The Windham Middle School indoor track season takes place from mid-February to March. Coach Phil Jackson along with help from Jarrod Fournier, head girls’ coach and Ben Stults, the assistant coach for both teams, work with the 105 member team.
“So far the boys are two and seven and the girls are two and seven as well. Points wise, the junior (Grade 6 division) has scored a lot of points and really helped the team out point wise. We've done very well in the middle distance races like the 440. We've had some good performances in the mile as well. This year, we have double the hurdlers that we have had in years past,” said Jackson.
Jackson had this to say about the size of his team. “This is the largest team we have had in a few years. We have 105 kids this year and last year's team had about 70 kids. I think the reason we have such large numbers this year is many of these kids have come up through the summer track program and are familiar with track and have found events that they really like. I think a lot of kids who have done track have talked to other kids to get them interested in joining. Track is different in that while it is a team sport, it is also very individual in that there are a variety of events for kids to compete in. It is our goal to provide a program that instructs in fundamentals and develops interest in the sport for years to come for these kids.”
The meets are held at the Portland Expo on Saturdays in the late morning/early afternoon. The team has one more regular season meet this Saturday and the end of the season championship after that.
In the mile: Wyatt Yost, Brooke Phillips and Zach Moulton
1000: Jaren Preston
600: Anna Foster and Sierra Guite
440: Connor Abbotoni, Mason Marquis, Sam Cole, Max Lauzier, Zavier Cummings, Dean Preston, Hannah Langstaff
300: Madhuri Leslie, Maggie Symonds, Callean Frechette and Sidney McKeen
240: Grady Bilodeau, Noah Hall
150: Emma Gallant, Richie Graham, Josh Mora, Ben Elliot, Owen Flibbert , Rachel Frost and Madylan Briggs
40: Emma Gallant, Josh Mora, Richie Graham, Rachel Frost, Abigail Clinch, Morgan Proulx, Madylan Briggs and Seth Wall
Hurdles: Sam Preston and Gracie McNally
Shot Put: Brady Jackson, Matt Paradis, Grant Jacobson, Georgia Reed, Grace Sawyer
High Jump: Logan Emerson