While the J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys’ track and field roster was small, team members were able to enjoy an opportunity to explore a long list of running, jumping and throwing events this past spring.
Huntington High School physical education teachers Chris Taylor and Michael Marinello coached the team, which saw its smallest turnout in years, no doubt the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the reshuffling of the season and numerous restrictions imposed.
Eighth grader Dylan Heller especially shined in discus and shot put. “He works hard and pays attention to detail,” Taylor said.
Dylan Proctor, another talented eighth grader, was the team’s leader in sprints and high jump.
“The boys did a great job throughout the season,” Taylor said. “They were able to participate and experience many of the field events during the season.”
The program will look to regroup next spring and expand participation to a least two dozen athletes so that every event can be covered.
“Most of the athletes from the 2021 team will be moving up to the high school as freshmen,” Taylor said.
Blue Devil varsity boys’ track and field head coach Ronald E. Wilson said he will work to build up the Finley program and spur interest in it. “We want to get more kids involved so they can experience the fun and excitement that comes with track and field,” he said. “It’s a great sport.”