MARIETTA — Athletic ability is something Marietta’s Zane Nutter has never been lacking.

MARIETTA — Athletic ability is something Marietta’s Zane Nutter has never been lacking.

The Indians standout is a member of the varsity basketball team, the Indians track team, as well as one of the leaders on the Indians cross country team.

“I always loved practicing with my granddad’s high school cross country team when I was little,” Nutter said. “It was always about being better and I just love competition in general.”

This season Nutter once again showcased his ability on the biggest stage, leading the Indians to another top-three finish at the state meet, while claiming a state runner-up finish in the individual standings.

Zane Nutter is the All-Ardmoreite Cross Country male runner of the year for his accomplishments this season.

“It’s pretty cool to be honest,” Nutter said about the award. “I feel like I worked very hard for this, and it’s awesome to add it to the trophy case.”

Known for his bright smile and outstanding athletic ability no matter the course, Nutter has blazed his way through the competition along with his teammates throughout the years.

“We practice so much through the summer and all through the school year,” Nutter said. “It looks natural because of all the work we put in during the year. There’s not many people who have gotten to be apart of the teams I’ve gotten to be apart of. This group is like a family to me.”

While he excels at cross country, Nutter admitted he does love competing in track just a little more.

“Track is very competitive and very fun for me,” he said. “I get butterflies before every race and every basketball game. When you know you are going against really good people it gets me pretty pumped up.”

Marietta coach Matt Appleman had nothing but praise for Nutter, adding his competitive nature is what sets him apart.

“Zane’s best trait by far is his competitiveness and will to win,” he said. “He’s an outstanding athlete, and an outstanding student as well. The success the boys and girls teams have had over the last few years have given Marietta High School and the city of Marietta something to be very proud of.”

While he has some time in-between basketball and track before beginning another season, it’s something he’s looking forward to in the spring of 2018.

“We gotta win a team championship out of something this season,” Nutter said. “Track is on its way so hopefully we’re able to do that this season and make it happen.”

Nutter has helped the Indians basketball team get off to a strong 4-1 start this season with the only loss coming in the Madill Winter Classic tournament against Sulphur earlier this month.