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Charter School track team opens season today

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Jaryn Pellant practices her shot put while her Marco Island Charter Middle School teammates watch. The team has no track and field facilities, ending up doing  workouts for track and field events on grass at the school. They will get their first real competition on proper surfaces at the Community School of Naples today at 4 p.m. in a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference meet.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Jaryn Pellant practices her shot put while her Marco Island Charter Middle School teammates watch. The team has no track and field facilities, ending up doing workouts for track and field events on grass at the school. They will get their first real competition on proper surfaces at the Community School of Naples today at 4 p.m. in a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference meet.

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And they're off! Some of the 70 members of the Marco Island Charter Middle School track and field team  ham it up for the camera at the start of practice on Wednesday. The team's first meet is at 4 p.m. today at Community School of Naples
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Members of the Marco Island Charter Middle School track and field team, from left,  Bebe Marroquin, Emma Fernandez and Andrew Sprankle bring out hurdles for practice for the season opening meet at 4 p.m. today at Community School of Naples. The Charter School has no track facilities so that all their meets are away from home.
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Roger Raymond, Marco Island Charter Middle School track and field coach, lines the field for hurdles competition at the school field. With him is assistant coach Scott Hurley. The school has no track and field facility so lines are drawn in the grass to be able to practice various events. They will be on the real surfaces today when they open their season with a meet at 4 p.m. today at the Community School of Naples.
  • Marco Island Charter Middle Schol teammates watch as Kamryn Bertrand is about to throw the shot ball.  With her, from left, Candice Hanlon, Annie Palys, Katie Moss and Jaryn Pellant.
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Jonatan Kriqi completes his baton handoff to Patrick Michel as they practice a relay for the Marco Island Charter Middle School track and field team. The team's first competition is at 4 p.m. today at Community School of Naples in a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference meet.
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Kelsey Halaschak and Josh Wagner fly over the hurdles as the Marco Island Charter Middle School track and field members practice for their first meet at 4 p.m. today at Community School of Naples.
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Jaryn Pellant practices her shot put while her Marco Island Charter Middle School teammates watch. The team has no track and field facilities, ending up doing  workouts for track and field events on grass at the school. They will get their first real competition on proper surfaces at the Community School of Naples today at 4 p.m. in a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference meet.

How good can they be? That’s the question that will start to be answered today as the Marco Island Charter Middle School’s track and field team travels to Community School of Naples for its first meet of the season.

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