Jan. 27, 2009
BY MARCUS HENRY, newsday.com
Going from high school superstar to college superstar has never been easy.
In fact, most high school stars end up being role players with some having no impact at all in college. Not so for University of Tennessee sophomore distance runner Brittany Sheffey.
The former Bellport High School standout made a big impact during the last indoor track season when she ran the opening 1,200-meter leg on the Volunteers' 4,000 distance medley relay team that won the NCAA title in a school-record 11 minutes, 1.97 seconds.
Sheffey was named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Indoor All-American and she was picked for the All-SEC indoor first team last season.
The Hempstead native attributed her fast adjustment to college life to her surroundings. "My coaches and teammates have been great for me," she said. "The training staff and the facilities have also helped me keep focus."