Sheila Larkin   Cross Country Class of 1991

Sweet, kind, unassuming, diligent student – that is how most people saw Sheila Larkin in high school, but what they did not know was how tenacious she was as a runner. As a Cross Country and Track distance runner (mile and two mile), Sheila just seemed to be stronger and more determined than her competition in the middle and later stages of a race. No time was this more evident than during the State Cross Country Championships in 1994, when fans held back by a fence saw a surging Shelia Larkin far off in the distance pass several runners and nail down a fourth place finish against a who’s who list of competitors. Her time of 18:17 for 3 miles was a HHS record at that time. However, one must also note that Sheila was not a “wonder kid” from the beginning. She worked hard and steadily improved – over two and half minutes from her season’s best as a freshman until her State race as a senior. Quietly, steadily, and most impressively, she set the standard and example for future Falcon runners. During her career she qualified for State all four years in Cross Country and for three years in Track. Upon graduation, she went on to star for Seattle Pacific University (SPU), helping lead the Cross Country team to the National Cross Country Meet during her four years at SPU and the team placed seventh in 1998. From 1996 through 1998, Sheila also received all-conference honors at SPU.