COACH: Bryan Horn.
LAST YEAR: The team sent nine boys and two girls to the state competition and Horn said the team is looking to get back the Tri-Valley Conference title this year.
“We had an exceptional year, though not as many kids went to state as we wanted,” Horn said.
KEY PLAYERS: Horn said key players on this year’s team include his seniors, who are: Serena Alvarado, Sydney Baker, Tanner Baum, Kylee Bentz, Ally Bronson, Noelle Geuke, Will Dressor, Victorria Faatz, Colton Johnson, Jacob Stone, Jacob Peck, Dillon Starck, Amanda Bryant, Brandon King, Ben Leitz, Asiza Lucas, Anthony Lui, Zane Wagner and Meaghan Tufts.
Other key players on the team include sophomore Janae Schiel, freshman Brittany Robertson, junior Karissa Porterfield and junior Haleigh Terwilliger.
DID YOU KNOW: “Each event, whether it’s the 100, 200, or a throwing event — each one takes only the top-eight teams to state, which is a little bit different than most sports,” Horn said. “It also makes qualifying for state difficult because the target moves every year.”
HORN’S COMMENTS: Junior Noah Winick suffered a season-ending ACL blowout during the football season last year, but has recovered to the point where he’s running some of the fastest times on the team.
“It’s an exciting place to be,” Horn said. “It’s part of his spirit. He said he was going to run for the Windsor Invite and sure enough, he’s out here and ready to go. I’m more than proud of him.”
He said the conference is shaping up to be medium-to-hard in difficulty, and Horn said he’s interested to see how Windsor performs against some of the other teams, including Erie, Roosevelt and Berthoud.
“We have a strong group of seniors that will help lead this team to many meet victories,” Horn said. “This year the team looks to take a couple of relays and many individual events and start building a new tradition of excellence in Windsor track and field.”
SEASON OUTLOOK: Horn said the track team has grown to nearly 100 kids after hovering around 70 kids for the past couple of years, adding depth to the team.
“This year’s looking wonderful,” Horn said. “I’m excited to pull up in two buses.”
He said his ultimate goal this year is to take more kids to state, but a “side goal” is to win the Tri Valley Conference title.
“It’s doable and we have the personnel to do it,” he said. “We just haven’t had a team come together yet. With 70 kids we haven’t had a lot of depth, so I’m hoping with a full, complete team we can win the conference.”