The opening meet actually put the Weston High girls track team in good shape for the post-season in some respects.
The Trojans already qualified athletes for the South-West Conference as well as state Class M meets. They also managed a sweep along the way, defeating Brookfield 83-57, Stratford 119-22 and Notre Dame 135-5 on Tuesday, April 9 at home.
Weston captured a number of first places. The 4×800 relay team of Charlotte Rosenbloom, Emily Iatesta,, Charlotte Cenatiempo and Jordan Isaacs started the meet off with a first place time of 11 minutes, 02 seconds.
“It wasn’t our best effort,” Isaacs said, “but it was good to lead off with a win.”
Amanda Matluck, Sara Dietzman, Nathalie Feingold and Whitney Farber then took first in the 4×100 with a time of 51.6.
“The 4×100 is one of my favorite events,” Medve said, who was pleased with the win but not with the technique. “but the hand-offs have to be nearly perfect, and ours were far from perfect.”
Still, for a first meet, Medve saw potential and, at the same time, room for improvement.
Olivia Watson won the mile in 5:41.6 and the 800 meters in 2:39, while Jane Wall posted a strong 49.7 in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles.
“I needed 53 to qualify for states in the 300,” Wall said. “So I was happy with my time, particularly because this was the first time I competed in this event.”
Wall also took second place in pole vault with a height of nine feet, six inches.
No Weston track meet seems complete these days without Emily Savage posting a new record, and this meet was no exception. Savage unofficially set a new Connecticut state outdoor pole vault record by clearing 12’ 8.
She also won the long jump with a leap of 16’ 4.5”, the triple jump at 34’5.5”, and the 100 meter high hurdles with a time of 18.0, completing a four event sweep for the day.
“I will try whatever I can to help the team,” Savage said. As for the new state record, Savage said she was pleased but not satisfied.
“I want to clear 13 feet before this season ends,” she said.
In another field event, Dietzman won the high jump with a height of 4’8”
Brookfield’s Djenne Parris had a big day, winning the 100 meters with a time of 12.0, the 400 meters at 59.9, and as a member of the winning 4×400 team that posted a time of 4:20.2. Weston’s 4×400 team of Feingold, Madison Murray, Devon Tyler and Wall took second.
“For the first meet of the year, I think we did fine,” Medve said. “Many of our athletes qualified for the league and state championships, so that’s always a big positive for any meet.”
The next meet is at home on Tuesday, April 23, against Bunnell and Lauralton Hall.