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Class 4A track: Heritage Hall's Shelby Shepard can jump like big brother

Shelby Shepard, a junior at Heritage Hall, won the long jump at the Class 4A state track meet at Ardmore's Noble Stadium Friday at 17 feet, 3 3/4 inches. And her first phone call after receiving her medal was to her big brother, OU receiver Sterling Shepard.
by Scott Wright Published: May 3, 2013
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As it turns out, there's more than one leaper in the Shepard family.

The signature moment of Sterling Shepard's freshman season as an Oklahoma football player was captured in photographs of him jumping over the head of a Kansas State defender.

Well, little sister has some hops, too.

Shelby Shepard, a junior at Heritage Hall, won the long jump at the Class 4A state track meet at Ardmore's Noble Stadium Friday at 17 feet, 3 3/4 inches.

And her first phone call after receiving her medal was to her big brother.

“His junior year, he qualified for state in the long jump and was runner-up. I guess it's kind of in the family,” Shelby Shepard said. “Right after I finished, I called and told him that he got second, but I won. He gave me props though, doing the big brother thing. He's real supportive.”

Shepard only defeated Anna Newsome of Blackwell by 1/4 inch, and the winning jump came on her first attempt of the final round.

“There was a lot of tension waiting to see if it would hold up,” Shepard said. “I was hoping I could get a better jump, but I pulled it out.”

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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