Kelvan Kearse had a pretty good first season as the boys track and field coach at Windsor.

In about five months' time, the Warriors captured their first indoor Class L title and the State Open championship in outdoor track and field. 

Now, Kearse hopes to have an equally stirring follow-up with an almost entirely new cast of stars.

"I think at the end of the season we have the potential to be better than last year," Kearse said.  

After winning the Class L championship last season behind the performances of standout sprinter Daniel Jamieson and its relay teams, Kearse will turn the keys over to senior Brian Sappleton and a lot of talented but unproven athletes. And he's looking forward to it. 

"We're excited about where people are relative to where we were last year," Kearse said. "So we can predict where we're going. ... These guys are committed to working." 

Sappleton finished second in the 300 meters last season by 0.04 seconds to Jamieson with a time of 35.89. But this season he could be set for his own breakthrough year, much like Jamieson's.

Sappleton has the second-fastest returning time in the 300 meters in the state, behind Northwest Catholic's Jared Delane. Delane ran 35.74 last year in the State Open. For Windsor, the early season improvements are all based on a lot of offseason training and lifting most of the team has put in, hoping to beat their performances of previous years.

"It could be a pretty good year," Kearse said. "I wouldn't predict any titles [right now] because anything can happen but I will predict we will perform well.' 

Hartford's Team 

Capital Prep is set to keep making history. 

After finishing second in last year's Class S championship, the Trailblazers have their hopes set on moving up a spot. 

It would be the first title for the program, which is one of the smallest in the state. Capital Prep has just 100 boys in the school and has been a team for less than a decade. But that hasn't stopped the Trailblazers lately. 

Capital Prep finished second by one point to Bolton in the Class S championships in cross country and it expected to win. 

Led by Dhahran Velasquez, Devin Nelson and Kevin Rivera, Capital Prep is no longer an underdog in any competition.

New Face, New Hope

The restoration project continues at Manchester. 

After spending the last few years struggling to contend at the state level and get back to its status as a top tier program in league competition, the Indians have made another coaching change. 

Tom St. Laurent, who has worked with the team as assistant the last few years, is set to take over for Steve O'Reilly, who has moved to an assistant position. 

St. Laurent is the third new coach at the school in the last decade