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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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/articleid/3806176/1/pictures/2043467">Photo - Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard (3) leaps over Kansas State's Nigel Malone (24) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard (3) leaps over Kansas State's Nigel Malone (24) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Shepard participated in track as a freshman, but played soccer as a sophomore. She returned this year and won the long jump at two meets before Friday.

“We all know it's a family of tremendous athletes,” Heritage Hall coach David Crynes said. “Shelby has just scratched the surface of her potential. She went out and added five or six inches to her best jump here today.

“As an athlete, if she gets in the weight room, she has the potential to be a Division I athlete.”

That has become one of Shepard's primary goals.

“Quitting track last year, I realized that was a dumb decision,” she said. “I realized track was for me. Now I'm gonna try to get a scholarship.”

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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