Locke set for in­duc­tion

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The Dan­bury High School Ath­letic Hall of Fame’s 12thannual in­duc­tion cer­e­mony is sched­uled for Oct. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Am­ber Room Colon­nade in Dan­bury. Among this year’s hon­orees will be 2004 grad­u­ate and track and field star Mar­sha Locke.

“You can’t beat 10 points every week,” long­time Hat­ter track and field coach Kevin Wilcox said Locke. From her sopho­more to se­nior years at DHS, the girls track team could al­ways count on team points from Locke’s spe­cialty, the shot put. But she of­ten scored points for Dan­bury in the other field events as well, in­clud­ing the javelin and dis­cuss.

“I wanted to run,” Locke said, “but the track scared me. So I started throw­ing. I was a nat­u­ral.”

From 2002-04, she dom­i­nated FCIAC and state field events. In 2002 out­door track, the Dan­bury girls were FCIAC first place, with Locke plac­ing first in the shot put and third in the javelin. That year, Dan­bury was also the Class LL state champs, with Locke fin­ish­ing fifth in both the javelin and the shot put.

For 2003 in­door track, the Dan­bury girls fin­ished first in both the FCIAC and state Class L, with Locke plac­ing first in the FCIAC shot put and sec­ond in the state shot put. For 2003 out­door track, the Dan­bury girls were FCIAC run­ners-up and Class LL state cham­pi­ons, with Locke scor­ing points in the shot put, the dis­cus and the javelin.

For the 2004 in­door track sea­son, the Dan­bury girls fin­ished first in both the FCIACs and the Class LLs, with Locke plac­ing first in the shot put for both com­pe­ti­tions. She also qual­i­fied for New Eng­lands and Na­tion­als, plac­ing fourth in the shot put at both events. In the 2004 out­door sea­son, Locke com­peted in the shot put, dis­cus and javelin, and took first place at the New Eng­lands in the shot put and set the school record with a throw of 42 feet, 51⁄

Af­ter her grad­u­a­tion from Dan­bury High School, Locke con­tin­ued her aca­demic and ath­letic ca­reers at Sa­cred Heart Uni­ver­sity. While at Sa­cred Heart, she com­peted in the shot put, the dis­cus, the javelin and the ham­mer.

Dur­ing her se­nior sea­son in 2008, she 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. Locke was also named to the ESPN Mag­a­zine Aca­demic Al­lDistrict sec­ond team.

Locke grad­u­ated with a de­gree in nurs­ing and cur­rently works in San Diego in the emer­gency room and as a de­ten­tions nurse in the county jail. She is an avid world trav­eler and has a great ap­pre­ci­a­tion of his­tory. When she is in the area, she has as­sisted the throw­ers at DHS and helped at the O’Grady Re­lays and DHS track meets.

Con­tact Betsy Merullo at 203-744-1223 for more in­for­ma­tion about the ban­quet.

File photo

Mar­sha Locke com­petes in the shot put

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