Ella Dunn races to a top Marathon finish at FHSAA’s Region 4 1A Championships in Boca Raton on Nov. 9.

Junior, Marathon
Cross Country

“Ella has been working hard all season and putting in extra miles on the weekends. She is an awesome kid all around and we’re proud of all her successes.” – Jim Murphy, Marathon cross country coach

Marathon junior Eleanor “Ella” Dunn has been a constant source of energy and drive for the Fins. The multitalented athlete is easily discernible in a crowd of runners; just look for the runner with a brilliant smile while most athletes are showing signs of agony. Dunn is not one to be outworked. She puts in extra effort and has taken on a leadership role with the team in her second season running with the Dolphins. 

Dunn will make a state appearance with her team for the second time in as many years. This season, she has taken over the lead for the Lady Fins, finishing first for Marathon at both districts and regionals. Dunn’s most recent performance showed an improvement of more than 35 seconds from the prior week and was more than 20 seconds better than her results last season, setting her up for a fantastic showing at the state meet in Tallahassee. For her positive attitude and unwillingness to be outworked, Ella Dunn 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.