A strong performance in the later events allowed the Weston High boys track team to move up a few places in the standings at the South-West Conference finals.
The Trojans were in eighth place with four events to go on Monday’s meet at Bethel High. Once those were completed they finished fourth overall in a field of 14 with 71.50 points.
Defending champ Bunnell was the winner again, this time with 127.50. Bethel was runner-up with 103.50 and New Fairfield took third with 127.50.
“We were hoping for third or fourth,” said Weston head coach Lloyd Weinstein, whose team had only one loss during the regular season and was second in the Patriot Division. “Our team is very much built for regular-season meets with solid athletes in every event.”
In fact, the Trojans scored in most of them that day. The first points came in the 4×800 relay at the start of the meet with Noah Krassin, Cole Clark, James Murphy and David Stankiewicz finished in eight minutes, 20.02 seconds, good for fourth.
A silver medal came in the 4×100. Jake Matluck, Simeon Okoro, Jon Savicky and Bryan Lonergan were runners-up in 44.58, a personal best.
Patrick Baber took eighth in the 300 intermediate hurdles and Krassin’s time of 2:01.58 in the 800 meters was good for seventh. Another seventh place was in the 200 with Okoro finishing in 23.48.
Weston’s points in the 3,200 came from Will Glaser, whose time of 10:08.23 was good for fifth. A bronze medal came in the 4×400 with Okoro, Stankiewicz, Baber and Savicky combining to run a 3:30.26 for third.
A number of points came in the field events, including the discus. Larry Cass had a throw of 122 feet for sixth.
He fared even better in the shot put. A toss of 46’ 3.5” was not only his best of the season but good for third as well.
Although Ian Stuebe was competing with a pulled groin muscle he managed to take seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18’ 6”. Kuba Babinski totaled 38’ 10” in the triple jump for sixth there.
The Trojans’ best event was the pole vault. Not only did four score, they occupied four of the top five places.
Will Crum won it by clearing 12’ 6”. Nick Bartholomeo went 12 feet for the silver.
Connor Mulcahey and Bethel’s Ken Darrah tied for third with 11 feet. Fifth went to Harry Manning with 10’ 6”.
Weston will next compete in the state Class M meet.