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Marion speedsters eye big season
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 16th, 2017

After placing eighth in Class 3A at the 2016 Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet, the Marion Indians boys' squad is hungry to make some noise among the top talent in the state of Iowa in 2017. Led by a terrific trio of juniors, Myles Bach, Jeremy Fopma and Blair Brooks, the Indians are poised to be contenders in not only the WaMaC Conference but also in Class 3A.

Bach enters 2017 as the reigning Class 3A champion in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, in addition to being the runner-up at the Class 3A State Cross Country Meet. Fopma, a qualifier in 1600 and 3200 meter runs last year, is looking to ride a wave of confidence into this year's track season after beating Bach at the State Cross Country Meet. The two will look to double up on points in the individual events everywhere they go as they will be vital to the Indians' success this season.

Brooks, a versatile athlete, will look to take the next step in the high jump as well as the 110 meter high hurdles. Brooks tied for fifth place in the high jump last year at the State Meet and just missed out on reaching the finals for the high hurdles. The talented junior has been training for the high jump in Iowa City as well as hitting the weight room hard with the rest of the team as they look to improve their strength and skill-sets.

These three headline a team that is filled with athletes looking to step up and make a name for themselves in 2017. Brooks noted that their expectations are high for everybody and there are a plethora of guys that are competing and battling for spots in relays as well as individual spots.

Marion will be in action this Saturday, March 18, at Cornell College in Mount Vernon for the annual WaMaC Conference Indoor Meet.
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