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Mikail “Jay” Marshall
Junior, Marathon
Track & Field

“Jay has stepped up big time this year. He’s become such a great inspiration for the younger kids on the team.” – Darby Sheehan, Marathon head coach

Watching Marathon’s Jay Marshall on the soccer pitch, one quickly realizes that he is fast, but it was not until track season that we understood just how fast the junior is. Marshall has been putting effort into his starts, focusing on the little things that make a big difference in shorter sprint races, and his times have been steadily speeding up. 

“He’s at practice every day putting in the work, and we are beyond thrilled to see his work paying off,” explained Fins coach Darby Sheehan. 

Marshall owns the school records in the 100- and 200-meter races and most recently broke his own record in the 100. He consistently crosses the line before athletes from larger schools and has all that it takes to bring home some hardware from districts, regionals and even states this year. For his dedication to improving his times and his positive contributions in teamwork and sportsmanship, Marathon’s Jay Marshall is the Keys Weekly Athlete of the Week.

Tracy McDonald
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.