Shoeman Sprints Ahead
AMES, Iowa - After gaining valuable experience by competing in last year's Big 12 indoor and outdoor track meets, Iowa State sophomore sprinter and hurdler Krista Shoeman is more than ready to prove herself.
Shoeman's mindset on the track has always been consistent. She puts in the hours in practice and in the training room, capitalizing on the little things to get ahead.
"She is wonderful," Iowa State sprint and hurdles coach Nate Wien said. "She can run everything from coming out of the blocks to anchor. "The biggest testament from her is that she will say 'put me wherever I'll do it', she will perform wherever we put her and give her 100 percent effort. She is very consistent," said sprinter and hurdles Coach Nate Weins.
Shoeman never thought of being a Big 12 Conference athlete. At Johnston (Iowa) High School she assisted her team in topping eight Iowa High School State 4A finishes.
The sophomore always had a natural talent for track. But, she saw it as more of a social activity. Shoeman never thought that running for a NCAA Division I school was in the cards. She said Weins saw potential in her that she didn't see in herself.
"I still don't believe I deserve to be where I am today, and I'm so incredibly blessed to be competing at this level," Shoeman said. "After being injured for most of her collegiate freshman track (2011) season with a stress fracture, I have had to build back confidence day by day through workouts, competitions, and doing the little things."
As a redshirt freshman at the 2012 Big 12 indoor meet, Shoeman ran on the sixth-place 4 x 400-meter relay team. She suffered a setback when a false start eliminated her from competing in the 600-yard run.
At the league outdoor meet, she missed the 400-meter hurdle final by one position with the ninth-fastest prelim clocking. Shoeman ran on the sixth-place Iowa State 4 x 400-meter relay team.
"She had an absolutely great season last year," Wiens said. "Every day she would make big strides forward. It was shocking. I think the biggest thing was she really believed that she could do it last year, and she accomplished a lot."
This season Shoeman aims to qualify for the 600-yard run at the Big 12 meet, which is Feb. 22-23 in Ames. She also hopes to qualify for the 400-meter hurdles and the 4x4 relay league finals outdoors. Weins explained that his athletes know how to train for consistency and with the right push he knows (Shoeman's) goals are especially within reach.
"I can't wait to show what I can do at the Big 12 meet this year," Shoeman said. "We already have an advantage being at home, and as long as I can wait for the gun, I know scoring for my team in the 600 is a tangible goal. My main personal goal is to place among the top eight in the 400-meter hurdles at outdoor conference meet."
In the first two meets of the 2013 indoor season Shoeman placed third in the 600-yard run. At the Holiday Preview, she ran a time of 1:24.24. At the ISU Open, she clocked in at 1:22.75.
"I think our team as a whole has a lot of potential this year," Shoeman said. "We have a contagious work ethic throughout the team, so we don't let each other slack off. Placing ninth last year and being just out of reach of scoring for my team has given me extra fire to come back this year and tear up the track."
The next Iowa State home meet is the Bill Bergan Invitational. This meet is a three-day competition beginning Thursday. Results will be posted on cyclones.com at the conclusion of the meet.