Relay key to WHS Class L track title
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Mar. 1, 2012
“We wanted to compete for the CCC and Class L Championship; we won both,” said first-year Windsor High School boys’ indoor track coach, Kelvan Kearse. With the help of coach Ron Wilson, Kearse and his team of 30 made 2012 a year for the record books, capturing both the CCC and Class L state title for the first time in school history.
In a division stacked with high-level competition, the Warriors extended practices and took part in multiple team-building pasta parties in preparation. “It really built cohesiveness and a sense of family,” Kearse said.
“There were individual athletes from all over the state that were competitive,” the coach said about the Warriors' opposition. “Darien gave us a challenge in the Class L and Glastonbury and Northwest Catholic in the CCC meet.”
In the CIAC Class L State Championships, held Feb. 13 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, Windsor took home top honors in multiple events. Senior Daniel Jamieson came away with first place in the 55-meter dash with a record time of 6.55, locking up 10 points for Windsor, and furthered the team's lead with a first-place finish in the 300-meter dash. Teammate Brian Sappleton finished second, contributing eight points toward Windsor’s total.
The 4x200 relay team of Jamieson, Sappleton, Kahlin Bolden, Dwight Meggie and Sherrod Peay furthered the team lead with a first-place finish, 10 points and an impressive time of 1:32:66.
Finishing fourth in the 4x400, Sappleton, Meggie, Oshady Daron, Kymm Gordon, Rashad Ramsey and Diallo Felicien brought in four points at 3:35:44. Terrell Huff, Roijay Hinds, Derek Gaudet, Patrick Sponzo, Winston Levy and Dillon Vibes contributed two points with a fifth-place finish in the 4x800 relay. In the final 1600 relay, Meggie, Sponzo, Peay, Bolden, Huff and Gordon placed fifth, contributing two points.
Senior Kwency Crittenden placed second in the long jump with a distance of 21-06.50 giving Windsor eight points and the clear win. Furthering the gap, senior Benjamin Compton took second in the shot put at 48-00.50, piling on eight points.
A full recap of Windsor’s season can be found at www.casciac.org.