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“On Your Mark Get Set…”

Waiting on your hands and knees in anticipation, ready for your time to shine. All eyes are on you! The pressure’s on! The official yells “set” and the sound of the gun goes pop! You’re off as your body propels in the air off your starting block. You’re running, running, running as fast as you can for your one shot to win the gold!

FA’s Winter Track season has been victorious. From the start, each runner has worked their hardest to achieve their personal goals, and represent Friends Academy well.

This season’s team has welcomed both new and veteran runners, who have all been able to experience the sport of track and field together. Thanks to our hard work and the great coaching staff, Franklin Thompson and Lauren Cabrallo, many runners have had the opportunity to run in numerous track meets, such as the St. Anthony’s Format A-D meets, the Hispanic Games, Conference Championships, the Yale Invitational, County Championships, and soon to come the State Qualifier meet. Our girls’ team came in first at the Conference Championships, where the girls 4×800 team was awarded the fastest 4×800 team in the county. Our boys’ team also did well, coming in seventh out of nineteen, very competitive schools. The team as a whole came in fourth at the County Championships.

Although we are approaching the end of our season, our road to victory has not yet been completed. Two of the teams runners, Candace Taylor (’14) and Kelsey Margey (’12) and Shekinah Pettway (’14) will move on to compete at the State meet at Cornell University.

When speaking to individual players and the whole team I learned that all of the runners felt that the season was successful, and the new runners enjoyed the  exposure to a new sport. Simmy, a new member to the team, said “The season was a lot of fun. I was able to make new friends at the meets and during practice. The workouts also helped me become a better runner and become more successful at the meets” (Simmmy Ghooi ’15). I also had the opportunity to talk to veteran, Candace, who said that “Everyone had a good season. I enjoyed it as well and the meets were exciting and it was great to run against other competitors.” (Candace Taylor ’14)

Congratulations to the Winter Track and Field Team! Make sure to wish Candace and Kelsey good luck in their upcoming competition!

And Congratulations to Conference 6 Coach of the Year FA’s very own Franklin Thompson!

Photos Courtesy of Katrina Garry ’14

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