Track and Field

All-in approach lifts Kai Muniz to Howard County indoor track and field boys Athlete of the Year

All-in approach lifts Kai Muniz to Howard County indoor track and field boys Athlete of the Year

Thinking back to Kai Muniz’s freshman year, Reservoir track and field coach Phil Rogers remembers the young athlete’s ambition. He recalls that desire to succeed. He calls to mind how Muniz came in with natural speed and developed leg strength.

All of these first impressions stayed with Rogers as Muniz emerged as one of the top middle-distance runners in the state. However, it was his competitive background that stood out to Rogers the most.

Muniz was, as Rogers called it, a “very high-intensity martial artist,” and that description checked out. He competed at USA Karate Nationals and won — twice — for the weapons portion. In the sparring part of the event, he secured second...

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