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By Gretchen McPherson
Ledger Staff 

Jay track named in honor of 'Mac'

School names track in honor of long-term Jay track and field coach


April 20, 2023

Gretchen McPherson

Kevin Jordan, left, and Benji West, right join Coach Mac at dedication

Last Thursday, Jay High School alumni, former teachers, former students and many members of the jay community gathered at the school's gym to honor retired track and field coach James "Mac" David McDaniel by naming the school's track after him.

McDaniel taught 42 years, starting in 1961. In 1968, he transferred to Munson High School, where he coached baseball, basketball and began the track program his first year. He helped construct a 440-yard clay track at Munson and was there for four years. In 1971, he transferred to Jay High School, where he was the assistant football coach and varsity...

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