Winsor finds an FLC win-win

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Durango High School senior Madeigh Winsor signed her National Letter of Intent last week to run cross country at Fort Lewis College. Her dad, Sean Winsor, DHS cross country coach David McMillan, DHS track and field coach Steve Thyfault and mom Kim Winsor attended the signing.

By Dale Strode Herald staff writer

Madeigh Winsor is running in circles.

She’s following the white chalked line from Durango High School to Fort Lewis College.

And she couldn’t be happier about that.

“It’s a really cool thing. I’m super excited to have coach (Mark) Dutro coach me again,” Winsor said this week after signing her National Letter of Intent to run for the Skyhawks’ cross country program next year.

She’ll be running for former Durango High School cross country and track and field coach Mark Dutro – more than just a pleasant coincidence.

“I wasn’t sure it would happen. But I was hoping it would,” said Winsor, daughter of Kim and Sean Winsor.

“I’m really happy it ended up the way it did,” she said.

FLC is coming off one of the most successful seasons in the history of the women’s program.

“They had such a good season last year,” Winsor said about her new teammates. “It’s super exciting.”

Dutro’s replacement, current DHS coach David McMillan, said Winsor’s body of work in high school created an opportunity at the college level.

That included three trips to state championships in cross country and track – with one more track season ahead.

“The beauty of it is that Mark (Dutro) knew her. He knows there is a lot of upside there,” McMillan said of Winsor, who suffered an ankle injury and missed the fall cross country season.

“She had such a tough cross country season,” McMillan said. “That’s what makes this so great.”

McMillan said Winsor was an invaluable teammate last fall even when injured.

“She didn’t miss a practice. She would show up with watermelon ... snacks. She went over and beyond as a teammate,” he said.

That teamwork served Winsor, who was a part of a DHS school record in the 4x800 relay last year at the CHSAA Class 4A Track and Field State Championships. The Demons finished second in the state finals.

“The relays bring out the real team passion in some kids,” McMillan said. “Madeigh exhibits that.

“Some kids run well with the baton in their hands; she runs extremely well with the baton in her hands.”

Winsor will carry the baton into longer distances at FLC next year.

“I think it will be a big adjustment,” she said. “The mileage ... the practices.”

She said she’ll also be adjusting to college life.

“I’ll be living by myself; it’ll be an adjustment,” the DHS senior said.

Winsor said her ankle is fine now.

“That (injury) was super frustrating. But my ankle is fully recovered. I’m just working on getting everything back to normal,” she said.

“She’s already running faster this year than last year,” McMillan said.

“She’s ready to have a great (outdoor) season.”

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