Aside from her affiliation with NOP, why is it that Shannon generally has a reputation for being a bitch? ....she kind of exudes an aura of unpleasantness,
Really? I'm not sure I've heard Rowbury described as a bitch.
I do think Rowbury is not as interested in, or good at, self-promotion as other runners, such as Centrowitz or Simpson. Take this example, which was discussed in the LRC write up of this year's Pre;
"After the race, Simpson said the following when interviewed by NBC, “When I was warming up, I overheard the announcers asking an athlete, ‘What does it means to win at Pre? What’s one word?’ And for me this is where legends win and where they’re born, and so for me I have a lot of history here and a lot of wins here so I am trying to write my name in the history books.”
"We looked back at the stats and Simpson actually hasn’t won at Hayward Field since 2009 when she won the steeplechase at USAs and she’s never won at the Pre Classic until now (she has two runner-up finishes) so this was a significant win for Simpson."
PS From looking at her stats, the 2009 USAs were probably the first time she ran at Hayward Field. None of the NCAA or USA championships she ran in before 2009 were at held there. It is possible she ran a collegiate meet there, but that seems unlikely.http://www.letsrun.com/news/2015/05/1500mile-a-massive-day-for-americans-jenny-simpson-wins-centro-is-2nd-and-high-schooler-alexa-efraimson-runs-403-39/