May 24, 2017


Sat 5/27:  Southernmost Seminoles 5K

           Higgs Beach, Key West

           8 AM – a morning race this year

           Call 305-360-2026

           Online Registration

    This is the final race of our Spring Grand Prix Season.  Lace ‘em up and get some points!!  

    Click that silver thing above to see the latest standings.


    Congratulations to Key West High School sophomore Nicole Matysik for an incredible performance at the two-day FHSAA Class 2A State Meet in early May.  Nicky earned silver medals in both the 3200 Meter and 1600 Meter Runs, and captured fourth in the 800 Meters as well.  She totaled 21 points to surpass Britney Wagnoner’s 2011 total of 18 as the best ever by a KW female athlete.  In school history, only Clive Georges, with 24 points spread over 4 events in 2012, has scored more.

     On Friday afternoon, Nicole broke her own School Record (SR) in the 800 Meters, taking a hard-earned 4th place in 2:15.55 and lowering the standard by 1.68 seconds.  In her stay at KWHS, she has taken 6.45 seconds off a mark that had stood since 1999 (Kit Stine).

TW YouTube Video:  800 Meters

     That was the warmup.  The 3200 was The Show.  Class 2A is loaded in the distance races, and Nicky has butted heads with most of them more than once before.  She has gotten to know them as friends, and as competitors.  She has also learned how they race and has learned how to race against them.  Patient and stealthy, she stalked the early leaders as they pushed the pace in the first few laps, used a steady 1:20-per-lap pace to catch them in mid-race, and surged past in the final 2 laps to take the silver medal.  Only last year’s triple gold medalist, Caitlin Collier, a junior at the Bolles School, could hold off her charge. The race was great, but the time was astounding:  10:35.58, slashing nearly 15 seconds off her own SR.  To put that in perspective, when Nicole arrived at KWHS, the SR was Jane Welzien’s 12:16.97.  As fine a run as Jane’s was – it took down a mark that had stood for 18 years – Nicky has chopped 1:41 from it.  Amazing.

TW YouTube VIDEO:  3200 Meters

     But the show was not over.  On Saturday, in the howling wind, Nicole ran to another silver medal – again only beaten by Collier (whose 2:05.29 clocking in the 800 earlier this year is ranked #1 in the USA), Nicky used smart pacing and a killer finish to outrace her other chief rivals in 4:57.65, the third fastest 1600 in school history, trailing only her 4:56.32 run at  Regionals a week before, and her SR of 4:55.93 set in winning Districts the week before that.

TW YouTube Video:  1600 Meters

     Outstanding job by Nicole and her coach Terence White on a great finish to a great season.  They are contemplating taking the trip up to North Carolina for the New Balance National Meet in mid-June.  If they go, she will be wearing the KWSR singlet, since the meet lies outside the recognized high school season.  KWSR will be picking up the tab.  Rock on, Nicky!!

     Nicole was The Show Of Shows, but a good contingent of Keys runners also competed at States.  

     Conch freshman Robert Pedroza was the only other medalist, running a strong race in the 1600 to take 5th place in 4:25.43, and slice :00.06 off the SR he had set at Regionals.  

     KW soph Owen Allen just missed medaling with his 9th place finish in the 3200.  Owen finished the season having chopped almost 20 seconds of Everett Wagner’s SR.

     Marathon’s boys 4x800 Meter Relay of senior Joel Zaila, eighth-grader Jon Pitchford, sophomore Aydan Child, and senior Keygan Jeffries missed a medal by just :00.32 with their 8:41.16

     In the 400, Keygan ran :51.60 to place 9th, just missing a qualifying spot for the 400 final by :00.16.  (His prelim time would have placed him third in the final.)  He also just missed in the 800, placing 9th in 2:02.21.

     Joel placed 15th in the 1600 in 4:44.13 after running 10:17.48 for 11th in the 3200 the night before.  Aydan was 14th in 10:28.34 in the same race.     

     Dolphin Junior Takara McKnight ran :27.66 for 16th in the 200 as the lone representative of the MHS girls team.  

     So a successful T&F season is over, and we all look ahead to Cross Country.  Mark Saturday 9/28/17 on your calendar as the date for the 2017 Monroe County Championship Meet at KWGC.


Your current Board:

  President:                Mary Ann Nelson *

  Vice President:           Dr. Dedra Ling

  Treasurer:                Don Nelson *

  Recording Secretary:      Chelsea Stamy

  Corresponding Secretary:  Rick MacKenzie

  Member At-Large:          Mike Higgins

  Member At-Large:          Mark Bell

  Member At-Large:          Gerda Kalb

  * = stepping down on 5/31

Back Issues

May 1, 2017

April 1, 2017

February 27, 2017

December 29, 2016

December 4,2016

November 24, 2016

October 31, 2016

October 3, 2016

September 22, 2016

August 31, 2016

April 23, 2016

April 20, 2016

April 4, 2016

2017 GP Season 1


KWSR June Meeting &

Say-Hello-to-Summer Social

Wednesday, June 7 at 6:00 PM

Fury Water Adventures

Sunset Sail includes:

Food, Beverages, Music, Camaraderie



Cast your vote for the Board of Directors!



We crown our Champions and reward AG winners!

The Best Part:

The Club will pay your way!

WHAT?? My $25 annual dues include a Sunset Sail, with free food and drinks???  No, can’t be.


—–> BUT <—–


(see link, below)

and your dues must be current

(see link, above)

The Details:  “Commotion on the Ocean” 6/7/17

Check in at Fury Booth near Conch Republic Seafood Company by 6:00 — 5:45 is even better.

Don will have tickets for all members that have RSVP’ed. If you show up without having done the RSVP thing, you’ll need to buy yer own ticket.

We need to have a total head count BY JUNE 5TH to give to Fury, so respond early!!  The sooner you RSVP the more fun you’ll have!

Our Sunset Sail will include complementary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), small bites and snack, live music, and beautiful views.  Again, do not wait until the last minute to respond.  RSVP closes on 6/5.

ACTIVE Club members receive a complementary rate to attend the social.

*** If you have a family member who is interested in attending and/or joining the club, you must have your membership fees up-to-date PRIOR to the social date.  

  If you do not have a family membership, the club will cover only the members.  Others will have to pay.  (Hint: upgrade to a Family Membership and save bigtime.)

   Also, kids 3-and-under are free. Age 4-10 are a local price of $20+ tax & 11 & up are adult price.

*** If you have a friend who is interested in joining the club and attending the social, they must become members and pay their membership fee PRIOR to the social date.

*** If you have a friend who wants to attend and does not want to become a member, they are more than welcome to attend…but will need to take care of their Sunset Sail ticket individually.

We are looking forward to a wonderful time on the beautiful waters of Key West.


> email – PLEASE put “RSVP Sunset Sail” in the subject line to separate yourself from all that junk mail that we all get.

> OR, post your RSVP on our Facebook page.

One last thing:  on such trips, it is customary to tip the crew.  They get paid low wages and depend on tips.  Since you’re not paying to take the ride, drop some cash in their bucket.

RSVP right now!!  We’ll see ya on the 7th!!  

Click here to see if your dues are due – 5/2017 Update


The group meets on Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 6:00 AM at White Street Pier for a casual few miles in the pre-dawn cool.  All levels welcome.

Any questions, email

Amanda Beach (Melbourne), Nicole Matysik (KW), Natalie Varela (Gulliver) and Caitlin Collier (Bolles) with 600 to go in the 3200 Meter Run.