NED's Shelby Livingston signs to run for EvansvilleDecember 6, 2019
By COREY STOLZENBACH
DUBOIS — Shelby Livingston called it a big relief Friday when she signed her letter of intent to run cross country and track for the University of Evansville.
Livingston told the crowd Friday morning in the Northeast Dubois library that she made her decision because it reminds her of Dubois — a small, but tight-knit community. She told the Herald that she wanted to go to the University of Evansville for schooling, as she wants to major in something in the medical field, possibly physical therapy or dentistry. Yet, being able to run, too, is a very big deal to Livingston. She enjoys running because she sees it a major stress reliever for her.
She began running when she was younger, and participated in 5K runs with her parents, Adam and Jan Livingston. Shelby then began running cross country in fifth grade. She always wanted to run in college, and drew inspiration from one of her cousins, Ashton Bosler, a North Harrison graduate who ran for the University of Evansville also, though that did not have much of an influence on Livinston’s choice to run for the Aces.
“We always went to her meets,” Livingston said of Bosler. “We supported her along the way and she was kind of a role model for me, and then seeing how she ran in college and go on to some of those meets, made me think like maybe I could do this."
Livingston reached out to Aces head cross country and track coach Don Walters, expressing her desire to run for the University of Evansville. She said the visit to the campus and meeting with Walters went very well. Livingston likened things as being “family like.” She knew that’s where she wanted to be, and said Walters seemed like a very good coach. Livingston reached out to him when she was a junior, and made her final decision months ago as a senior.
She said it’s nerve-racking that she’ll be running at the NCAA Division I level and isn’t used to running against such quality competition from all over the country. It is going to be a challenge, but she added it’s going to be a few years of her life that she will remember the most. It’s “kind of a dream” to compete against other female runners and see how she does. She thinks she can offer leadership skills to the University of Evansville.
Livingston made it to semistate all four years in cross country for the Jeeps. She made it her first three years as an individual, and helped Northeast Dubois qualify as a team this year. Livingston earned the Mental Attitude and Practice Queen awards in cross country this year. She will most miss the team aspect of high school cross country, and will also miss getting to run with her sister, Sara, a freshman at Northeast Dubois.
Her days of running in high school aren’t over yet. She earned the MVP, Practice Queen and Distance Awards her junior year in track, and is currently readying herself for her senior track campaign. She’s been part of track conditioning two or three times a week, and is staying after and working harder. She wants to make a big impression come track season in order to make it to the bigger meets and be more well-prepared for collegiate cross country in the fall.
“She’s going to work hard with the team, do what the coach says,” Jeeps cross country coach Ben Gessner said. “She’s going to be one that’s going to put the effort in, and I sure hope provide a lot of success for them."
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