Illinois track now just a memory for 'Shoes' - KMOV.com

Illinois track now just a memory for 'Shoes'

Gakologelwang Masheto is a long name. 'Shoes' is much shorter, and is the nickname that Masheto went by during his three years on the Illinois men's track and field team. Contrary to popular belief, it is a nickname with no track and field affiliations.

Masheto was first called 'Shoes' while he attended grade school in his home country of Botswana, when the only sport he played was soccer. "There was this great player from South Africa (nicknamed Shoes). My coach just believed we had something in common. Since then the name has stuck with me," Masheto said.

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