DUGOUT: Coombs continues to run ramped on the ODAC

Marissa Coombs is entering her junior year, and most people think that she would have settled down a bit from her impressive stats the past two years.  That just doesn’t seem like it is going to be the case for the long distance runner from New Jersey.  Coombs came in as a two sport athlete, playing soccer and cross country.  She made the decision to stick to just track, and it seems to have been the best move. She has set numerous records in here three years at schools as well as racking in many accolades.  

In fall season alone Coombs has already started the year like she was shot out of a cannon.  Coombs has been named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) runner of the week twice already, as well as placing in the top three in two events.  In the Don Cathcart Invitational at Salisbury University, Coombs placed first out of 260 runners at the event. Then without missing a beat, Coombs got right back into that spot in the Gettysburg Invitational. Coombs once again placed first for collegiate athletes. Coombs ran a career best 22:43.0 in the 6k run. She beat her previous career best, which was set at the National Collegiate Athletic Association regional last year, by 40 seconds.  

Coombs will be back in action again for the Marlins on Oct. 29 in Lexington, Virginia. This meet will be for the fall cross country ODAC tournament.

Corey King

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