No, really, nothing is going to stand in her way.
It’s hard to pinpoint what’s most impressive about Chloe Shewell. Maybe it’s her 4.0 GPA or that she’s double-majoring in finance and chemistry. It could be that she walked on to the Utah track team as a sprinter after not getting a scholarship offer out of high school. Perhaps it’s that she’s a leader in her sorority which has a focus on philanthropy. Or maybe that she was just elected ASUU Student Body Vice President.
Quite the resume for a sophomore in college.
“Her drive and passion to succeed completely rubs off on everyone around her,” says sprint coach Rebecca Rhodes. “She holds herself to a very high standard and handles everything with such grace. She will be leading something great in the future.”
The Park City native was a notable soccer player in high school, but she was an elite runner for the Miners of Park City, leading her squad to first place finishes at the state championships in both the 4×400 and 4×800 relays. Like many others, her high school career was interrupted because of Covid, and she wasn’t able to flourish as a runner like she had hoped. She wasn’t offered an athletic scholarship to Utah, but she was determined to make it.
“She’s not someone I would’ve recruited out of high school,” says Rhodes. We can look at stats and times from high school, but it’s really our two-week tryout period for walk-ons that helps us see who you are. Can you keep up? Are you contributing to the culture of our team? That’s what I look for.”
Coach Rhodes wasn’t sure about Chloe at first, but it was Shewell’s determination that really helped get her the spot. She always wanted to run for Utah, and she wasn’t going to let the opportunity pass her by.
“She has a drive,” Rhodes says. “She would call me (several times) and let me know how much making the team would mean to her and, honestly, that’s something most people don’t have the courage to do. It was important to her, and I very much appreciated that.”
It’s 10:30am on Monday morning.
Chloe laughs when she talks about her outlook calendar and says it’s planned out “to the minute!” She’d be “lost” without it.
She’s in between classes (I did mention she’s a double-major, right?) and needs to work on her inauguration speech for next week. She’s busy but you wouldn’t know it. She sits and…
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