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Behind The Green & Gold: Shelton Means More To Team Than Speed


(May 26, 2013) -- It's been a career built on speed and theft to become Baylor's single-season and career stolen base leader. A feat Kathy Shelton gives the people around her the credit for.

"I don't think you really understand you're full potential and luckily you have the coaches here that believe in you and push you to be your best," said Shelton. "So then when you get to reach those honors it really is such a great feeling."

Known for her speed by most, it's not the first thing that comes to mind to the team.

"Going forward, I'd be hard-pressed to find a better leader than we've had in Kathy Shelton," said head coach Glenn Moore. "One that's not only been able to do it with her numbers but off the field and with her teammates."

"She leads the team vocally, by example when she's up there hitting. In centerfield she just makes amazing plays, said pitcher Whitney Canion. "But really just her vocal leadership is what this team is going to miss the most."

"A lot of people come through a program so if you can just leave something behind to make it better than that's all you can do. So, I'm glad that, that's how they think of me, that's how they see me and hopefully they'll talk about it for awhile," said Shelton.

A standout player from McKinney North High School, they approached her about running track.

"I was not interested. I do not like to run just to run, honestly. If it's in your sport that's fine. So, they wanted me to but I was just never in to it," said Shelton. "I was just blessed with speed, genetically, so, and we found a way to use it."

They used it 117 times so far in her Baylor career.


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