There have been many IHS student/athletes that achieved a great deal of success at the high school level. Many of these former Indians excelled individually as well as helping their respective teams to success at the conference and state levels. Sometimes these former high school standouts apply their physical talents and competitive nature to new challenges and excel at an elite level. Such is the case with 1988 Indianola graduate Shannon Hutchison-Krupat.
From 1984 – 1988, Shannon was a key performer for Coach Ron Werling’s conference champion cross country and track & field teams. She earned four varsity letters each in cross country, track and softball. Her major track & field accomplishments include: state indoor champion in the 4 x 400 relay and state runner-up finishes in both the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relays. In addition to her relay duties, Shannon also placed 6th in the 400 meter hurdles her senior year. At the conclusion of track each spring, Shannon immediately joined the softball team where she garnered 2nd team all conference honors. As is typical with many Indianola athletes, Shannon achieved academic all conference honors due to her commitment to excellence in the classroom.
However, it has been in a completely new arena of competition where Shannon’s light has shown the brightest, the sport of cycling. In 2000, Shannon competed in the Masters World competition in Manchester, England claiming a world title in the Olympic Sprint event and a second place in the Pursuit competition. In addition to her success at the world level, Shannon has won eight Masters National Track titles in cycling and has competed in the Olympic Trials twice. Her list of accomplishments in smaller national events is lengthy but clearly illustrates the elite level Shannon has achieved.
Shannon and husband Jeremy Hutchison-Krupat reside in Atlanta, Georgia. Shannon is the Orchestra Director at Campbell High School in the Cobb County School District. She also is the co-director/mentor of the Fulton Flyers Women’s U-23 Cycling Team. Shannon credits cycling coaches Chris Knetsche and David Weller as well as former high school coach Ron Werling as being influential figures in her success.