Marshall: Whittell sophomore qualified for Junior Olympics
Whittell High sophomore-to-be Shannon Marshall was selected to participate in the U.S. Junior Olympic track meet in late July. Shannon will compete in the high jump against with many of the best high school athletes in the country.
“I found out at the regional qualifier a few weeks ago in Fresno,” Marshall said. “I was really excited that I was picked. I didn’t jump as well as I hoped, so I barely qualified.”
As a freshman with the Warriors, Marshall set the Nevada 2A high jump record with a jump of 5 feet, 1/2 inch in the state meet last spring. She also holds the school record in the 300-meter hurdles.
“She will be the next big thing in track,” said WHS track coach Bill Harvey. “It’s incredible for a freshman to have done so well. She was third overall in points to Jessica (Woods) in the state meet, and would have been second if the team wasn’t disqualified in the 4X100 relay.”
The Junior Olympic meet will be held on July 29 at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, Calif. The best high jumpers in the country, representing 15 regions, will participate, with three qualifying from each region.
“This will be great opportunity for Shannon to gain national and regional experience,” Harvey said.
The meet is open to the best athletes born in 1991 or 1992. Being in the younger of these categories, Shannon will have a chance to qualify for the same meet next year.
Marshall, who will run cross country for the Warriors in the fall, isn’t complacent about her accomplishments at such a young age.
“She works out rigorously,” Harvey said. “She is always trying to get better.”
With all of her success, Marshall hasn’t let it go to her head. She isn’t comfortable talking about herself and gives the impression that her records are not that big of a deal to her.