Wednesday, December 6th

6:00 PM



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White Elephant/Secret Santa Gift Exchange:

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-Draw numbers to see the order of who goes 1st, 2nd, etc.

-1 steal to person to keep things moving along.

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Conchs and Dolphins

Step Lively at States!

   KWHS Junior Nicole Matysik made the biggest wave as Florida’s 2017 XC season closed with a rush at the FHSAA State Championships in Tallahassee on 11/11.  Nicole broke School Records for best finish ever (2nd) and fastest 5K ever (18:19.33), losing only to Pine Crest’s 2-time State Champ Tsion Yared.  Pacing well, Nicky laid off the fast early pace and then made her move in the middle mile.  By 2M, she was in 2nd, pulling away from her pursuers and gaining on Yared.  Yared had one more gear, though, and was able to match Nicole’s pace and keep her lead to the finish. It was Nicole’s second trip to the podium, having placed 6th last year as a sophomore. [Girls 2A race photos]

    It was a tough act for the KW boys to follow, but they rewrote their own record books as well. Sophomore Robert Pedroza and junior Owen Allen became the first Conch boys to earn State Meet medals (top 10) with their 7th and 8th place finishes, respectively. The prior best was Everett Wagner’s 15th in 2014.

    The pair ran as one throughout the race, moving steadily through the field, charging together from 11th and 12th at 2 miles to earn their medal positions.  Robert pulled away a little on the final downhill and clocked 15:53.05 for a new School Record, with Owen right behind in 15:56.33, also more than 20 seconds ahead of Everett’s 16:17 mark.  

    The boys were more than a 2-man show, however, as the team ran to KWHS best-ever’s in Team Place (11th in Class 2A - prior best was 13th in 2014), Team Score (347 - prior best was 363 in 2014), and, very decisively, Team Time.  Pedroza, Allen, freshman Jack Shvero (17:54 PR), junior Kingston Young (18:18 PR), and senior Viren Alwani (18:53 PR) combined for a Team Average of 17:23.14, chopping a full 15 seconds off the record set in the 2014 Regional Meet (17:38.2) The Graft brothers, junior Scout (18:58) and freshman Stryder (20:03) rounded out the team. [Boys 2A race photos]

    The best team finish of the day, though, was posted by the Marathon Dolphin boys in Class 1A.  Junior Aydan Child and freshman Jonathan Pitchford led the way, placing 16th and 17th, both in PR times, and both breaking 17 minutes for the first time.  Aydan’s 16:51 breaks his own School Record of 17:01 which he set the week before at Regionals, when he bettered Joel Zaila’s 17:11 mark.

  Jon’s 16:54 also beat the previous record, and is one of the best freshman times you’ll see.  Jon’s twin, Owen, also smashed his PR with a 17:34, and senior Matt Pinkley broke 18 for the first time this year with a PR 17:48.

    Junior #5 man Armando Perez clocked 19:58 and freshman #6 Logan Dellasandro ran 21:16.

    The team placed 6th, the second best ever by a Keys team (only their 3rd in 2016 has been better), with a  solid 266 points, and a 17:49 team average.  [Boys 1A race photos]

    Hearty congratulations to Coach Terence White of Key West, to Coach James Murphy of Marathon, and to all their runners on a truly excellent season!    

    Nicole and Robert are headed to the Footlocker National South Regional Meet in North Carolina on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Being an out-of-season competition, they are not allowed to wear KWHS attire and will be racing in KWSR singlets.  Go Conchs!!]

Nicole Matysik striding hard at the 3K mark Nicole has her eyes on the clock as she sprints to the finish line Zack Rodriguez Aydan Child

    Whither the GP, you ask?  Again?  Ha.  It’s looking like it will be a year-long competition with bigger prizes and more prizes at the conclusion.  Some kudos at the quarter-poles, maybe.  We’ll work it out.  Email us any preferences that you might have regarding which races to include, ideas about scoring, etc., and we’ll see what makes a good fit for everyone.  Hopefully, we’ll have a schedule to unveil at the Party.  There’s a very good chance we’ll start with A Positive Step in mid-December.



     If you missed it, you really missed it.  As off the scale on the bad side as the weather was for our first shot at it back in June, it was that much off the scale to the good side this time.  Perfect night, good music, good eats, good drinks, great sundown.  Glad so many could make it!!

Owen Allen and Robert Pedroza  Side-by-side at the start Owen and Robert still paired  at 3K Owen and Robert together with  100 meters to go Jack Shvero pushing hard to the finish line Kingston Young in his final  50 meters Viren Alwani closing out his  Final XC race with a PR Aydan Child in the stampede  Across the first field Jonathan Pitchford finishing strong with his first sub-17 State Meet Medalists Robert Pedroza Nicole Matysik Owen Allen The Key West to Tallahassee Entourage