Inexperienced cross-country team looks to improve times

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Wed., Sep. 26, 2012
The 2012 Windsor cross-country squad runs hills at practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.
The 2012 Windsor cross-country squad runs hills at practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The 2011 Windsor High School boys' cross-country team placed 17th at the Class L state tournament and finished the season with a 6-8 overall record, placing them in a tie for fifth place in the Central Connecticut Conference North division. The 2011 Windsor High School girls' cross-country team placed 18th at the Class L state tournament and finished the season with a 4-8 overall record, placing them in a three-way tie for fourth place in the CCC North division. The Warriors are looking to better their times in their tough division under the tutelage of first-year coach Celeste Over.

“As far as the girls are concerned, the team is young and a little inexperienced, so I am looking for every girl to improve from one meet to the next, which is happening,” Over said. “We have kids literally improving by minutes. The boys are doing really well; we have a young team and it’s a very tight pack. I hope the boys can get to states as a team and do well.”

The girls' cross-country team is led by senior captain Sydnee Over, who placed 15th at last year’s state tournament, finishing the race in 20 minutes and 32 seconds, good enough for a pace of 6:38 per mile. Over’s individual goal for her senior campaign is to earn All-State honors, which means earning a top-25 time at the state open. Sophomores Candice Johnson and Ayanna McDougald are expected to step up for the Warriors and run in the number-two and -three spots.

The boys' cross-country team, and the underclassmen in particular, will look to captain Dillon Vibes to lead by example and share his passion for running. The Warriors return their number-one runner from last season, sophomore Alex Cheney, who placed 26th at last year’s state tournament with a time of 17 minutes and 33 seconds, good enough for a 5:40 pace. The team will also receive strong contributions from sophomores Kevin Boudreau and Rajay Hinds.

“The strength of both of our teams is our youth. Once they get older, they will get even better and stronger,” Sydnee Over said. “We are working hard every day as a team to improve and better our times.”


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