This is a new name in our sport. This young lady took over the national lead in the girls' 800 meters at the Arcadia Invitational and then followed that performance with a quick 1,500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Event(s) / PRs: Event, mark, year:
Height: 5 foot 5 inches
Born: September 19, 1984
Where were you born? San Francisco, CA
Current Residence: San Francisco, CA
High School: Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep
Coach: Andy Chan
Track Club: Reebok Aggies (I do not train with this club - run road races, etc. during off season)
Career Highlights: Place in major competitions
2001: 10th - Nike Indoor Classic - 800 meters - junior
2000: 1st place - CCS championships - 800 meters / 3rd place - CCS championships
- 3200 meters - sophomore
1999: 1st place - CCS championships - 800 meters - freshman
1998: 5th place - CCS championships - cross country - division 4 - freshman
"Shannon is quite an accomplished dancer," said Paula Rowbury,
Shannon's mother. "She has placed 2nd in the Western US championships
and 7th in the National Championships (Irish Step Dancing). She has travelled
to Ireland twice to compete at the World Championships as well."
CONNING: Why do you participate in track?
CONNING: What is your favorite training location?
CONNING: What is your favorite track to compete at and why?
CONNING: What kind of workouts do you do?
CONNING: How many workouts do you do per day?
CONNING: When you compete, do you have a plan or strategy?
CONNING: Where were your parents born?
CONNING: What high schools and colleges did your parents attend?
CONNING: What are your parents' occupations?
CONNING: Where are your ancestors from?
CONNING: What is your GPA?
CONNING: What community activities are you involved in?
CONNING: What clubs do you belong to in school?
CONNING: What college do you want to attend?
CONNING: What do you want to study in college?
CONNING: What would you like to do for a career?
CONNING: Do you plan to continue with track and field after high school?
What are your goals?
NICKNAME: I don't really have a nickname but my mom calls me "Shanny".
FAVORITE FOOD: I really like all kinds of food but there is a delicious fruit tart that I ate from a bakery in Half Moon Bay. I would drive 2 hours out of my way to be able to eat one of those tarts.
FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST (S): I like all kinds of music, but if I had to choose one style I guess it would be R&B.
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: I don't really have time to watch sports on television or in person, so I don't really have a favorite sports team.
FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT: Downtown San Francisco with my friends.
BEST BOOK YOU HAVE READ: The Awakening.
FAVORITE CLASS: History is my favorite subject.
FAVORITE T.V. SHOW: Friends - the actors are really goofy and they make me laugh.
FAVORITE ATHLETE: Regina Jacobs.
FAVORITE NON-TRACK ACTIVITY: Relaxing
ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOU: I guess you could say that I am really focused.
IF YOU WERE GOING ON A ROAD TRIP AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE CD, WHICH ONE WOULD OU TAKE: Now 5.
BEST VACATION OR TRIP YOU HAVE EVER TAKEN: Maui, Hawaii in December 2000. I went with my family and two of my best friends. We really had a great time!!
OPPONENT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO BEAT: I don't aspire to beat anyone. My goals are to give my best effort during a race. If I achieve that goal, I am happy whether I win or lose.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE BEFORE A MEET? I try to get a good night sleep, eat 3 - 4 hours before my event, drink a lot of water, warm-up and stretch well before my race.
BEST PART ABOUT YOUR GAME: I guess my finishing kick at the end of a long race.
WHAT IS THE BEST SPORTING EVENT YOU HAVE EVER ATTENDED AS A SPECTATOR? Arcadia was really exciting last year. I competed in that event, but I also got to watch most of the races as a spectator too.
SOMEWHERE YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN THAT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT: Paris, France.
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH A FAMOUS PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE: Paul Walker.
WHAT DO YOU SEE DOING IN 10 YEARS? I hope to have a family of my own in ten years.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR ATHLETIC CAREER TO THIS POINT: Making friends with all of my teammates.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME? Relax and hang out with my friends.
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE: My parents have always been involved in my life. They attend all of my dancing competitions and cross-country and track meets. They are very supportive of me, they trust me and they respect my choices in life.
WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW: I broke my leg when I was five years old. After my leg healed, my Nonie (grandmother) decided that she was going to take me to dance class to strengthen my legs so I would never break my leg again. My coach believes that my Irish Step Dancing training helped develop my "fast twitch" muscles at a young age, and that is one of the reasons that I have developed so much speed as a runner.
FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL: I don't eat cereal. I usually eat yogurt for breakfast.
NOBODY KNOWS HOW MUCH I LIKE: Ice cream!!!
EARLIEST TRACK MEMORY: Our coach took us on a team camping trip during the summer. We had a lot of fun and did a lot of team bonding activities during that trip.
FAVORITE PRE-MEET MEAL: Omelette.