Friday, September 18, 2020

MIA Track Team Shows Heart

Mike Weyrauch adjusts his sunglasses during the coaches meeting. With him (from left): FBA’s Ryan Mitchell and Cassie Barone and Seacrest coach Nick Pohl.

Mike Weyrauch adjusts his sunglasses during the coaches meeting. With him (from left): FBA’s Ryan Mitchell and Cassie Barone and Seacrest coach Nick Pohl.

By Roger LaLonde 

An eight-member track and field team has little chance in a district meet, but the Marco Island Academy showed heart on April 21.

The team managed nine points at the Class 1A District 8 meet as host First Baptist Academy (FBA) boys and girls won titles.

In just its second season and coach Mike Weyrauch in his first, the team gave an all-out effort.

“The team was impressive. Every single girl

Submitted PhotosMIA track team: (from left) Coach Mike Weyrauch, Joyce Dawson, Julia Wagner, Teagan Havemeier, Olivia Watt, Patrick Michel, Kayla Kladis, Anna Chamberlin, Brian Flynn, Andrew Fowler and assistant coach Jim Watt.

Submitted PhotosMIA track team: (from left) Coach Mike Weyrauch, Joyce Dawson, Julia Wagner, Teagan Havemeier, Olivia Watt, Patrick Michel, Kayla Kladis, Anna Chamberlin, Brian Flynn, Andrew Fowler and assistant coach Jim Watt.

came to every practice and got better. The boys and girls all improved and their times dropped dramatically,” Weyrauch said.

Sophomore Olivia Watt had the best showing with a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 meter run. Unfortunately only the top four advanced to regional competition.

The boys had just two entrants, Patrick Michel and Andrew Fowler. A third boy, Brian Flynn, was not eligible, as he didn’t compete in enough events while

Olivia Watt following her fifth-place finish in the 1,600 meter run. With her,assistant coach Jim Watt and head coach Mike Weyrauch.

Olivia Watt following her fifth-place finish in the 1,600 meter run. With her,assistant coach Jim Watt and head coach Mike Weyrauch.

playing on the baseball team this spring.

Other girls on the team included Anna Chamberlin, Julia Wagner, Joyce Dawson and Teagan Havemeier.

MIA doesn’t have facilities where they can practice long and high jump, shot or discus. It resulted in them having no entries in field events.

Yet Weyrauch was enthusiastic for the future.

“One of the best things about them is that they came out every day with an open mind and killed it every day,” Weyrauch said.

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