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MARY ELLEN HILL SCHUPBACH
CROSS COUNTRY
INDUCTED IN 2013
Hill Schupbach starred in the area as both a prep and collegian, first
at Princeville High School then at Bradley University, as one of the
area’s top female distance runners. While at Princeville Mary Ellen
was a two time state medalist in cross country, won four conference
championships in the 1600 meters and 3200 meters, and finished
in the top three in the state in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs a total
seven times. Her career kicked into another gear at Bradley, even
at a time when the women’s running programs were at a low point.
Mary Ellen claimed 10 Missouri Valley Conference cross country
and track championships while at Bradley from 1996-2000, while
also twice earning NCAA Division 1 All-American honors in the 5,000
meters. In addition she earned individual titles in 1998 and 1999 at
the Missouri Valley Cross Country Championship. Perhaps however,
her biggest accomplishment was to aid the progress of Bradley
women’s cross country program. She led the Braves to their firstever
conference crown in any women’s sport in the school’s history
as co-champions with Drake in 1998. A seven-time Academic
All-American, Hill Schupbach received a prestigious NCAA Post-
Graduate Scholarship and was the recipient of the inaugural
Dr. Charlotte West Award as the year’s top all-around, graduating
student-athlete in the Missouri Valley Conference. She also was
selected the Illinois NCAA Women of the Year 2000. Mary Ellen Hill
Schupbach is considered the most accomplished female athlete in
Bradley history.