|Marie Skello is the most decorated female athlete to graduate from Coventry High School. Participating in both Cross Country and Track and Field, Marie still holds the school records for Cross Country (18:35) the 1600 meter run (5:19) and the 3200 meter run (11:22), where she won the league, district and regional titles for three consecutive years, as well as being a three time state placer in that event.
During her four year Cross Country career, Marie was undefeated in dual meets, voted league runner off the year (all 4 years), named the District Champion (all 4 years), a four-year state qualifier and placer and was named the Beacon Journal Runner of the Year in 1990. She was invited and competed in the TAC Junior Olympics.
Marie is a seven time state qualifier and a seven-time state placer. The only thing holding her back from being an eight-time state qualifier were levy issues in 1986 that resulted in the suspension of spring sports, just prior to the district meet.
Her senior year, Marie was forced to make the choice between attending graduation with her classmates or representing Coventry High School at the State Track Meet. She chose the state meet and was awarded her high school diploma by her coaches Bob and Beckie Madick, under the goal post at The Ohio State Stadium.
Marie attended The University of Louisville on a full scholarship where she was a member of the Cross Country team and was the Division Conference Champion. She graduated with a degree in biology and has taken those skills around the world, working in Australia, the Grand Cayman Islands and Hawaii. Marie also participates in team triathlons and is a champion mountain bike racer.