That Didn't Take Long - An Interview With Marlon Wiley


Personal Bests:

100 Meter Dash:  10.75

200 Meter Dash:  21.86

Long Jump:  20'7 ½"

 

MSHSL State Meets:

2017 Class A 100 Meter Dash State Champion

2017 Class A 200 Meter Dash 3rd Place


Tell me a little bit about your background. What sports did you do growing up?

I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and I tried most sports growing up.  My first sport was wrestling which I started in second grade.  I was good at it but did not continue beyond that first year.  I am not sure why it worked out that way.  My baseball career started in third grade and I played that sport until the end of my freshman year. I also have three or four letters in weight lifting which we call MAX in Jordan.

My football career is interesting because I started out as a quarterback and played that position in grades fourth, fifth, and sixth grade.  In middle school they saw I was fast so I wound up playing running back. Then when I entered ninth grade I switched to wide receiver and defensive back.  I have two letters in football.  Last year was my first season in track & field!  My last name (Wiley) is pronounced like the coyote with a long i.

 

What adversities have you faced?

This fall I got hurt towards the end of the football season.  During an onside kick during a practice I severely strained one of my calve muscles.  Although I did try sitting out some games I was never as effective as I had been earlier.  It hurt the team because we lost in the state semifinals to Marshall, MN.  The doctor told me I had to take four weeks off after the football season before I could do any physical activities. I mostly did calf strengthening exercises to get back to speed when I did get healthy again.

 

Who are your common opponents and what were your relationships like with them?

Marcus Walsh of Belle Plaine, who is a senior this year, and Rhett Streeter of Le Sueur who has graduated were common opponents for me last year.  Streeter not only pushed me in every race we had, he also gave me many pointers on all aspects of sprinting.  Unfortunately Rhett got hurt at his section meet and did not make it to State.  He is running for one of the Montana colleges this year. Marcus is sure to be tough again this year.

 

What teammates encourage and inspire you?

Our relay team of sophomore Bryce Sievers, and juniors Ako Butler, Julian Morales, and I ran a 44.66 in the 4x100 relay last year which was only .01 off our school record.

Ako and Julian recruited me hard for track & field last year. Then when I was on the team they made sure to help me in every way they could and answered any questions I had.  Brice helped me with the timing of our handoffs.  We look forward to a couple more seasons together.