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March 15, 2014
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Windsor boys fifth, girls sixth at invite

WINDSOR — Windsor senior Amanda Bryant is battling on the track right now.

On Saturday, she wasn’t alone.

The Windsor Invitational featured a strong field of 21 teams, including the host Wizards, who were opening their track & field season.

But, even with so much talent at H.J. Dudley Field, the athletes weren’t about to overshadow weather.

Despite the rough conditions, Windsor placed fifth in the boys standings, with 59 points, while the girls placed sixth (55).

Fort Collins won the boys (115) and girls title (185.33).

Bryant and a slew of other athletes battled temperatures in the 40s, as well as winds approaching 40 mph.

“Even watching the (Class) 5A throwers, they were even having difficulty,” Bryant said. “So, (the weather) was a factor. But, I think it also just helps you get acclimated to different types of weather. So, it’s good to have this at the beginning of the season instead of the end.”

In Bryant’s case, the wind wasn’t the only obstacle.

Bryant — normally a thrower — ran the girls 400 (30th place; 1 minute, 25.67 seconds) with a brace on her surgically repaired right wrist as she recovers from a torn ligament and a cyst that had developed gradually from playing sports.

“So, I’ve been throwing left handed,” said Bryant, who also plays softball. “It’s been interesting. It’s been a lot of fun though, just seeing how my body works. It really wasn’t that hard to get my technique down. It’s just about getting the power behind it now.”

Bryant will revisit her doctor on March 24, at which time she hopes to be cleared to start using her right wrist again.

The less-than-ideal elements may have wrecked havoc on times, heights and distances, but they didn’t stop Windsor’s massive team of more than 100 from representing in their home venue.

“This was a success for them,” Wizards coach Bryan Horn said. “Everyone had really great individual performances, and a lot of people are coming back from injury. ... We have a lot of people coming back, getting back into (a rhythm), trying to run again. So, it was a good day.”

Horn said the manner in which his athletes battled through the conditions reveals plenty about their character.

“I think today, they earned more heart than they did a good time,” he said. “It shows the heart of your team. It tells me what kind of people are going to come out here and run for us.”

Windsor senior Brandon King aided the Wizards’ strong effort by contributing to Windsor’s sixth-place finish in the boys 800-meter relay.

King ran second — after Luke Desmond and before Wil Dressor and Jesse Widdell — as the Wizards recorded a time of 1:38.89.

Fort Collins took first in the event with a time of 1:36.93.

Despite Windsor’s strong performance, King said running against the wind was no easy task.

King added that he was determined to not let the conditions get in his head, knowing everyone at the meet had to deal with them.

“We just tried not to let it get to us,” said King, who also placed fourth (20 feet, 3.75 inches) in long jump. “It was a factor, but it wasn’t the biggest thing in the world. It’s just one really crappy day in between a bunch of nice days. So, it’s just a challenge you’ve got to fight through”

Nonetheless, King said he and his teammates weren’t going to allow the conditions to put a damper on the Wizards’ one chance this season to compete on their home track.

“It’s our home meet, so it’s awesome to put on,” he said. “We try to get as many teams as we can here, and obviously we had some good teams here. ... We were just trying to put on a good show for everyone.”


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