By Kayla Ludovicy, Katie Fiore, Annie Lincoln – Sixth Graders at WVMS
Warwick Valley Middle School students have a really fun time running around the track and earning prizes at Mileage Club. Many students come on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays to run at the Tim Saint Lawrence track outside of the high school and middle school.
“It’s a pleasure working with so many enthusiastic runners! It certainly is amazing watching them progress and improve their attitudes and abilities. Most rewarding is witnessing these young runners mature into high school and college athletes,” said coach Mrs. Brady.
The club is held in the spring and fall. On the assigned dates, students in fifth through eighth grades come to the school cafeteria to meet up with fellow peers to walk and run outside on the track. Students get a card marked one through eight with each number representing one lap or a quarter of a mile. Once they complete eight laps, the finished card is hung on the school cafeteria walls, for all to see. At this time, students also earn a mini purple or gold foot figure on a necklace, each foot represents two miles ran around the track. A special thank to the middle school PTA for donating the necklaces and reward foot tokens.
The Mileage Club is not just for running. Some students prefer to run half and walk half, while others prefer to run or to walk the entire time. Many other high school and middle school students will be seen on the track that the two schools share. Some students will get two laps in, while others can get an outstanding count of eight or more.
The top fifth grade females are Ashley Fitzgerald, Kaitlyn Larney, Olivia Martino, and Charlotte Wendt, who all completed 34 laps, eight-and-a-half-miles. The top fifth grade male is Ryan Sullivan with 48 laps, 12 miles. The top sixth grade females are Natalie Evans and Siobhan Kelly, who ran 48 laps, 12 miles. The top sixth grade male is Tyler Desotle, who completed 14 1/4 miles or 57 laps.
This fall 121 students participated in the club, and 108 of the students were able to achieve eight laps. Together all of the participants completed 3,005 laps, which is 751 1/4 miles. Great job to all of the Mileage Club runners this fall!