Airman 1st Class Emily Shertzer (Click for Downloadable High Resolution Photo) (Courtesy Photo/Released)
Harrisburg – Airman 1st Class Emily Shertzer of Jonestown has been chosen by the Air Force to be named the Athlete of the Year for her sustained success in military athletic competitions.
Of Shertzer’s many athletic accomplishments in 2011, she had the fastest female time in the history of the All-Guard Marathon Team with a time of 2 hours, 54 minutes at the National Guard Marathon in Lincoln, Neb. She won the top spot for National Guard females and second place among all female runners. It was her first marathon.
In November, Shertzer led the Air Force at the 2011 Armed Forces Marathon Championship and Marine Corps Marathon when she finished with a U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time of 2:45, coming in second place for women and less than 30 seconds behind first place. In January, she ran the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials with a time of 2:49.
Shertzer is a full-time environmental planner at Fort Indiantown Gap and a member of the Air Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic. She performs with the Lebanon Community Concert Band and has played with the Central Penn Symphony Orchestra.
Shertzer graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, where she received a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in music. She also holds a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Texas.
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