Photo courtesy of Stewart Photography
Marietta High senior Quinton Coffield is off to fast start in track and field this spring, setting personal records in the 100, 200, and long jump. He is also a leg on the 4x1, 4x2, and medley relay teams, and competes in the 400.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta High senior Quinton Coffield competes in a relay at the Marietta Night Relays at Don Drumm Stadium Tuesday.
Sports: track&field, football
Football position: slot receiver
Track&field events: 100, 200, 400, long jump, 4x1, 4x2, sprint medley
Colleges being considered: Marietta, Wheeling Jesuit, West Liberty
College major being considered: dietician/nutritionist, IT specialist
Family: Gerald and Angela (father and mother); Ethan (13-year-old brother)
Question: What's your favorite sport?
Answer: It's equal. Right now, it's track. But in the fall, it's football.
Q: Would you like to compete in college?
A: Yes, I'd like to play both football and run track.
Q: What are your goals going into your senior track season?
A: I have a lot of goals. I'd like to compete at the state meet in Columbus. I'd like to help break the school record in the 4x1 relay with Aaron Elliott, Austin Jones, and Bernard Johnson. And, I'd also like to help break the school in the sprint medley and long jump relays.
Q: You've gotten off to great start in track and field this season. What do attribute that, too?
A: I've spent a lot of time in the weight room and done a lot of extra work. Nutrition and eating the right food has been a big part of it, too.
Q: During your athletic career at MHS, you've been a very durable performer....
A: I'm 5-foot-6, 145 pounds, and I was injured only one time in my junior season when I twisted my ankle in a football game. Even then, I was able to come back that Friday night. I've never missed a game.
Q: What are some of your career highlights?
A: In my senior season, I was first-team All-ECOL (East Central Ohio League) football, Player of the Game six times, and special mention all-district.
In our first home track meet this season, I PR'd in three open events (100, 200, and long jump) and was a leg on the winning 4x2 relay team.
Later that week, I broke two Parkersburg South Invitational meet records (200, long jump).
Q: Who, or what has helped influence your sports career?
A: My family, of course, and Coach (B.J.) Mayer is always telling me I can excel more on the track. He's a great coach.
People tell me I'm too small to play football, and that helps motivate me to do better. I try to use my speed and quickness as an advantage.
Q: What do you do off the athletic fields?
A: I like running and hanging out with my friends. I also enyoy working on cars...body work and that kind of stuff. Oh, yeah, I also play video games at home.
Ron Johnston, email@example.com