a young man in a green jersey standing with his arms crossed
Coral Shores High School Track and Field Media Day Thursday, March 7, 2024. Photo by Doug Finger

On March  27, Marathon made the trip to Pace in Miami to participate in a meet against multiple South Florida schools. Mikail Marshall beat a field of 30 in the 100-meter dash, crossing the line in 11.17 seconds and setting a new school record in the process. Marshall also won the 200-meter race in 22.83 seconds. Vance Bursa, who has been picking up speed as he comes off an injury, was first in the mile run, finishing in 4:45.98. His younger brother, Tony, finished second in the mile, then took first in the two-mile, finishing in 11:33.07 with teammate Allan Taylor right behind in second place. Mason Buxton’s 135’ 04.57” javelin toss was another first-place win for the Fins.

On the girls’ team, Mikkel Ross was first in the two-mile run, crossing the finish line in 14:18.80, then claimed second place in the mile. Rebecca Merryman finished fourth in the mile. Hurdlers Caylie Globe and Cami Wrinn had a good showing. Globe finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles while Wrinn took second place in the 400-meter hurdles. Justice Lee had success in the throwing events, with a second-place discus throw that surpassed the school record. Lee also took second place in javelin and fourth place in shot put. Marathon’s next competition will be at its home meet on Monday, April 8.

Up the road, Coral Shores coach Herbert James and a small group of athletes attended the South Florida Invitational at Southridge on March 30. There, a pair of Coral Shores Hurricanes, both seniors, finished in the top 10. Ethan Marguet was third and Cody Roberts finished 10th in the 800-meter run. 

Key West was off last week, but will be busy this week. The Conchs will be at Coral Shores on April 4 and in Marathon on April 8. District events are approaching quickly, with the ’Canes and Conchs set to travel to Tropical Park on April 24 for the 2A championships. Marathon will compete at Palmer on May 1 in the 1A competition.

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.