WHS boys’ track and field team seemingly unstoppable

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., May. 10, 2012
Senior captain Ben Compton takes the hurdles in stride for Windsor in a recent meet with South Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Senior captain Ben Compton takes the hurdles in stride for Windsor in a recent meet with South Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

The 2012 Windsor High School boys’ track and field team has some big running shoes to fill. Following last season’s 6-2 Class L state championship team cannot be easy, but coach Kelvan Kearse and assistants Joe Binach and Donovan Rodriguez are doing everything in their power to assure a repeat, and much more.

“The team goal is to win the conference, state and state open championships,” Kearse said. “Each team member has a goal to qualify for the state class meet, but most importantly each team member is expected to continually improve throughout the season. Additionally several team members have goals to qualify for the New England and national championships,” he said.

This season’s captains - Derek Gaudet, Daniel Jamison, Kymm Gordon, Ben Compton, Dwight Meggie and Wil Nelson - are leading their teammates in what is proving to be another exemplary season for Windsor.

“I expect big performances from every member of the team. Although the term ‘big’ is relative to each athlete's individual ability, our overall philosophy is giving 100 percent and a little bit more,” Kearse said. “Our team goals far outweigh any individual goals or performances no matter how great. I will acknowledge, however, that I am expecting several athletes to compete for individual state championships.”

On the state level, Kearse anticipates Windsor’s relay teams to compete for points, as well their sprinters, jumpers, pole-vaulters and throwers. “I believe we have a very complete team and I am confident that the majority will meet our goal of qualifying for the state tournament,” he said.

Kearse’s pride in his athletes’ commitment to the team is apparent. “The team work ethic and work effort are our greatest strengths. Everything we do is predicated on how hard and how well we work. The team as a whole is committed to doing the work necessary to succeed,” he said.

The New York Relays held April 21 at Ichan Stadium provided Windsor the opportunity to match up against teams in the tri-state area. “Many of the competitors were perennial track powers that dominate on the regional and national stage. We performed very well, earning second overall in the 200m (Daniel Jamison), second overall in the 4X100m relay (Jamison, Sherrod Peay, Kahlin Bolden, Brian Sappleton), thirrd overall in the shot put relay (Ben Compton, Michael Joseph), fifth in the long jump relay (Kwency Crittenden, Dialo Felicien), fifth in the triple jump relay (Crittenden, Peay).” With the exception of the 4X400 relay, where Windsor suffered an injury, the team placed in the top six in every event entered.

A full schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.

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