Norland to continue track career at Marquette
The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams announced the addition of 23 incoming freshman for the 2013-13 academic year, including nine student-athletes who will also run cross country in the fall.
Four different states and one Canadian province are represented in this year's class, which includes six jumpers, six sprinters and one thrower in addition to the nine distance runners.
The group of student-athletes will assist the Golden Eagles as they make the transition into a new era of the Big East Conference in 2013-14.
Spirit Lake senior Mark Norland is one of 12 men's signees.
"Mark is newcomer to track," said Marquette head coach Bert Rogers. "He is someone with strong potential in the 400 and 800 sprints. I expect him to work well with Anton Rice and the rest of the 400/800 training group."
Norland came out track and cross country his senior season at Spirit Lake after spending his first three seasons as a wrestler.
"I never really thought seriously about running in college until after state when we were on our way back (from Des Moines) when Coach (Brad) Travis said something," said Norland. "So I thought about it for a couple weeks and decided it was something I wanted to try."
"I had already picked to go there because they had really good academics and I liked the city and it's where I wanted to go to school first," he added.
Norland finished fourth in the Class 3A 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:21.31 and helped the 4x800-meter relay team to a third-place finish. The Indians captured a district track and field championship during Norland's senior year.
The son of Kelly and Denise Norland plans to major in biology at Marquette.