The Varsity Track & Field Team competes as part of the Massachusetts Bay Independent League (MBIL).
Co-ed Varsity Track & Field Roster
|71||Noah DeJesus - Captain||Senior||Saugus||Javelin, 800m, 1500m, 3,000m, Mile, 4x400m|
|73||Evan Ray||Senior||Danvers||Long Jump, High Jump, 200m, 400m, 300m Intermediate hurdles, 4x100m|
|75||Mari Walters - Captain||Senior||Hamilton||Javelin, 400m, 4x100m|
|76||Liza Minogue||Junior||Hamilton||Long Jump, 100m, 200m, 4x100m|
|78||Solomon Ngethe||Junior||North Reading|
|79||Lukas Badaro||Sophomore||Rowley||High Jump, 200m, 400m|
|82||Nicolas DeJesus||Sophomore||Saugus||Triple-jump, Discus, Mile, 4x400m|
|84||Evie Hammond||Sophomore||Beverly||Shot Put, 100m Hurdles|
|85||Anne Hammond||Sophomore||Beverly||Long Jump, Discus, 100m, 4x400m|
|86||Anna Jukanovich||Sophomore||Wenham||Long Jump, 4x100m, 4x400m|
|87||Ellie Landymore||Sophomore||Wenham||Discus, Javelin, 100m|
|88||Jacob Libby||Sophomore||Georgetown||Javelin, 4x100m, 4x400m|
|89||Magdaline Miller||Sophomore||Beverly||Triple-jump, High Jump, 800m, 4x400m|
|92||Isaac Portugal||Sophomore||Peabody||Discus, 100m, 300H, 4x400|
|93||Amelia Pound||Sophomore||Beverly||Discus, 100m Hurdles, 200m|
|95||Julia Ray||Sophomore||Danvers||High Jump, 800m, 4x400m|
|96||Carys Walters||Sophomore||Hamilton||Discus, Shot Put, 100m, 4x100m|
|97||Shirley Whitmore||Sophomore||North Reading|
Co-ed Varsity Track & Field Records
|Event||Record||Name||Meet Location||Meet Date||wdt_ID|
|Long Jump - Boys||19' 6"||Evan Ray '23||Gordon College||05/21/2022||1|
|Long Jump - Girls||15'7"||Anna Jukanovich '25||Concord Academy||04/29/2023||2|
|Shot Put - Boys||20'||Alex Zessis '24||Austin Prep||04/09/2022||4|
|Shot Put - Girls||17' 10"||Carys Walters '25||Austin Prep||04/09/2022||5|
|Discus - Boys||68' 6"||Gabe Beckwith '23||Concord Academy||04/30/2022||6|
|Discus - Girls||66' 7"||Anne Hammond '25||Concord Academy||04/30/2022||7|
|Javelin - Boys||85' 6"||Gabe Beckwith||Gordon College||05/21/2022||8|
|Javelin - Girls||59' 10"||Mari Walters '23||Gordon College||05/21/2022||9|
|100 m - Boys||11.82||Riyan Goel '23||Gordon College||05/21/2021||10|
|100 m - Girls||13.44||Liza Minogue '24||Notre Dame Academy||05/15/2021||11|
|200 m - Boys||24.51||Jacob Libby '25||Gordon College||05/21/2022||12|
|200 m - Girls||27.76||Liza Minogue '24||Notre Dame Academy||05/08/2021||13|
|400 m - Boys||57.53||Evan Ray '23||Notre Dame Academy||05/15/2021||14|
|400 m - Girls||66.55||Mari Walters '23||Gordon College||05/21/2022||15|
|800 m - Boys||2:19.33||Noah DeJesus||Gordon College||05/21/2022||16|
|800 m - Girls||2:33.5||Magdalen Miller '25||Austin Prep||04/09/2022||17|
|1500 m - Boys||5:13||Noah DeJesus '23||Notre Dame Academy||05/08/2021||18|
|1500 m - Girls||4:59||Abby Beville '23||Gordon College||05/21/2021||19|
|3000 m - Boys||10:41.47||Jacob Beckwith '22||Gordon College||05/21/2022||20|
|3000 m - Girls||21|
|110 m HH - Boys||24.8||Tim Soria '24||Concord Academy||04/30/2022||22|
|100 m HH - Girls||18.68||Amelia Pound '25||Gordon College||05/21/2022||23|
|300 m IH - Boys||51.6||Evan Ray '23||Notre Dame Academy||05/15/2021||24|
|300 m IH - Girls||52.91||Amelia Pound '25||Gordon College||05/21/2022||25|
|4 x 100 m Relay - Boys||46.73||Hall, Ray, Thomas, Libby||Gordon College||05/21/2022||26|
|4 x 100 m Relay - Girls||54.63||Jukanovich, C. Walters, M. Walters, Whitmore||Gordon College||05/21/2022||27|
|4 x 400 m Relay - Boys||3:53.89||J. Beckwith, Ray, No. DeJesus, Libby||Gordon College||05/21/2022||28|
|4 x 400 m Relay - Girls||4:36.3||A. Beville, A. Hammond, Jukanovich, Miller||Concord Academy||04/30/2022||29|
|Triple Jump - Girls||31' 5"||Magdalen Miller '25||Austin Prep||04/09/2022||30|
|Triple Jump - Boys||32' 7.5"||Nicolas DeJesus '25||Gordon College||05/21/2022||31|
|High Jump - Girls||4' 4"||Magdalen Miller '25, Julia Ray '25||Austin Prep||04/09/2022||32|
|High Jump - Boys||5' 6"||Evan Ray '23||Gordon College||05/21/2022||33|
|Mile - Boys||5:25.3||Noah DeJesus '23||Austin Prep||04/09/2022||34|
|Mile - Girls||35|
|Event||Record||Name||Meet Location||Meet Date|
Meet the Coaches
Covenant Christian Academy Track and Field Coaches
“When we run, jump and throw, we feel His pleasure.” —Chariots of Fire
Meirwyn Walters, Varsity Head Coach
An accomplished Masters sprinter, Mr. Walters currently competes in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. Most recently Mr. Walters anchored his 4x400m relay team to the M55 World Record at the 2022 Millrose Games in New York City. He was a silver medalist in the 400m at the USATF National Masters Indoor Championships (2018) and a bronze medalist at the USATF National Masters Outdoor Championships (2019). In the 4x200m relay, he and his teammates won a silver medal at the USATF National Masters Indoor Championships (2014). Mr. Walters is a certified USATF Track and Field coach.
