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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Young talent has Marietta poised for more success

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  • The Marietta girls cross country team won state this past weekend. It was a first in the young program's history, but likely not the last under the current talented crop of Indians. The Marietta roster has potential for more state success, with the top athletes just sophomores, and a middle school group that also won its version of the state championship. “We'll definitely have to work, a lot of things can happen in a year,” Marietta coach Matt Appleman said. “We return everyone, and we'll have some younger girls that can come in and help us. There are some girls already at the high school that I think will be out next year that will help us.” Marietta beat runner up Marlow by 12.50 seconds, and was the only team to have all seven runners finish in the top 50 on Saturday. On the middle school team, Marietta brought home the individual team title, with all of its runners finishing in the top 25. Marietta's boys are set up for similar success with its middle school team winning the All-star meet and putting five runners in the top 15 at the Woodson Park course in Oklahoma City. “We have some good eighth grade boys coming up,” Appleman said. “I think next year on the boys side our goal to be in the top five range. I think we've got that type of talent coming in. Our boys learned a lot this year and see what it takes for next year. I think we're really going to grow on that.”

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