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Faith pays off at provincials for Langley's Windsor

Walnut Grove Gators’ Ashley Windsor won two gold and two silver medals at the B.C. high school provincial track and field championships at Swangard Stadium over the weekend. She was also named the most outstanding female performer at the meet.  - Miranda Gathercole/Langley Times
Walnut Grove Gators’ Ashley Windsor won two gold and two silver medals at the B.C. high school provincial track and field championships at Swangard Stadium over the weekend. She was also named the most outstanding female performer at the meet.
— image credit: Miranda Gathercole/Langley Times

Ashley Windsor capped off her high school track and field career in style, winning two gold medals and two silver medals while also being named the most outstanding female performer at the B.C.  provincial high school track and field championships.

“I couldn’t ask for a better end,” she said. “To have this happen, is too good to be true.”

The meet was held Friday and Saturday at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium.

The Grade 12 student — who is off to California Poly Technical State University next year on scholarship — also helped the Walnut Grove Gators win the senior girls’ provincial title with 71.5 points, 11.5 ahead of traditional powerhouse Oak Bay (see story below).

Windsor won gold in the 3000m in a time of 10:03.40 and the 800m in 2:15.93.

She took silver in the 1500m race at 4:35.22, just behind South Kamloops’ Kala Stone, who won the event in 4:34.55.

And finally Windsor was part of the Gators’ silver-medal winning relay team in the 4x400 event.

She ran with Andrea Robinson, Meg Harradine and Danica Matson, while Dallas Tilley was the team’s spare, to a second-place finish, clocking in at 3:59.63, just under two seconds behind Oak Bay.

Windsor was unsure what to expect with her three individual events.

“Coming in, I didn’t know if doing those triple events was reasonable,” she admitted.

“I put a lot of faith into my training and went for it.”

The two gold medals she won go along nicely with the provincial championship she won back in the fall at the cross-country championships.

It also makes up for a frustrating Grade 11 season, which saw an injured ankle hamper her results.

Windsor’s only top 10 finish last year in an individual event was at the track and field championships was a fourth-place finish in the 800m.

But now fully healthy, she has dominated.

At the Fraser Valley championships last month, Windsor won three gold medals — in the 400, 800 and 1500m events — and was named the meet’s most inspirational athlete.

With her high school career now in the books, Windsor never envisioned a finish like this when she joined the Gators’ program in Grade 8.

“I was just happy to be a part of the school team,” she said.

“I didn’t expect it to end like this in Grade 12.”

Walnut Grove's Ashley Windsor (right) shares a hug with Mount Douglas' Katelyn Hayward after they finished one-two in the women's 3000m race at the BC high school track and field championships at Burnaby's Swangard Stadium.

Gord Goble

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