Perhaps three of the best athletes for track and field who have come out of Buford High School qualified to compete at the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Each one of the three ladies compete at the Division I level in the NCAA, and while at Buford, they each helped their teams to GHSA State Championship titles.
Erin Marsh is a senior at Duke University and has qualified in the heptathlon. Marsh took home the bronze medal in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She has earned numerous honors, including USFTCCCA All-American First Team, All-ACC First Team and All-ACC Second Team during her time at Duke. While at Buford, Marsh won state championship titles in the 300-meter hurdles in 2015 and 2017, and she was part of the 4×400 meter relay team in 2017.
Alexa Rossum is a sophomore at Stanford University, and she has qualified for the NCAA National Track Championships in the 100 and 200-meter dash. Rossum had her freshman season at Stanford canceled due to COVID-19. While at Buford, she was part of two GHSA State Championship teams. She won individual titles in the 100-meter (2017, 2018), 200-meter (2017), 4×100 relay team (2018) and 4×400 relay team (2017).
Kimberly Harris is in her freshman year at the University of Southern California and qualified for the NCAA National Championships as part of the 4×400 relay team and for the 400-meter. While at Buford, Harris won three state championship titles in the 400-meter, one 200-meter state title, one long jump state title, two 4×400 relay state titles and two 4×100 state titles. She was a member of three state championship teams at Buford. Her senior season and chance at more state titles was canceled due to COVID-19.
Buford’s head track and field coach, Fyrone Davis, has built up a phenomenal program over the years and was honored to have coached these three athletes.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to have played any part in these great athletes’ careers,” Davis said. “To have three young ladies go to Nationals from one high school is unheard of, especially at the same time. Lastly, for these ladies to represent the Buford community, Buford track and field is amazing.”
The 2021 NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held June 9-12 in Eugene, Or.