Marques four-time state champ

shaniamarques-1To think Shania Marques almost gave up on the high jump after trying it for the first time in seventh grade.

“I was lazy that year and didn’t really want to do it,” Marques said.

Her middle school track coach Leif Tokerud suggested to Marques that she might be good at the event if she stuck with it.

Turns out he was right.

The following year, Marques broke the White Pine Middle School high jump record with a leap of four feet eight inches, and though a few have tied it, no one has broken it.

And she was only getting started.

Marques was the sole individual for White Pine High School to place first in an event at the state championship track meet over the weekend, marking her fourth consecutive year walking away the champion of the high jump. According to her head coach Justin Locke, it’s unprecedented for school’s program.

“The people I’ve talked to, I don’t think a four-peat has ever been done here,” Locke said. “It was really cool to see.”

With a jump of five feet two inches, one inch shy of breaking the state record, Marques secured her dynasty in the event and helped her team overall place first in the meet. What does the humble athlete think about all of her success?

“It’s pretty cool,” Marques said.

While most high school athletes might have let such continued success get to their head, Marques suggests she’s the exact opposite.

“I have always believed that cocky people lose so I always tell myself not to get cocky,” she added. “I didn’t even think I was going to win this year. When I made the jump and realized I had won, it was an exciting thing.”

With graduation right around the corner now, Marques said she is going to be sad to leave her teammates, who she said were one of her first close groups of friends in school, but she isn’t done with her education. Marques currently plans to attend the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall.

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