Windsor High School girls’ track team leads division

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., May. 3, 2012
Astryd Lewis takes the hurdles for Windsor in a meet against South Windsor.
Astryd Lewis takes the hurdles for Windsor in a meet against South Windsor.

In 2011, the undefeated (7-0) Windsor High School girls’ track team took home top honors, capturing the CIAC Class L championship and cementing its reputation as one of Connecticut’s top teams. This season, 12-year head coach Ron Wilson has his sights set on more of the same: “I would like to place in the top three teams at both the Class L and State Open championships,” he said.

“Our strength is always relays and our weakness is depth in the distance races,” Wilson said about this season’s team make-up. Assisted by coach Celeste Over and managers Ashley Jones, Alyssa Williams and Toneita Thomas, Wilson has every reason to be optimistic. A team of 55 young women, the Warriors are led by seniors Medinah Nabadukka (C), Sarah Whalen (C), Janae Wilson (C), Kandice Brown and Vanessa Harris.

“Vanessa, a 400m runner, is getting stronger and has great toughness. I expect great time from her in the 400m and relays,” the coach said. “Medinah ran a 2:14 in the 800m at the New York Relays on April 21, and I expect her to run faster. Janae, long jump and triple jump, had a great indoor season and should continue her success,” Wilson said.

In addition to the seniors, Wilson singled out juniors Samantha Blake, Courtney Kearse and Sydnee Over as athletes to watch. “Samantha, a shot put competitor, is committed to the weight room and is improving daily. She has thrown over 35 feet several times already this year and her potential is endless,” he said. Kearse is new to the 400m hurdles. “Courtney filled a much needed spot in the 300 hurdles and will be strong on the relays; she has been running great times,” the coach said. “Syndee’s training has been different,” he said of Over’s conditioning for the 400m. “I think it will really help her,” he added.

At the Irv Black Invitational on April 27, Windsor’s talent shone through, with several athletes placing strong including: sixth in the 100m, Sydnee Over,12.85; first in both the 800m (2:15.41) and 1600m (5:04.30), Medinah Nabadukka; sixth in the 100 hurdles, Astryd Lewis, 16.90; first in the 4X100m relay, Over, Kearse, Harris and Wilson, 50.31. “This was a good test because it let us see what the rest of the state has in each event,” Wilson said.

“This team is probably the most complete team we have ever had,” Wilson said. “We expect to compete well in the throws and we are developing pole-vaulters, which has always been a weakness.”

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