Boys' indoor track works to repeat as champs
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Jan. 3, 2013
The Windsor High School boys' indoor track team comes into the 2012 season with a large target painted on its back after winning the Class L state championship last year. The Warriors lost a lot of talent from last year’s squad, including state champions in the 300-meter, shot put, discus and long jump, as well as strong performers in the hurdles and high jump. It is hard to replace so much talent, but off-season workouts have put Windsor right in the thick of things for a state championship repeat.
“As the season goes on, our goal is to just get better; I am happy where we are right now,” said head coach Kelvan Kearse. “We have so many kids who have improved so much from last year. We do a pretty intensive off-season conditioning program where we focus on strength-building, creating explosive power and speed, and we can see the difference already and they can see the fruits of their labor.”
The Warriors will be led by a trio of All-Conference seniors: Kahlin Bolden, Sherrod Peay and Brian Sappleton. The trio is expected to anchor the team’s 4x200 meter team which shows off the team’s depth, with eight sprinters competing for six spots. Julio Media, Tikuan Johnson, Nick Charley, Julio Medina, Montrell Murphy and Rashad Ramsey round out the team. The combination of Bolden, Peay, Sappleton, Johnson, Medina and Charley recently beat the field by more than three seconds on their way to breaking the 4x200 meet record at the New Haven Invitational on Dec. 14.
Windsor expects Johnson to post top times in the 55-meter and 200-meter races. Johnson and Bolden will push each other in the 200-meter. Sappleton is expected to be a top performer in the 400-meter, while senior Rashad Ramsey may be the dark horse to finish near the top of the race.
The Warriors expect strong contributions from Roijay Hinds and Ben Morneualt in the 800-meter, and the two are expected to solidify the 4x800 team. Kearse expects Medina to be a top competitor for Windsor in the long jump, as is newcomer Joshua Walker in the high jump.