3/25/2016 Athlete of the Week: Marquise Jones

By: Jason Rathjen

Marquise Jones: Men’s Track

Senior shot put thrower Marquise Jones has already made improvements upon last season’s numbers. Jones tossed a 52 footer at a meet in Cedar Falls that has him sitting in the 10th ranked position in the state. Jones has big expectations for his senior year and doesn’t plan on stopping here.

What are your expectations for this season?

My first goal for this season is to qualify for the Drake Relays. That has been something I’ve wanted to do since sophomore year, and I also want to score some points for us at State this year. We have a very talented team, and I want to help us get a state title.

How did it feel to break the 50 foot mark?

It was very relieving to finally break 50 feet. It’s was a goal that eluded me all last season. To finally get it was nice, but I have bigger goals in mind.

What role are you playing on the team as a senior?

Being a senior on the team, a lot of the leadership responsibilities fall on me. We have to keep everyone on task and working hard. We won’t reach our goals if that doesn’t happen.

What are your plans for after high school?

After high school I will be playing D2 football at Wayne State College in Nebraska. I am also trying to earn a spot on the throwing squad at Wayne State.

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