Multiple Teams · Athlete Spotlight: Elijah von Werder

Athlete Spotlight

Name:  Elijah von Werder


Parents: Steven and Shoko von Werder

Older Sisters: Lisa and Emma von Werder

Older Brother: Josh von Werder 

Younger Sister: Lila von Werder  

Elijah participates in Cross Country, Swimming, and Track and Field at Shelbyville High School.  His favorite movie is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.  He’s not a big fan of candy but does enjoy a Snickers once in a while.  Elijah’s favorite holiday is New Year’s Day, so he can look back and see what went wrong or right in the past year.  Elijah loves to workout in his spare time, even if it’s just a short workout.  One of Elijah’s most memorable moments is the Boys Cross Country Team qualifying for Regionals last year.  

Coach Campbell’s Commits 

Elijah has gone from being our 6th-7th man on the team last year to being 1st-2nd man on the team this year. He worked incredibly hard over quarantine, continuing to follow track training plans each week through early June and improving in time trials (by himself) along the way. This summer, he continued to work hard and has become a tremendous leader for our team, leading by example and supporting his teammates as much as possible. Already this season, he has dropped a huge chunk of time off his 5k PR from last year, lowering it by well over a minute in just the 2nd 5k race of the season. His hard work ethic and attention to detail have made him a tremendously valuable runner and leader for our team!