Senior Spotlight: Shinelle Proctor



May 20, 2014

Shinelle Proctor with Assistant Coach Carjay Lyles at the 2014 Senior Night

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior Shinelle Proctor arrived at Mizzou in 2012 already a successful high jumper, earning two bronze medals in the event while representing her home country of Anguilla at the 2008 and 2009 CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Games.

Proctor came to Columbia from the University of Illinois, where she represented the Fighting Illini at the 2010 Indoor and Outdoor Big Ten Championships and the 2011 Indoor Big Ten Championships.  She went on to don the black and gold at the 2014 Indoor and Outdoor Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships, scoring for the Tigers at the outdoor championships in the high jump.

Proctor graduated with a degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism, and plans to continue her studies at Florida State University, pursuing a Master's in Sport Management.  She will also continue to compete for Anguilla.


  On how she got started...
  I am from the Caribbean, but I started track when I was about seven years old.  I was born   in a U.S. territory Caribbean country, and lived all my life in Anguilla, a British                   territory!  Track and field is very dominant there.

  Why she chose the high jump...
  At a young age I started off doing sprints, but that was not going too well because I             actually hated running, so my mother, who was also my coach up until college, tried me out at high jump.  I did everything from the 100-meters to the 400-meters but that didn't go too well, so I jumped ship.  The high jump turned out to be the best for me.  

Her favorite memory before Mizzou...
My favorite moment competing before track at the collegiate level would probably be at the CARIFTA Games, which is a Caribbean track meet, and the Commonwealth Juniors in Pune, India.

On why she chose Missouri...
I came to Missouri as a transfer student.  Luckily I was offered a scholarship to finish out my last year as a high jumper.  I was also very acquainted with the coach who recruited me, he was sort of a family friend.

A key moment in her career when things began "clicking"...
Things clicked because I thought that Mizzou was the right environment for me.  The first time meeting my event coaches, I knew that I would have a successful last two years, and the evironment was just perfect for me.  I also have incredible training partners that are very supportive.

Her favorite Mizzou memory...
My favorite Mizzou track and field moment would be when I received a season's best at the home meet.  It has been a rough collegiate journey, and although I've jumped that height before, it was a breakthrough for me.

Her favorite Mizzou memory outside of track...
To be honest, I don't really know much of Mizzou outside of athletics.  I am always around an athlete or at home studying.

On the team...
Personally, track is an individual sport, especially in my event.  But sprints and jumps groups are very supportive of each other.  They mean a lot to me.

Future plans...
I plan on hopefully going to grad school in the fall at Florida State University to pursue a Master's in Sports Management.  I will still be competing in track for my homeland of Anguilla.

Q & A by Josh McSwain, Student Writer



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