MARLOW, Okla (KSWO) - Ten members of the Marlow boys track team qualified for the 2016 Class 3A State meet this weekend. The Outlaws are looking to take home a third straight State Championship. Many of the Marlow seniors and coaching staff are thrilled for a chance to bring home another title, but they feel it means more to the school and community of Marlow.
"For us to bring home a State Championship would be a really, really nice thing for this community,” said coach Bobby Wortham. “It's an example of where we live and how our kids work and nothing but sacrifice and dedication."
"Not every team gets to participate in any State Championship and since we're participating in our third one, it's just a great honor just to be able to be a part of it and see the team compete and watch all of our hard work get put in to play," added senior thrower Riley Julian.
Marlow has done most of its damage in the field events in recent years. That’s the case again in 2016. The Outlaws are expecting to score big in the pole vault, an event in which they possess three of the state's top vaulters, including number one ranked and two-time state champion, Dean Howard.
“I'm going for the third one my senior year and I think it's going to be pretty fun. I'm going to go for the State Meet record at 16'1. So there's something new this year that I can beat," Howard said.
The secret to Howard's success along with the rest of the Outlaws, is an experienced coaching staff which has been able to mold the program in to a perennial power.
"You know we've got a really good coaching staff here at Marlow High School. I would say it's probably one of the best track coaching staffs in the state,” Wortham said. “The kids work really hard and the coaches really care and it's a team effort."
"These coaches have helped me out a lot. Without them, I don't think I would be able to compete in the next level of college pole vault,” said Howard.