Of all the sports Senior Ben Marus has played in his high school career, Indoor track is a first for him.
Not only is it a first for Marus, but this is the first year of indoor track in school history. “This is a great new sport for Jonathan Law,” Marus said.
Even though this is Marus’ first time running track, he has quickly won the respect of his teammates and been named captain. “Ben is one of the hardest working kids I know,” head coach Mr. Beler said. “Making captain in his first year of a sport really shows his character.”
Marus has instantly become one of the best distance runners on the boys team, and expects to place well in the future meets. “Running has always been one of my passions,” said Marus. “If you enjoy what you are doing, it becomes easy to succeed.”
Marus is competing in the 3200m, the 1600m, and the 400m medley, and he seems to really be hitting his stride. “Ben is a freak of an athlete,” teammate Alex Baluha said. “He can run forever and never seems to tire out at all.”
In the past, Marus always played hockey during the winter season. This is the first time since a young age that he has spent the winter months doing something other than competing on the ice.
“Hockey is enjoyable, but not something I really loved,” Marus said. “Running indoor track allows me to stay in shape for tennis in the spring.”
In the classroom, Marus is no slouch either. He is taking multiple AP courses in preparation of a successful college academic career.
“Whenever Ben isn’t running on the track, he is off in the corner studying and working hard on schoolwork,” senior co-captain Justin Sherrick said. “He is going to be successful in the future.
With a combination of athletic ability and academic excellence, Marus has an impact on everyone around him.
“Whether he’s asking me about an AP problem or putting in time on the track, Ben never ceases to impress me,” Mr. Beler said. “This is the main reason why he is a perfect captain.”
Marus’ hard work is not only appreciated by his coach, but his teammates as well. “Ben is a great runner,” senior co-captain Connor Falaguerra said. “His performance on the track inspires me to work harder than I normally would.”
Even though Marus has some of the best times on the team, he is not content with his successes. “I need to keep working hard and getting better,” said Marus. “I really want to qualify for states and have something to show for my hard work.”