Ellen Shepard-Central Columbia Sprinter | News
Ellen Shepard from Central Columbia burst onto the scene in 2011 winning the District IV 100 meter dash at Shikellamy high-school as a freshman. 2012 more of the same for the super sophomore a 7th place finish in the 100 and 6th in the 200. Fast forward to this year undefeated in dual meets-new school records and a promising post-season coming up.
“I’m looking forward to running in all those big meets. It’s kind of scary at first, but I’m getting into it now in my junior year so I just get used to it all and just going thru it,” said Ellen Shepard.
Sprint coach Nate Johnson worked with Ellen in the winter to make her stronger. The results are showing. Hand held times of 12.08 seconds in the 100 and 24.86 in the 200 occur regularly.
“We did a lot of lifting Coach McConnell he is our jumping and distance coach. He had a great program for the kids. He got the kids involved and she really stuck with it,” said Nate Johnson.
“I hit the weight room three times a week. I would do like full body like power cleans and upper body mostly just working on my core. Just staying strong up top,” again said Ellen.
Ellen already won back-to-back District IV titles in the 100 and 200. She is going to try to make it three in a row coming up on Saturday May 18th at Susquehanna University.
“I’m hoping to pr there. The district record is 12.1 seconds, and so if I can get that-that would be my dream I’m hoping. My goal eventually is too break 12. 0 seconds. I think that would be unbelievable,” added Ellen.
12 months of training comes down to 12 seconds of time. Ellen is hoping that is on her side.