sizes, the beautiful campus, and the personality of the students was really energetic and fun.
So this is your first year competing in track and field. What do you like most about it?
I really like the team and the coaches. And there’s something about when you run, it gives you a real adrenaline rush, a power surge, when you’re racing others. It’s a thrill.
Given your skillset, what do you hope to bring to the team this year?
I want to bring my work ethic into the program, as well as my ability to get better every day. Also, I want to be able to learn from my mistakes, not necessarily to win first place or to beat everybody, but to improve personally. I’d also like to bring some team spirit to the team.
What’s one thing you’re really looking forward to this year?
I’m looking forward to improving my times in the 100-meter dash and my throwing distance in javelin. Throwing javelin makes me feel like a Spartan woman.
What has your athletic career here at Lawrence taught you about being academically successful as well?
Being in sports has really helped me out with my time management skills.
How have your teammates helped you with your transition into a new sport?
They’ve been absolutely amazing. Every little thing, from the starting blocks to helping me to tweak my form, they’re there to help. They have really helped me out, and have been so accepting and willing to help.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be? Why?
That’s a hard one. I would love to have a Siberian tiger. They are such beautiful animals, but they are so powerful and intimidating too. I’d also love to cuddle with it.