Marshevet Hooker’s greatness not limited to the track
When Marshevet Hooker was a student at San Antonio’s Southwest High School, her track resume could fill a volume of books, listing five state 5A titles and All-American honors.
But the UT junior who has the distinction of being the fastest woman in college track today drew as much from two other distinctions she earned at Southwest -- membership in Who’s Who Among American High School Students and the “A” Honor Roll.
Is it any wonder Hooker is the Female Student-Athlete of the Month?
“I was excited to hear about this honor,” she said. “It means a lot to me because there are certain people who don’t think of an athlete as anything more than an athlete. There are people who kind of shake their heads about the reference to student-athlete.”
None who meets Hooker would.
“There are many things about Marshevet that I admire and that continue to amaze me,” Dr. Randa Ryan, senior associate athletics director for student services, began. “Her special quality of being able to approach every task and handle it the best of her ability shows maturity and dedication beyond her years.
“Simply put, no matter the task Marshevet never quits. If she doesn’t do well in an exam, she tries that much harder the next time. If she hits a roadblock in her training, she increases her focus. If she gets tired from working so hard, she finds a way to push through.
“Everything Marshevet does is a reflection of her incredible commitment and courage. The result: A National Champion who is a great student and an exceptional young person.”
Hooker is a two-time NCAA champion, six-time All-American, six-time Big 12 champion and the 2005 US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Female Athlete of the Year, as well as same in the Big 12.
Still, the conversation reverts back to work in the classroom for Hooker, who said she always has had this feeling about school.
“If I got a B in high school, it would just about kill me,” she said with a laugh. “Getting this opportunity at Texas wasn’t just about the athletics, but also the education Texas offered. You can’t be an athlete forever, so it is good to have the education.”
Hooker is the recipient of the Darrell K Royal Endowed Presidential Scholarship.