For most graduating high school seniors the month of May is filled with farewells and big celebrations. However, the WC Boys Track Team has experienced one of the most difficult and challenging months of their lives. On May 23, senior classmate Dijon Anderson passed away after being critically injured during a shooting on May 6. In addition, junior Angel Meijia died after being fatally injured during the same incident. The deaths of both Dijon and Angel left a school and community devastated. However, the WC Boys Track Team and head coach Eric Smith wanted to turn this tragedy into a triumph while at the same time uplifting a community. On May 18, the Warriors turned in an impressive performance and easily won the Warren Central Boys Track Sectional. The following Thursday, on May 25, the Warriors turned in their best performance of the year and won a very competitive IHSAA Regional Championship, the 15th in school history.
At Friday's IHSAA State Finals, held at IU Bloomington, the Warriors wanted to dedicate the day to the memory of their senior classmate, Dijon Anderson, by carrying a flag bearing the #3. The Boys Track seniors definitley left it on the track starting with Michael Tutsie. Tutsie, defensive football teammate of Dijon Anderson, placed (5th) in the state in the 300m Hurdles. On the awards podium, Tutsie threw up the #3 in memory of his good friend Dijon. Also, senior Bryce Byrdsong placed (8th) in the 110m Hurdles and (9th) in the 300m Hurdles. Sophomore Jordan Hodge placed (7th) in the 200m Dash in a time of (21.98). The 4x100m Relay team of Brian Glenn, Jordan Hodge, Tyland Sheard and George Jackson placed (4th) in the state. Finally, the relay team of Jalen Andrews, Dallace Jones, Chris Gutierrez and Tutsie placed (8th) in the state in the 4x400m Relay. The Warriors performance placed them 10th overall at the IHSAA Boys Track State Finals.
Though the Warriors will graduate some outstanding seniors the future looks bright for Coach Smith's team. The WC Boys Track Team inspired performances over the past 3 weeks has helped start the long process of healing a community. "3's up."