Player of the Week: Kelsey Winslow

By Wayne E. Rivet

Staff Writer

Kelsey Winslow was willing to try new things this track and field season, and she discovered what Lake Region Coaches Dana Caron and Mark Snow believed from the beginning — that she can be one of those athletes who can thrive at high levels in many disciplines.

Kelsey learned at least four new events this season to help the Lakers maximize points at the championship meets. She placed in all four of her events (including the hurdles and javelin) at the Western Maine Conference championships, and placed in three events at the state championship held last weekend. Kelsey was also a member of the school record 4x400m relay team.

“Kelsey is a superb student-athlete. She attains high marks in the classroom and performs at the highest level on the track and in the field,” Coach Snow said. “Kelsey is often smiling and a pleasure to be around, yet still focused on improving in her events at practice. I’m amazed and extremely happy for how well she took on her new events and excelled in them.”

Coach Caron added, “I am very sure that Kelsey’s newfound success on the track will only help her throwing events. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a coach to Kelsey these last three years, and look forward to the possibilities that next season will bring.”

In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Kelsey is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

The Winslow File

Name: Kelsey Winslow

Year in School: Junior

Town: Naples

Parents: Felicia and Todd Winslow

School Activities/Sports: Basketball, track & field, volleyball, National Honor Society, Varsity Club and Natural Helpers

Q. Why did you choose track and field? KW. To stay in shape.

Q. What did you hope to accomplish this season? KW. To beat and set new personal records in all of my events.

Q. What do you enjoy the most? KW. Seeing my personal improvement throughout the season.

Q. What do you like the least? KW. Having to perform in poor weather conditions.

Q. What makes you successful? KW. Being disciplined and focused on what I want to accomplish.

Q. What would your dream moment be? KW. Coming in first place in one of my events at the state meet.

Q. What has track and field taught you? KW. Track has taught me an appreciation for a new sport because I originally joined the team to stay in shape, but then discovered I actually enjoy it.

Q. Who has inspired you? KW. My coaches inspired me because they saw my potential in certain events that I originally didn’t feel comfortable with. Their faith and encouragement propelled me to attempt events that I ordinarily wouldn’t have. Their guidance helped me to achieve goals I had set for myself.

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