Xavyer Arrington shows off the first place medal earned at Coral Shores’ regional track meet with coach Herbert James. CONTRIBUTED

Xavyer Arrington
Senior, Coral Shores
Weightlifting, Track & Field

“Xavyer is an awesome leader for the track team, always leading by example for the younger athletes.” – Hurricanes track and field coach Herbert James

Coral Shores strongman Xavyer Arrington was not finished when he brought home his second gold medal in weightlifting last month. The Naval Academy-bound athlete is committed to play football next fall, but between his state championship in weightlifting and collegiate football career, Arrington will now compete for yet another set of state medals, this time in track and field. 

Arrington recently took first place in the FHSAA 2A Region 4 championship in discus and sixth in shot put. The first-place finish in discus guaranteed him a spot at the state championship in Jacksonville on May 18. He is ranked sixth in the discus, but still has his sights set on two medals, having also earned an at-large bid in the shot put event with a 12th-place overall ranking ahead of the state meet. 

Arrington has set school records in both events and has set the bar high for future Hurricane athletes. For his outstanding accomplishments in athletics and setting a stellar example for his teammates, Xavyer Arrington 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.