NAIA Champion of Character and NAIA Indoor Track All-American Sarina Lashbrook has been named boys and girls cross country head coach for the Marion Giants.
Lashbrook, who is currently an assistant coach for girls track at Marion, is looking forward to the opportunity to lead the Giants cross country team.
“Cross country has been a part of my life for so many years, and I’m looking forward to sharing my love for the sport with Marion High School students,” Coach Lashbrook said. “My hope is to pour into student athletes and to encourage them toward success in all areas of their life.”
Lashbrook has previously served as head cross country coach and assistant track coach for Mississinewa Community Schools. In 2016 she led the boys cross country program to the first conference championship in school history.
Lashbrook earned a bachelor of arts in biology pre-med from Taylor University and a bachelor of science in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University.
She was Crossroads League Academic All-Conference in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and was a Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete in those same years.
Marion High School Athletic Director Steve Moritz said of the hire: “I just can’t say enough about how excited we are to have Sarina as our new cross country boys and girls head coach. She brings a wealth of experience from her high school and college days as a runner. She is already in her first year as Marion High School’s assistant girls track coach, and it is already apparent that our student athletes gravitate to her for advice and encouragement. It won’t be easy for her to replace the legendary Terry Lakes, but I feel our cross country program is in good hands with Sarina Lashbrook.”
Lakes announced his retirement from coaching earlier this school year. He continues to lead the English Department at Marion High School.