Warriors work toward third straight state championship

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Jan. 10, 2013
Leading the 2012 Warriors are (l-r) Melissa Wolliston, Courtney Kearse, Appelonia Dawes, Shaina Blamahsah and Samantha Blake. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Leading the 2012 Warriors are (l-r) Melissa Wolliston, Courtney Kearse, Appelonia Dawes, Shaina Blamahsah and Samantha Blake. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Windsor High School girls' indoor track team has built itself into one of the premier track squads in the state, winning back-to-back Class L state championships. Behind another strong senior class, the Warriors are working hard to earn another coveted state title.

“I think we can three-peat, but it’s going to be tough,” said head coach Ronald Wilson. “Last year we beat Darien by one point and it may be tougher this year than last year. We’re going to have to really perform in some events, some athletes are going to have to come through that aren’t ready yet, but are developing.”

Wilson said that many teams in the state are further along in their training than them because they run cross-country, while the Warriors lift to get stronger, noting that whereas some teams are peaking right now, Windsor won’t peak until the end of the season.

Senior Samantha Blake placed third in the shot put during last year’s Class L state tournament, and Wilson expects her to win the event this year. Melissa Wolliston placed second in the 55-meter hurdles at the Class L championships, and the event is hers to lose this season, he said. Wolliston will also contend in the long jump.

Windsor excels in the sprints and relays, which are led by seniors Appelonia Dawes, Courtney Kearse and Shaina Blamahsah. The trio of seniors will contend for titles in the 300-, 600-, and 55-meter races, respectively. The seniors are also expected to bolster down the Warriors 4x200- and 4x400-meter teams. Juniors Jahzmin Cooper, Sharay Robinson and Danielle Milliner will also compete for spots on the relay and sprint teams. Cooper is expected to push Blamahsah in the 55-meter dash and may be the dark horse to win it.

Wilson said that this year’s freshman class may be one of the most, if not the most talented he has had in his 13 years as head coach of Windsor. Freshmen Sashana Hinds, Kenya Warner, Ericka Hightower and Alicia Wilkerson all will have opportunities in relays and medleys to prove they are ready for the big stage of the state tournament.

Sophomore Candice Johnson will compete for points in the 800-meter race and junior Zaria Walker is making strides in the high jump.


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