• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Shelby Mendoza

Sophomore, track

(What you won't find on Facebook...even if you are approved as a friend)

Hometown: Norwalk, Iowa

High School: Norwalk

Why Central?
I love the community feel to it. There are so many opportunities to get involved, volunteer, and help others. You also get a face-to-face connection and relationship with everyone you work with. That is exactly what I want to do with my life on a broader spectrum outside of Pella.

Best class you’ve taken and why
Global Sustainability; I learned how we can all do little things to get personally involved in creating big changes to become more sustainable. I also discovered that I am also talented at gardening; another thing to add to the list with all my other many talents. :)

Favorite Central memory
Every mile’s a memory (-Dierks Bentley) and I’ve enjoyed every one of them here...which is roughly over 70 per week :)

You’re majoring in political science and philosophy because
I want to learn how to be a better person and to create a better world for everyone.

Thing you like best about your team
I’m on it.

Why you love long distance running
I have mental problems.

Your favorite TV show
The Sopranos; their family reminds me so much of my own.

Dream job             
President of the United World. 

What you like best about the track and field coaches
They put up with my “attitude” :)

Artist past or present you’d pick to see in concert
Jon Mendoza, because I enjoy a good laugh/ mad mobs throwing vegetables. But if I wanted to see REAL talent that’s actually GOOD, I’d pick Jack Johnson. :)

Who is tougher – you or your brother Jon, a former member of the Central wrestling team?
That’s like asking who is better looking, more intelligent, most loved, and overall the most amazing person in the world; the answer is obviously me.

The thing that makes the 1,500 such a difficult event
Nothing, everything comes easily to me. I’m a natural born winner.

Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
Napoleon Bonaparte; I’d finally have someone else with a developed brain to join me at the kiddy sized table.

Best treat at Wendy’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Norwalk
I’d eat anything in sight, but I’d definitely go after the mint chocolate malts first! 

Can’t live without…
Me, my family, and chunky peanut butter with honey.

Ritual or habit before a race
1. Eat Chocolate
2. Dance
3. Tell the other runners at the starting line that this race is going to be the quickest 3 minutes of my life

Your funniest teammate and why
They’re all funny… looking :)

Bucket list
Swim in a pool full of untamed sharks
Own a farm full of Pugs and chickens with Emma Jo Nelson, who just so happens to be one of the other few coolest people in the world besides myself
Be Emma Jo Nelson’s lawyer when she is arrested for running an inhumane puppy and chicken mill
Make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for building the largest fort
Complete various Man vs. Food challenges (preferably with Barbeque)
Complete the gallon challenge!
Defeat my brothers at COD
Have cake with fondant on it
Write a book
Create cure for breast cancer
Pick a dozen more tulips
Run hundreds of miles across the Sahara Desert
Become famous (oh wait, I already am…)
Eat sushi and not gag
Eat carrots and not gag
Drive outside of town
Never have children      
Have a Koi fish pond
Own a Shelby Cobra
Continue to be the best at everything

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