Middle School Track & Field became an interscholastic sport in the spring of 2017. We compete in nine different events (six track events and three field events): 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m relay, shot put, long jump, and high jump. We usually have about five meets during a season, and we have a tradition of celebrating personal records.
Middle School teams are more developmental in nature and playing on a team offers not only a chance to enjoy the sport, but also a valuable participatory experience for each athlete. This applies to all team members from standouts to substitutes who play a supporting role. In keeping with the Thayer philosophy that athletics are an integral part of a student’s curriculum, students should plan their participation with the help of their advisors – this discussion will help everyone gain a better understanding of each child’s overall school program. All Middle School participants are expected to receive fairly equal playing time over the course of the entire season. All team information is available via www.thayer.org/TeamSchedules.
Tom Chiari P '22 '22 has worked at Thayer since 1999. He teaches Math and Computer Science in the Upper School, and he is a 9th grade advisor. He is also the Academic Dean for the Upper School. He was an assistant coach of the Upper School track & field team for his first 17 years at Thayer before taking over as head coach of the Middle School team. Prior to coming to Thayer, Tom taught and coached at Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Lyceé Dubreka in Guinea, West Africa. He and his wife and kids live in Braintree, and they spend their summers on Lake Champlain.