Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Crockett High junior Marcel Wyckoff is hitting his stride as one of the state’s top sprinters in the 400 meter and 200 meter dash.
“Currently he’s running in the 51s, which puts him on target to achieve his summer-season goal of 48.8 (seconds) in the 400,’’ Crockett coach Derek Atlas said of Wyckoff, the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “He’s also on track to run 21.8 in the 200. The one thing about Marcel is that he never backs away from a challenge. He’s absolutely fearless when the gun goes off at a track meet.”
Wyckoff, a 5-9, 150-pounder, was part of Crockett’s All-State 4×400 meter relay team while a freshman at Davis Aerospace, where there wasn’t a track team. After transferring to Crockett and sitting out last season, Wyckoff has picked up where he left off as one of the PSL’s top 400 meter and 200 meter men.
“I guess you could say my coach inspires me to do well in track,’’ said Wyckoff, lauding Atlas who also coaches him in AAU during the summer. “I am kind of surprised (that I’ve become good in track) because I didn’t really like it at first. But I like it now.”
Wyckoff said he needs to improve his start out of the blocks and work on getting stronger to achieve his goals in track.
“I’m looking forward to getting a track scholarship and going to college,’’ he said. “I want to further my track career and become a forensic scientist.”
Wyckoff’s coach envisions bigger accomplishments in the sprinter’s future.
“Marcel has a wealth of knowledge about track and field that he’s willing to share,’’ Atlas said. “His work ethic is tenacious and he has embraced the 400 meter dash when most athletes run from it. I expect great things from him both on and off the track.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes and is sponsored by Detroit area McDonald’s owner-operators