WHS boys’ and girls’ track are CIAC Class L champs

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Jun. 23, 2011
The WHS All-State 4X4 team: Ashley Graves, Sydnee Over, Nastasya Rodriques and Brianna Allen. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
The WHS All-State 4X4 team: Ashley Graves, Sydnee Over, Nastasya Rodriques and Brianna Allen. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Capturing both the boys’ and girls’ track and field CIAC Class L championships, Warrior pride ran deep at Windsor High School this season.

“It is an extraordinary accomplishment to win the CIAC Class L boys’ and girls’ outdoor track and field state championships in the same season,” said Athletic Director Steve Risser. “I believe the honor these outstanding female and male student-athletes have bestowed upon their school and Windsor athletics goes far beyond the walls of Windsor High. Because of their recent post-season performances, Windsor High School is now recognized not just in the state of Connecticut, but in the entire New England region as one of the elite interscholastic track and field programs.”

In addition to the state title, girls’ track and field coach Ron Wilson led his team to an undefeated 7-0 season and CCC North conference championship. “The strength on our team was the relays. We were able to win all of the relays in the Class L and two firsts and a second in the open,” Wilson said. “Sydnee Over and Janae Wilson were individual standouts for us. Sydnee won Class L in the 400 and ran on two winning relays, and Janae won the long jump, took second in the triple jump and ran on a winning relay.”

Achieving excellence both on the field and in the classroom, several of the senior girls’ team members will be going on to college level competition. “Chalsea Clark, sprints, received a track scholarship to Delaware State University,” Wilson said. “Nastasya Rodriquez , middle distance, received a track scholarship to St John’s University. Brianna Allen, sprints, will be running at UConn. Ashley Graves, sprints and middle distance, will be running at Williams College.”

“I have a great group of underclassmen, and if they work on getting stronger during the off-season, I am expecting tremendous improvement from them,” Wilson said.

Boys’ coach Joe Bienasz and his squad finished the regular season at 6-1. “We had a large group of very dedicated student-athletes,” Bienasz said. “At the 30th Randy Smith Journal Inquirer Invitational the 4X100 team - Zachary Langs, Alex Smith, Daniel Jamieson and Sherrod Peay - broke the record at 43.49. Zachary Langs broke the record in both 110 hurdles (14.46) and 300 hurdles (38.45).”

Key standouts Langs, Tosin Edwards, Smith and Greg Andrades will continue competing at the college level.

“In 2012, I am looking forward to a continuation of this dedicated, cohesive and talented team,” Bienasz said.

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