1966 Indoor State Championship Track Team

66trackAlthough small in numbers with no place to practice, the 1966 Windsor Locks High School Track Team overcame the odds to win a State Championship. The team, coached by the late Peter Sarant, was forced to practice in the school hallways and at a wooden outdoor track at the Wibraham/Monson Academy.  The state championship was the only meet that the team competed in that year.

The championship meet was held in Storrs, Connecticut. The Raiders were led by senior Roscoe Gray who won the 660 yard dash.  Junior Gary Morrell won the 300 yard dash.  Senior Rich Blevins came in 3rd in the long jump.  Junior Gordon Hamley placed second in 60 yard high hurdles.  They clinched the championship by placing second in the 880 yard relay.  The members of the relay team were Roscoe Gray, Gary Morrell, Gordon Hamley, and Dick Blevins.  The final score placed the Raiders only 1.5 points ahead of Ridgefield.

The core of the indoor track team led an outdoor track team that placed third in the State Outdoor Championship later that year.  Coach Sarant, a legend in local track circles, went on to develop a very successful track program in Windsor Locks, but was forever proud of his ’66 champions.  In 1966, Windsor Locks High School crowned two state champions– in baseball and in indoor track.  Given the obstacles the track team faced, their accomplishment was arguably the more remarkable of the two.

est 2005