Charter boys win opening track meet

In somewhat of a surprise, the Marco Island Charter Middle School boys track team won the Community School of Naples Invitational on Tuesday.

The girls came in second in the eight-school meet.

The difference for the boys was they scored major points in the field events where the girls did not.

Trevor Dye won the shot put and the discus for 12 big points. Particularly good when considering the Charter School does not have a track facility to practice

field events.

Also astounding was that Patrick Michel and Colin McMullen went 1-2 in the

long jump.

They switched places in the 100-meter dash with McMullen winning in a time of 11:79 to Michel at 11:84.

Jay Vanderjagt, Evan Meredith, Jonatan Kriqi and Josh Wagner teamed to win the 4x400. Wagner won the 400-meter run and was third in hurdles.

“The boys did very well for their first meet and getting onto the proper surfaces to compete, instead of grass at the school,” coach Roger Raymond said.

Girls coach Karen Raymond said the girls had a good meet.

“This was a real eye opener for some of our girls,” she said.

“This was a good meet to ease into the season. They will get better from here and will see their times improve. Conference begins in two weeks and that’s when their light bulbs will come on.”

No problem with Rosie Poling’s light bulb, she won the 800 and 1600-meter races. Bebe Marroquinn, Emma Fernandez, Hannah Hagarty, Maddie Bonfitto and Bailey Greaves all ran well in the 800-meter heats. Katies Cookson also did well in

running events.

The girls won the 4x400 with Jaryn Pellant, Ashley Johnson, Poling and Marissa Mengelkoch. Kelsey Halaschak did well in the hurdles and Candice Hanlon performed well in the hurdles.

The team’s next meet is on March 17 at Manatee Middle School.

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