Following a superb high school career during her days with the St. Charles High School indoor and outdoor track and field teams, recent Spartans graduate Christina Marion signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her education and track and field days at Towson University.
Marion had trimmed her college choices down to three schools but eventually opted for Towson because it was the closest and the most affordable. She has already set her goals for the 2019-2020 indoor and outdoor seasons with the Tigers and plans to major in sports marketing.
"I really liked the coach there," Marion recalled. "Their program seemed like the one that could really challenge me the most. I know the workout program this summer is going to be a lot tougher than anything that I've ever had. But I'm always looking to challenge myself to get better."
Marion enjoyed a solid senior season for St. Charles during the outdoor season.
In the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Championships that her school hosted on May 7 and 9 Marion was second in the long jump at 17 feet 3 inches, took third in the 300 hurdles (47.14 seconds), fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.97) and fourth in the triple jump (35-7).
Then at the Class 3A South Region championships that her school also hosted the following week, Marion was second in the long jump (17-1), third in the 100 hurdles (15.64), third in the triple jump (35-2 3/5) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (48.40). T
Marion completed her high school career at the 3A state championships at Morgan State University in Baltimore over Memorial Day. She placed fourth in the triple jump (36-4 3/4), fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.51) and sixth in the long jump (17-2 1/2).
"This summer and next spring my main focus is going to be on the long jump and the triple jump," Marion said. "I want to break 19 feet in the long jump and 38 feet in the triple jump, but those are only my goals for my freshman season. I want to get better in both of those events and eventually compete for an NCAA championship in both of them."
After watching Marion progress from her freshman indoor season through her senior season of outdoor competition, St. Charles head track and field coach Katie Schubbe commended Marion for her work ethic and dedication and expects the rising Towson University freshman to excel at the Division I level over the next four years on the track and in the class room.
"Right from the start, Christina always had a great work ethic," Schubbe said. "She was always looking for ways to get better and improve her technique and she was a quick learner. She understands everything you tell her about what she needs to correct and she does it. I think she's going to do very well at Towson not just athletically but academically as well."