4th year head coach Kelvan Kearse, of the Windsor Warriors Boys Track and Field team, can often be heard telling his athletes to “go be special.” They listened… turning in personal bests and delivering a 4th straight Class L title.
Blink, and you just might miss them. The Windsor Warriors are the fastest guys on the track for the fourth straight year.
“It’s kind of exciting, but we don’t think too much of it,” said Nathaniel Williams, junior captain. “We just want to go out there and keep winning championships because that’s all that we want, like this is our goal for the whole season.
“It doesn’t just happen,” said Kearse, Windor’s police captain. “I like to say everybody has fast kids, strong kids, quick kids, you know, but you have to do something to separate yourself and we think that for us it’s the way in which we work.”
The team works incredibly hard all year long for this moment. From summer workouts to winter indoor track, early morning training and late nights on the track, the team is preparing as one for the championship season. Last week, the team took home the CCC Title, and now the Windsor boys look to carry the momentum from today’s dominant performance to next week’s Open Championship. They haven’t held that title since 2012.
And if winning already isn’t tough enough, the Warriors compete this season with a chip on their shoulder.
“We’re actually in the shadows right now of the upperclassmen who left last year,” said Williams. “So, the whole state, they’re kind of doubting our skill level. This year, we’re trying to prove them wrong and prove that we actually have the heart, and the ability and the skills to go out there and perform and still win those championships that we have been for the past few years.”
Last year, the team set new state records in both the 4×100 meter and 4×400 meter relays, but this year’s dominance cannot be attributed to seniority. In fact, the Warriors have no seniors on their squad, which means they’re only going to get better.
“These guys compete every day. If you were to come to one of our practices, you would laugh, because they call each other out,” said Kearse. “Other teams may not do it, but we have our guys challenge each other for spots, especially with our coveted relay teams, because that is where we really contend at the national level.”
“Coach got a saying it’s like ‘100% and then a little bit more,’ said junior Rajay Hinds. “If you’re not giving that then you’re not going to be successful. So, we just got to keep pushing each other and like fight for spots, so everyone don’t feel comfortbale in a spot, because there is always somebody there coming for you, because everybody wants to shine.”
It’s that desire to shine by both competitors and teammates alike that has motivated this Warriors team to uphold its winning tradition.
“Dominant, we’re dominant,” said Kyshawn Bonner, a sophomore and first year runner. “This year we’re working on running fast times so next year we can work on shattering records. Our coach told us that there’s going to be a lot of people after us and we’re just going to have to keep on pushing through all of our injuries and win. Win, win, win!”
After all, these athletes have never lost…and they certainly don’t want to be the ones to break the streak.
Men - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored =============================================================================== 1) WINDSOR 136 2) DARIEN 87 3) FARMINGTON 65 4) WETHERSFIELD 40 5) NORWALK 36 6) WILTON 33 7) HALL 32 8) DANIEL HAND 31 9) BRISTOL CENTRAL 29 10) BRISTOL EASTERN 28 11) MIDDLETOWN 24 12) NORTH HAVEN 23 13) CROSBY 20 14) SOUTH WINDSOR 19 14) NEW MILFORD 19 16) WILBUR CROSS 11 16) HARTFORD PUBLIC 11 18) NOTRE DAME-WEST HAVEN 10 19) POMPERAUG 9 20) MALONEY 8 21) NEWINGTON 7 21) FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 7 23) PLATT 6 24) FAIRFIELD WARDE 5 25) KENNEDY 4 26) MASUK 1 26) NEW CANAAN 1
In girls action Tuesday, the Warriors will compete in the Class MM Finals, hoping to claim a fifth straight state title, their first in Class MM.