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.
Galen Rebecca HamannAssistant CoachGalen Hamann returned to New England in the summer of 2020 after serving as the Assistant Head of School at Virginia Beach Friends School. Drawn to the strong sense of community at Thayer, she is focusing on the age she loves most: Middle School. Hamann, who earned a bachelor of science degree from Earlham College, began her career as a Middle School Spanish teacher, coach, and advisor at Friends Central School in Philadelphia. After earning her master’s degree in education from Saint Joseph’s University, she moved to Moses Brown School in Providence. During her 13-year tenure there, she served as the Director of Service Learning and Director of Friends Education; she also taught religion, developed and taught a medical ethics course, coached track and basketball, and served on both the wellness team and the administrative council. While working at Moses Brown, she completed a master of divinity degree at Harvard University, where she focused on spiritual care and became a board-certified healthcare chaplain. Hamann lives in Braintree with her wife Jayme and their three young children: son Jackson and twin girls Maya and Madeleine.
Carol-Ann SmithAssistant CoachCallie Smith has taught Latin at Thayer since 2015. Before coming to TA, 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 earned her Master's degree in Latin from University of Florida in 2020. In addition to teaching Latin at Thayer, Callie is a freshman co-dean and coaches basketball and track and field. 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.
Jeffrey BrowneAssistant Coach