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High Hopes for Windsor as States Near

Windsor — An increase in participation has Windsor High track and field coach Amber Morse thinking big things with the Vermont Principals Association state meet two weeks away.

The Yellowjackets will enter the Division II championship at Fair Haven Union High School on June 1 as defending boys titleholders, earned last year with only a half-dozen athletes scoring the bulk of the points. What has Morse even more hopeful is the girls, who scored just seven points at states last year but who delivered a bumper crop of freshmen — not to mention greater numbers — to raise Windsor’s potential.

“It’s strange: Our boys numbers are small, but we have a nice history,” Morse said last week. “Since I started here, the boys team has always been small, but always full of very talented, athletic kids. The same this year. We do a good job of getting kids into as many events as possible and being able to pull points in as many events as possible. …

“The real pleasant surprise for me has been the girls side: Bigger numbers, and more of those athletic kids, especially in our throws. I think, right now, we have three girls that will probably place in shot and disc. We have two vaulters; we’ve got two high jumpers, hurdles. We just have a lot more girls across the events than I’ve had in years past.”

Of the 45 varsity participants, about half will qualify for states. Luke TanCreti, Leo Patenaude and Quincey Smith are the primarily holdovers from last year’s champs who are expected to keep the Windsor boys competitive again.

Freshman Katey Comstock has already broken three school throwing marks for the girls, but she isn’t the only likely contributor. Fellow freshmen Maddie Morse, Gabbi Davidson and Kylie Borque have shown promise, as has junior Elizabeth McCabe. The girls were a respectable eighth out of 18 scoring schools at the May 11 Slater Invitational at Fair Haven Union High School.

As was the case last June, the Jacks’ hopes lie in field events and relay depth to counter limited sprint and middle-distance talent.

“I think both of our teams can vie for top three,” Morse predicted. “If we can keep the kids – the full complement – healthy, I think that we’re going to have a very successful state meet.”

— Greg Fennell