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SHELIA BURRELL
Event: Heptathlon
Height: 5-8
Weight: 145
PR:
6472 (2001) 100H - 13.05; HJ - 1.73m/5-8; SP 15.02m/49-3 1/2; 200m - 22.92; LJ - 6.57m/21-6.75; JT - 50.31m/165-0; 800m - 2:10.11
Born: January 15, 1972, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Current Residence: Chula Vista, Calif.
High School: Rio Grande HS (NM) '90
College: UCLA '95
Coach: Cliff Rovelto
Agent: Self
Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 2004 Olympic Trials champion; 2001 World Outdoor bronze medalist; 4-time USA Outdoor champion (99, 02, 03, 04); 3-time USA runner-up (98, 00, 01)

Burrell continued her reign as the nations leading heptathlete in 2004 by winning her third consecutive USA Outdoor title, and her fourth national championship of her careerher Olympic 4th-place finish keeps her among the worlds best... a sprinter in high school, Burrell had bests of 11.8 (100m) and 61.8 (400m)she started running when she was asked to race by the Albuquerque Olympic Club, I used to beat all the boys in PE classthat was the coolest thing. She was all-state in track, basketball and volleyball and had scholarship offers in all three sportsshe won state titles as a senior in 100, 200, 400, LJ, and HJUCLA was the only school that recruited her as a heptathlete, and she tried the heptathlon as a UCLA frosh, but concentrated on the hurdles for the next few yearsshe then returned to the heptathlon as a seniordouble major in English/American studies and historyno relation to Houston star alums Leroy and Dawn Burrell, though she says, I have gotten their charges on hotel bills when Ive been at track meetsreturned from the 1995 World University Games to find that her then-coach, Bob Kersee, had resigned from UCLA, and as her coach as wellshe spent a year in Santa Barbara being coached by heptathlon vet Jane Frederick. It was rough, she saysI had to move. I went home to New Mexico and stayed there until I got sick of itmoved to Manhattan, Kansas, to train with coach Cliff Roveltoalso spends time writing for a historical websitesays a big advantage is her relationship with Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Im inspired by hera lot of my motivation came from realizing that Jackie was just Jackie. Whatever problem I run into, shes been through it, and I can call her and ask her.

2004: Olympic Trials heptathlon champion (6,194)4th at Olympic Games (6296)3rd in 100mH at Drake Relays (13.67)6th at Gotzis (6272)ranked #5 in the world (#1 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 6296.
2003: USA Outdoor Champion (6,159)Did not compete at World Outdoors due to knee injuryranked #1 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 6,159.
2002: U.S. Outdoor Champion (6299)1st at Gotzis (6,363)3rd at Talence (6085)ranked #3 in the world, #1 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 6,363.
2002: U.S. Outdoor Champion (6299)1st at Gotzis (6,363)3rd at Talence (6085)ranked #3 in the world, #1 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 6,363.
2001: Won bronze medal at World Champs with personal best mark (6472) 2nd at USA Outdoors (6051)won at Talence (6454)ranked #4 in the world (#1 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 6472.
2000: 2nd at Olympic Trials (6339)...placed 26th at Olympics (5345 points) after getting no points in the high jump, sustaining a knee strain on her first jump and no-heighting... she continued to compete and finished the heptathlon in spite of her injury...4th at Gotzis with 6422... ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 6422.
1999: Won USA Outdoors (6101)... 11th at World Champs (6162)...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 6261.
1998: 2nd in USA Outdoors (6294w PR)... won Mt SAC (5840w)...7th at Goodwill Games (5098; including 13.22 PR for 100H)...ranked #4 U.S. by T&FN...best of 6294w.
1997: Did not compete.
1996: 14th at Olympic Trials (5601)...best of 5601.
1995: 8th in USA Outdoors (5735 PR)...won 100 (11.63), false start in 200, 4th in 100H (13.57) at Pac-10...4th in NCAA (5720 PR); second leg on 4th-place 4x400 (53.1 for 3:33.52)...did not finish World University Games...ranked #10 U.S. by T&FN...best of 5735.
1994:
Did not compete because of knee problems...best of 13.58 (100H).
1993: 3rd in 100 (11.93), 2nd in 100H (13.53w), at Pac-10...4th in 100H semi (13.58) at NCAA; ran second leg on 6th-place 4x400 (3:32.62).
1992: Best of 14.30 (100H).
1991: 7th in Pac-10 (4720)...best of 4720.

3/29/05

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