Track & Field - MS
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/
Thomas ChiariHead CoachTom Chiari (P '22, P '22) has worked at Thayer since 1999. He teaches math and computer programming 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 to 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, KY and at the Lyceé Dubreka in Guinea, West Africa. He and his wife and kids live in Braintree and they spend their summers on Lake Champlain.
A lifelong West Roxbury resident, Paul McCarron left the technology field to pursue a more passion-oriented career. He started coaching at Thayer in 2016 as the Middle School cross country coach and assistant coach for the Upper School boys cross country team. He is also an assistant coach for Thayer's ski team and works at Marathon Sports.
Paul has coached and mentored marathoners and triathletes as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Team in Training" fundraising program. As a qualified and charity runner he has completed 18 consecutive Boston Marathons. He has run other marathons and completed triathlons from sprint distance up to Ironman. A non-profit volunteer, Paul utilizes endurance races as fundraising opportunities.
Carol-Ann SmithCallie Smith has taught Latin at Thayer since 2015. Before that she taught at independent schools in New England and Florida. Callie earned her Bachelor's degree in Latin and Classical civilizations from Wheaton College (MA), where she was also a member of the women's basketball team. She is studying in the Distance Classics Program at University of Florida, from which she is expecting to obtain her Master's degree in Latin in May of 2020. In addition to teaching Latin at Thayer, Callie coaches volleyball, basketball, and track and field. Callie also serves as a freshman co-dean. When not teaching, Callie is passionate about learning and traveling; she has studied and traveled extensively in the United States, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, and Peru. Highlights of her study abroad include spending a summer in Greece studying Minoan and Mycenaean cultures, walking over 300 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, and spending two months speaking only Latin and ancient Greek while living in a villa just outside of Rome.