Frederick High School senior Kris Marshall has announced his commitment to continue his academic and track & field career next year at Alderson Broaddus University. Marshall who is in his first year at FHS won the Frederick County Indoor High Jump title this past January.
The senior who also competed for the Cadets football team this fall says he choose Alderson Broaddus after he spoke to several friends who current attend the university which is located in Philippi, West Virginia. “I knew people there and they all told me how good of a school it is” adding “Attending AB will also give me an opportunity to get out of Maryland and start something new.”
Marshall who was also being recruited by Frostburg, Penn State Harrisburg, Mount Saint Mary’s and Stevenson, attributes the Covid-19 pandemic with making his recruitment different then he had originally envisioned. “I couldn’t actually visit the school, so I had to rely on only speaking with the coaches. Their seriousness about the program and the educational system and I like that the best and is what sold me.”
Although Marshall only spent a year at FHS says he has great appreciation for the coaches and staff at Frederick.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Frederick High for supporting me, especially the coaching staffs. Track & Field Coaches, Rob Dixon and Kevin Meredith, as well as Head Football Coach Kevin Pirri. I appreciate them giving me the opportunity and time of day to show them the talent I have and for helping me use that talent to achieve great things.” Marshall also pointed out teachers and other staff members who made an impact on his this past school year. “I’ll miss Culinary Arts teacher, Mrs. Jocelyn Baier, Mrs. Keanika Lewis and Head Certified Athletic Trainer Theo Tsakalakis the most. They are three of the most kind and loving people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at Frederick High.”
Alderson Broaddus was founded in 1932 and currently has more than 2,300 undergraduate students. Head Coach Kaylyn Christopher is currently in her first year at the helm of the university’s track and field program. Known as the “Battlers” a named which harkening back to the 1861 Battle of Philippi. AB which offers 22 varsity sports is a NCAA Division II institution and is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).