Fort Bend Marshall Coaches Discuss Winning Girls 5A Title

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Success isn't new to the Fort Bend Marshall girls track and field program. The boy's team has been winning team championships asa of late, but it's been the girls who have also been sustaining championship level performances. However, this year, they won the girls program's first team title. That is in large part to the coaching staff that is made up of alumnae Shahira Ehiemua and Brandy Cross

That familiarity with the school, the program, and it's competition might have helped lead them to their first team title. "It means a lot, this is our first girl's track and field state championship, the girls have been working extremely hard and they wanted it so bad, Ehiemua said.

With big contributions from the 4x100 relay, Cesley Williams in the 400m, Tairah Johnson in the 100 hurdles and long jump to help bring in 10 or more points with their victories the Lady Buffs were able to keep pace with the powerhouse Lancaster program.

This could be a new beginning for the Marshall girl's program with the new staff - a staff that is counting and relying on their own experiences at Marshall as well as in college as they moved up through the higher levels. Ehiemua, who went on to run at Southern Methodist University (SMU) said, "A lot was poured into me being a part of Marshall track, so just being able to come back and pour into the girls what was poured into me it means a lot."

For Cross, it's the psychological aspect that she tries to make an impact with the athletes, "I feel like that's important, sometimes I fell short in this sport due to my mental capacity, so I try to make sure they're positive, mentally strong, and mentally tough on the track for the race. Ifeel athletics is the best teaching tool for life," she said.

Listen to the interview and see how the Marshall girls are still a program to watch out for.