After 25 years at the helm, Marshall head cross country coach Ted Denton is stepping down.
The Marshall School Board on Monday accepted the resignations of Denton and his wife-assistant Judy. Denton had retired from his teaching job as an art instructor a couple of years earlier.
During his term, the Owls had twice qualified as a team for the MSHSAA Championships, taking third place in Class 3 in 2003-04. The Marshall girls' squad also went to state under Denton in 1994 and 2009.
Denton has also coached numerous all-state, all-district and all-NCMC runners -- some of whom went on to successful college careers. Among the most recent were Michael McCampbell and Jeremy Glassmaker -- leaders of the Owls' state trophy teams -- at Southwest Baptist, Madison Marshman at Northwest Missouri State and Katie (Wells) Olvera, a Heart of America Conference champion at Central Methodist two years ago.
The 2012 season was the first one in which the Owls didn't have any state qualifiers since the early '90s.