Marsha Locke

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Track, 2004

“You can’t beat ten points every week,” longtime coach Kevin Wilcox said of this 2018 Danbury High School Hall of Fame inductee, Marsha Locke.  From her sophomore to senior years at DHS, the girls’ track team could always count on team points from Marsha’s specialty, the shot put.  But she often scored points for Danbury High School in the other field events as well, the javelin and discuss.

Coach Wilcox saw the makings of something special when he first saw Marsha.  “I wanted to run”, Marsha said, “But the track scared me.  So I started throwing.  I was a natural.”  From 2002-2004, she dominated FCIAC and state field events.  The following are just some of her high school accomplishments.  In 2002 outdoor track, Danbury girls were FCIAC first place, with Marsha placing first in the shot put, and third in the javelin.  That year Danbury was also LL state champs with Marsha finishing fifth in both the javelin and the shot put.  For 2003 indoor track, Danbury girls finished first in both State L’s and the FCIAC’s with Marsha placing first in the FCIAC shot put and second in the state shot put.  For 2003 outdoor track, the Danbury girls were FCIAC runner-ups and State LL champions with Marsha scoring points in the shot put, the discuss and the javelin.  For the 2004 indoor track season, the Danbury girls finished first in both the FCIAC’s and the state LL’s, with Marsha placing first in the shot put for both competitions.  Marsha also qualified for New England’s and National’s, placing fourth in the shot put at both events.  In the 2004 outdoor season, Marsha competed in the shot put, discus and javelin, and was first place at the New England’s in the shot put, with 42’5.5”-the Danbury High School record.

After her graduation from Danbury High School, Marsha continued her academic and athletic career at Sacred Heart University.  She graduated with a degree in nursing. While at Sacred Heart, she competed in the shot put, the discus, the javelin, and the hammer.  During her senior season in 2008, Marsha was the first female Sacred Heart athlete to garner All East honors and place at the NCAA Regionals.  She was the NEC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year and awarded the ECAC Medal of Merit.  Marsha was also named to the ESPN Magazine Academic All District second team.