John Marshall
Personal information
Born (1963-11-05) November 5, 1963 (age 60)
Plainfield, New Jersey
Event800 meters
College teamVillanova
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 meters: 1:43.92[1]
1500 meters: 3:44.8[1]
Mile: 4:01.83[1]

John Henry Marshall (born November 5, 1963) is a former middle-distance track athlete who specialized in the 800 meters. He competed for the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He was married to former 800-meter runner Debbie Grant, with whom he has a son, Myles Marshall, who is also an 800-meter runner and competed for the US junior team in 2014.

Running career

High school

Marshall attended and ran with Plainfield High School in his hometown of Plainfield, New Jersey, where he graduated in 1981.[2] He set the New Jersey High School state record in the boy's 800 meters at 1:49.5 in 1981.[3] He also was a member of Plainfield's 4x400-meter relay team at the 1981 Penn Relays, where he ran his 400-meter split in 46.7 seconds.[4]


Marshall attended and ran with Villanova University until he graduated in 1985. His collegiate highlights include winning the men's 880-yard race at the 1983 NCAA DI Indoor T&F Championships.[1] While in school, Marshall competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where he ran the men's 800 meters.


  1. ^ a b c d "John Marshall Bio". Archived from the original on 2014-12-13.
  2. ^ "Plainfield honors seven outstanding black citizens", The Courier-News, February 21, 1985. Accessed November 9, 2017. "A 1981 Plainfield High School graduate, Marshall broke the 800-meter collegiate record in 1982 and was named to the U.S. Junior National Team."
  3. ^ Morris, Tim. "Andrews goes out in record style" Archived 2014-12-13 at the Wayback Machine, News Transcript, June 10, 2009. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Miller, William J. "Marshall's 46.7 Leg Wins for Plainfield", The New York Times, April 26, 1981. Accessed December 15, 2014. "John Marshall gave Plainfield High of New Jersey its first Penn Relays championship in 20 years with a brilliant 46.7-second anchor leg in the 1,600-meter relay."