MBHS Athletes of the Month — November 2023

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

December 14, 2023

Eli Waldman, junior, is the No. 2 runner on the varsity Morro Bay High School Cross Country Team. Photo submitted

The Morro Bay Athletic Boosters would like to announce that the Student/Athlete of the Month of November all come from our Cross Country Team! These athletes have exhibited excellent character as well as tremendous athleticism as they represent our school! 

“Congratulations to Otis Kelly, Noleena Fahy, and Eli Waldman!” the Booster’s said in the announcement. 

First year Cross Country Head Coach, Jennifer Frere led the Lady Pirates to an Ocean League Championship, and both the boys and girls individual league titles.

“Otis [Kelly],” the coach said, “has consistently been our No. 1 Varsity runner throughout the season. He won the Ocean League Finals Meet this year and led the team to a second place finish.”

The senior and local native son, “leads with a positive attitude and is a great role model for our younger runners,” Coach Frere said. “He has a strong work ethic, is willing to push through hard workouts and does what he needs to excel in distance running. He is also a talented cyclist and triathlete with a love for endurance sports.”

Kelly is planning to continue running in college, the coach added. “We can’t wait to see what his future in athletics holds.” At the recently run State Meet, Kelly finished 26th.

“Noleena [Fahy],” the coach said, “has run all four of her years at MBHS. She is committed to distance running and has been making solid gains this season. She has been a wonderful leader to our freshmen, helping them navigate practices and meets.”

Fahy finished ninth at the CIF Meet last year, “and will be a strong contributor to the team’s performance this year as well. Noleena is also an exceptional AP science student who participated in the Cal Poly Chemistry — MBHS internship project last summer.” Fahy is a senior.

The third Athlete of the Month is a junior. “Eli [Waldman] has been a consistent leader and our No. 2 runner on the varsity team. He has made drastic improvements in his course times this year, which is due to his consistent training and challenging himself in every workout. He has the potential to do even more, and we are looking forward to him leading the team as a strong senior next year. Eli is well positioned to run fast in the postseason and track this Spring.”

The MBHS Athletic Boosters Club is a non-profit organization supporting all Junior Varsity and Varsity athletics at Morro Bay High School. The Boosters meet regularly and hold a number of volunteer fund-raising events throughout the year.

Estero Bay News congratulates the November 2023 Athletes of the Month.

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