Erin Ebner Shawk (2016)

About Erin Ebner Shawk

The dictionary characterizes an “eagle” by its strength, its speed, and its tenacious spirit all of which make it the “apex predator” of the avian world. What an appropriate mascot for Erin Ebner from Colonel Crawford High School. Her prey was the entire State of Ohio; she demonstrated great strength her senior year winning the 100M HH, then walking back down to the starting line and winning the 100M; and man, could she fly! One of the most celebrated sprint / hurdlers in Ohio track and field history, Erin helped Colo-nel Crawford win three consecutive State Championship team titles from 1990-1992 by reaching the podium for All-Ohio honors twelve times during her four years of state level competition. As the anchor of the 6th place 4 x 100M relay her freshman year, Erin got her first taste of glory in a State Championship. Her sophomore year, she won her first of three Runner-up titles in the 100HH before reaching the Championship spot on the podium in both the 4 x 100M and the 4 x 200M relays. Her junior year was her first four event State Championship where she placed 2nd and 6th respectively in the 100HH and 300IH, and then helped defend Colonel Crawford’s relay titles once again winning the 4 x 100M and 4 x 200M relays. Her senior year was her signature year: 1st place and a State Record in the 100HH; then jog back to the starting line in order to take 1st in the 100M; then another 1st in the 4 x 100M relay and a 2nd in the 300IH. A good day! Final count: seven State Championship titles and three State Runner-up titles. Erin also qualified to the TAC/USATF Junior National Championships as a 100HH athlete and in 1992 earned All-American honors with her 3rd place finish. She ran one year for Miami University and is still listed in their media guide as one of the top 10 all time 100M racers in their team history. Erin lives in Galion, Ohio and continues to help with track meets while cheering on her own children.

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