I won't say who told me on record but Marianne came into the season out of shape because she did not all of the necessary work to be a great distance runner. It took all fall for her to be in the spotlight. She was a hotshot freshman coming off of a stellar track season, so maybe she thought things would be easy. It wasn't. However, Saturday's 2A state championship performance was a great one as I watched her get out too fast then fall back into the lead pack. But with her outstanding leg speed, I watched her recover and finish very strong to take 3rd. It was an improvement from the 18th place spot she garnered last year.