The Weston High girls track team wrapped up its final dual meets of the year on May 7 and May 14, tallying a strong 12-2 record as it positioned itself for a run at the South-West Conference and state Class M championships.
Hosting Newtown, Oxford, and New Milford on May 7, the team came away with a number of strong finishes while falling to New Milford 79.5-70.5 in head to head competition but beating Newtown 88-62 and topping Oxford 92-58.
The 4×100 relay team of Amanda Matluck, Sara Dietzman, Nathalie Feingold and Whitney Farber took first with a time of 49.6 seconds. Jane Wall, Madison Murray, Olivia Watson and Farber combined in the 4×400 for a strong time of 4:09. Murray also ran the open 400 and broke the difficult 65-second barrier at 63.6.
Farber also took first in the 100 meters, crossing the line in 12.8.
The 4×800 team of Jordan Isaacs, Emily Iatesta, Charlotte Cenatiempo, and Claire Kerns took second with a time of 10:27.
The field athletes also did well, with Emily Savage taking first in pole vault at 11 feet, while Dietzman took the long jump at 16 feet.
“Overall, it was a strong performance for us,” coach Matt Medve said. “New Milford is perennially tough, and they have a lot of depth this year.”
Last year, Weston nipped New Milford by half of a point in the SWC championships, Medve said, “and they clearly would like to win it this year.”
Traveling to Bethel on May 14 for the final meet of the season, Weston rolled to 95-45 victories over Bethel and Pomperaug and topped New Fairfield 101-41.
Weston dominated in the 4×100, the 4×400, the 100 meter hurdles, the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, the triple jump, long jump, high jump and pole vault.
Savage posted a personal record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.3, while jumping 34 feet in the triple jump and 12’6” in the pole vault.
Farber broke the 13-second barrier again in the 100 with a time of 12.9 and crossed the tape in the 200 meters in 26.8.
Chloe Shapiro cleared 4’ 10” in the high jump, Dietzman leaped 15’10” in the long jump, and Jane Wall had a personal record in the 800, finishing second with a time of 2:22.4.
The loudest cheers of the day, however, were reserved for senior captain Sydney Allon, who ran for the first time since having reconstructive knee surgery following a soccer injury last November. Crossing the finish line in 14.1 in the 100 and 31.2 in the 200, Allon was greeted by a swarm of teammates at the finish line.
“I wish this weren’t her last high school meet,” Medve said, “but she gave me and this program a lot to be proud of.”
Allon plans to run at Dickinson College next fall.
As for the SWCs and states, Medve said, “We have our work cut out for us, but we have a lot of heart, and our team likes to rise to the challenge. So I’m optimistic as I always am.”
The Weston girls have won seven straight SWC outdoor championships entering this season. They have finished in the top three in states but have not won a state championship since 2008.
“We want to continue the streak at the SWCs and bring home a state championship jacket this year,” Medve said. He expects tough competition at the SWCs from New Milford, Brookfield, Newtown, and Barlow, the only other team to beat Weston in a dual meet this year, while Plainfield and Tolland have terrific teams in Class M this year.