Marquita Allen is in entering her second season as a graduate assistant for the track & field and cross country programs at Michigan State.
Allen attended MSU and was a former track athlete. She was a letterwinner and a member of the NCAA regional qualifying 4X100m relay team in 2007. During her senior year, Allen finished 10th in the 400m at the outdoor Big Ten Conference meet, with a personal-best time of 55.6. She was also honored as the team captain during her senior season. Allen earned her undergraduate degree in kinesiology and graduated in the spring of 2007.
She is currently working towards a master's degree in kinesiology.
"When I found out Marquita was planning to go to graduate school, I immediately thought of her as someone who could help our program," said director of track & field/cross country Walt Drenth. "She was a successful athlete, and she has a real enthusiasm for the sport. I think in due time, she will be a very good coach."