Married to Nina, he is father to CCA students Mari (11th) and Carys (9th), both competitors on the Varsity Track and Field Team, and Davey, a junior at Hobart College.
Favorite verse: “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8
Jonathan Garcia, Varsity: Hurdles, Jumps
Coach Garcia is a three-time collegiate national champion and a six-time NCAA Division III All-America. He won national championships in three consecutive years, taking the 55m hurdles indoors in 2006, the 110m hurdles outdoors in 2007 and in his final race for the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs, won the 55m hurdles indoors in 2008. Mr. Garcia appeared in seven NCAA championship races throughout his indoor and outdoor track career. He has competed in the high jump, long jump, triple jump, 100m, 200m, 400m hurdles, 110m hurdles, and the decathlon at the high school and collegiate level.
As a college senior, Mr. Garcia earned the prestigious New England Division III Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year. He is the current UMass Dartmouth school record holder for the 110m high hurdles and was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
Mr. Garcia was the assistant coach for jumps and hurdles at UMass Dartmouth (2008-2009). From 2011-2014, he joined the Stoneham High School Varsity T&F team as an assistant track coach. During his time there, the program grew from 25 to 75 athletes and went on to win both the Class D State Championships and the Class D State Relay Championships. In just his first year of coaching, Mr. Garcia helped turn 9 student athletes into Middlesex League All-Stars and States Qualifiers, and each year he coached he consistently had the top 3 hurdlers in the Middlesex League with at least one of his hurdlers ranked in the top 8 in Massachusetts.
Mr. Garcia’s greatest passion is having the opportunity to instill in his athletes the life skills born on the practice field that foster personal responsibility, accountability, leadership skills, camaraderie, character, and applied excellence. With his wife Amanda, he is the proud father of their son, a first grader at CCA, and 2-year-old daughter.
Favorite verse: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” –Hebrews 12:1.
Peter Pound, Varsity: Hurdles, Jumps
Coach Pound competed for Oxford University (UK), McGill University, and ACS Hillingdon (UK). At Oxford, he was the winner of the Oxford-Cambridge 110m hurdles (1998). He achieved the distinction of being awarded Varsity Blue, “the highest honor granted to individual sportspeople at the University of Oxford.” At McGill, Mr. Pound competed in the 55m hurdles, high jump, and 4x200m and twice qualified for the Canadian collegiate national championships (CIAU).
During his high school years, he was the European ISST champion in 110m hurdles for multiple years and also competed and medaled in 400m hurdles, high jump, 4x100m, and 4x400m. He continues to hold his high school high jump record (1993) with a height of 6’4”.
An avid squash player, Mr. Pound has also coached youth hockey (cross-ice, Mite, Squirt, Pee-Wee, and Bantam levels) since 2010, and has been the coordinator of Beverly Youth (BYH) hockey Learn-to-Skate program since 2016. Married to Kerry, he is father to CCA student Amelia (14) and also Charlie (16), Francis (8), and William (10).
Favorite verse: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” — Matthew. 25:21
Anna Johnson, Varsity: Distance
Coach Johnson has been running long distance for over 11 years. She competed in Cross Country and Track at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, where she qualified individually for the DIII Cross Country National Championships her freshman year. Coach Johnson also has All-Conference, All-Region, USTFCCCA All-Academic, and Academic-All Conference awards. She was voted captain of the Bethel cross country team (3 years) and track team (1 year), and holds the school record in the indoor track Distance Medley Relay. The highlight of her high school career was competing on the state champion 4x800m relay team.
Currently, she enjoys training for half marathons.
Coach Johnson has a huge passion for helping the next generation develop their athletic abilities, discover the joys of running, and glorify God through athletics. She and her husband, Brady, currently reside in Rockport, MA.
Favorite verse: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Steve French, Varsity: Throws
As a former member of the Gordon College Track and Field team, Coach French capped off his final senior season by carving his name into the Gordon College record book in February of 2022 after launching a record-breaking shot put of 13.34 m (43’8″).
Coach French completed an undergraduate degree in recreation, sport, and wellness from Gordon College in 2022.