(Parts of story from udallasnews.com)
IRVING, Texas – Shelby Waldron, a dual sport athlete for the University of Dallas women’s basketball team and women’s track & field team, competed in and won the Miss Texas beauty pageant in early August. A few weeks ago, Waldron was able to be in the parade at the State Fair of Texas with two other winners.
Waldron has competed in beauty pageants most of her life, and twice won the title of Miss Beaumont in Beaumont, California. Last spring, she won the Miss Waco pageant in order to qualify for the Miss Texas pageant. That competition was the same weekend as the track and field team’s meet at the Hardin-Simmons Invitational in Abilene, Texas. She performed and then drove down after to go capture the Miss Waco Crown.
Waldron is a senior at Dallas and has competed in three seasons with the basketball team and two with the track and field team. Waldron lettered for basketball in 2015-16 and last season in track and field. For the track and field program, Waldron competes in the long jump and triple jump.
“I know on my bio I say that I’m an athlete, so the judges often ask about being an athlete,” Waldron said. “I think it definitely helps in both, because you get the sense of teamwork but also doing your own thing, so that correlates with both. And competition — you have, you know, competitive fire, the drive to work hard, to practice, to make it happen.”
Prior to coming to UD, Waldron maintained a busy commitment to both athletics and Miss Beaumont in High School. She logged several volunteer hours and appeared at local events around town with her fellow pageant queens.
Waldron earned nine varsity letters at Beaumont High School, which included basketball (3), golf (4), and track and field (2).
Waldron has her eye on future pageants, with the next possibly being the national pageant next summer.
“I have the national pageant for the national elite organization next summer, so that’s my next goal,” she said. “Other than that, everything’s kind of up in the air. I’m not sure if I want to try, like, a Miss USA organization pageant. Probably not, because those are bigger and harder, but, I mean, it’s in the back of my mind always.”
Waldron will be playing her final year, as the basketball opener is less than one month away. First-year head coach Lacey Burn’s team takes the floor on November 15th at the Maher Center versus Dallas Christian College.