May 23, 2024

Round Lake Charter School Students Impress At Track & Field State Championships

1.3 min read| Published On: May 23rd, 2024|

By Kyle Coppola

Round Lake Charter School Students Impress At Track & Field State Championships

1.3 min read| Published On: May 23rd, 2024|

Round Lake Charter School students Brooke and Justin Stoneking are coming off an impressive year on the track & field scene. They just finished running with some of the best young runners in Florida at the Track & Field State Championships.

Brooke Stoneking is 10 years old and is finishing her 5th-grade year at Round Lake Charter which is located in Mount Dora. Brooke placed 15th in the 800 meter race and 11th in the 1500 meter race. Both are longer distance races, and that is a very respectable performance. Round Lake Charter Track & Field head coach Andy Douglas always does a great job at coaching these young athletes and it was great to see Round Lake Charter represented strongly by these two young runners.

(Brooke and Justin stand together at the FLYRA State Championships this past week.)

Brooke’s younger brother Justin Stoneking, who is only 8 years old and is in the 3rd grade, was able to finish 17th in the 800 meter race and 19th in the 1500 meter race. For such a young man to make States and compete at this level at just 8 years old is a terrific accomplishment.

Both students represented Lake County with pride and were very proud to represent RLC. Round Lake Charter has produced countless young athletes who have come through the program, and many have eventually competed at High Schools across Lake County.

(Brooke Stoneking running in yellow representing Round Lake Charter.)

“We are so proud of what these two have accomplished this year. They have a bright future in front of them,” says Jennifer Stoneking.

(Justin Stoneking at just 8 years old ran his heart out in the FLYRA State Championships.)

Brooke and Justin are now turning their attention to the Junior Olympics, which will be in August. They are two amazing young athletes, and we are so very proud of their accomplishments this season!

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About the Author: Kyle Coppola

Kyle Coppola was born in Newton, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications from Curry College in 2016. After traveling to Florida on a family vacation, he decided he could not get enough of the warm weather and made the move from snowy Massachusetts to central Florida 8 years ago.

For the last decade Kyle has gained valuable experience in social media content creation, marketing and sales, writing, video production, sports announcing and even broadcasting for local radio stations, such as FM 102.9 in The Villages and FM 91.5 in Massachusetts. Every year he volunteers at The Villages Charter High School as a play-by-play sports announcer for the football games as well as a public address announcer for the basketball games, including the annual Battle at The Villages Tournament.

Outside the office Kyle is a husband and father to two beautiful girls along with their cat. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family, travel, play golf and swim. He is also a huge sports junkie and even bigger motorsports fan and loves to attend racing events when he can.

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