Caylaa Makimaa Junior, Key West Cross Country

Caylaa Makimaa
Junior, Key West
Cross Country

“Caylaa is a welcome returner to the cross country team. As one of our captains, she’s always positive and encouraging to her fellow runners. It’s been great to see the girls really working together this season to build the strength of our top five runners.” – Keara McGraw, Lady Conchs cross country coach

Caylaa Makimaa did not become Key West’s top female cross country runner overnight – she has worked consistently for the past three years to gain strength and speed. Her positive attitude and willingness to put others first are an asset to the Conchs, and her team-first spirit has helped Key West improve greatly over the past few seasons. Makimaa’s 5K time last week (22:58.37) in the season opener for the Lady Conchs was just 30 seconds from her time at districts last season, putting her in great position to continue to lead Key West toward the ever-elusive bid to states in November. 

For her fantastic athleticism and her encouraging, positive attitude, Caylaa Makimaa is the Keys Weekly Athlete of the Week.

Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.