Michael Etheredge II
He started the birth of Golden Elite SSGT Michael Ehteredge II. Michael “Lil Mike” has been in the Air Force for nine years and is an Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT) which is, in a nutshell, a 1 man hospital stationed at Mountain Home AFB Idaho. Mikes currently attending American Military University majoring in Social Science and his goals going forward is to finish up school and apply to the US Armed Forces medical school. Mike says “Track helped me in a few different ways but primarily by exposing me to the concept of self-competition. I learned that you cannot always be the top or in a position where someone else is going to push you or set a path for you so you have to set your path for yourself”.
Congrats to Golden Elite Alumni athlete and Tate High graduate Richard Whatley for being accepted to Cowley College in Kansas on a cross country scholarship where he will major in Pre-Law. Richard runs 400M, 800M, 1500M, Mile, 4X4, 4X8, and participates in local 5K races. We are so proud of you!!!
Golden Elite Alumni shout out goes to Jada Whitaker. Last week Jada was promoted to the rank of LS2 with the United States Navy. Jada has been enlisted since November of 2017. During her time with Golden Elite, she was a shot put, discus, and javelin thrower. We are so proud of all the accomplishments you’re making.
Jaylen is a Navarre High graduate who is currently attending the University of North Florida where he is majoring in Sports Medicine. Jaylen plans to transfer to the University of South Florida to continue track and field aspirations. Jaylen currently participates in Open division in the 100M and 200M. Continue to do great things, young man!
One of Golden Elite’s original members attended the University of Central Florida on a full-ride track and field scholarship where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. While in college she competed in the 100M and 200M hurdles. When asked how eld track and field has helped her in life she responded
“Track has helped me in life by instilling the willpower to always overcome my obstacles. By running track I grew to learn that workouts hurt but the pain is temporary. Same with life. We will go through pain and heartache but it’s temporary and it will only make you stronger.
Before any race or obstacle in life, I always reminded myself of
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me! “.
Golden Elite Alumni and Tate graduate Joey Zayszly, is attending the University of South Alabama and majoring in Exercise Science. He is currently competing in both the decathlon and 400M. Zayszly was asked What has track taught him for life? “Track has taught me many things to prepare me for life. But I’d say accountability is the most important. Track is an individual sport so you are responsible for your performance. If you don’t put the work in you won’t get any results!”
Golden Elite alumni Jalynne Whitaker is currently attending the University of North Florida where she is majoring in nursing. Jalynne competed in the 400M and long jump while with Golden Elite which made her very competitive and allowed her to attend state two years in a row in weightlifting and captain of the cheerleading team. Jalynne graduated from Pine Forest High with at 4.5 GPA and is on the Pine Forest Wall of Fame.