April 15, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Prior to the start of Saturday’s Seminole Invitational track meet at Mike Long Track, a group of former Seminoles and supporters of the program gathered inside the McIntosh Track Building Atrium to honor a fallen hero and former teammate.
Marc A. Anderson competed as a thrower for the Seminoles from 1993-95. Known as “Big A” to his teammates and friends, Anderson was light-hearted, fiercely competitive and a true teammate in every sense. He was also quite successful, earning All-ACC honors in the shot put and at one point setting the school record indoors in the weight throw.
After a brief career as a teacher, Anderson joined the U.S. Army and had the distinguished honor of becoming a Ranger. Attached to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Anderson lost his life when his helicopter was shot down during Operation Anaconda on March 4, 2002.
Hunter McIntosh was one of Anderson’s teammates and closest friends. It was McIntosh, whose family has been one of the FSU track & field program’s biggest contributors, who headed a group determined to recognize Anderson.
Current and former FSU track & field athletes and coaches, McIntosh Society members and friends of the program were on hand for the ceremony.
On Saturday, April 14, a plaque commemorating Anderson’s contributions both athletically and as a friend and consummate teammate, was unveiled in the McIntosh Building.
A full military dress likeness of Anderson, with a wide smile, is the first thing people will notice when they see the plaque, which reads:
MARC A. ANDERSON
Marc Anderson distinguished himself as an All-ACC shot putter and school record holder in the weight throw during his three seasons with the Seminoles (1993-95).
On March 4, 2002, Spc. Marc A. Anderson, 30, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, lost his life while on a rescue mission during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan.
Marc will forever be remember for his infectious smile, quick with, and commitment to excellence in everything he set out to do.
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