After winning the South-West Conference championship on Monday, the Weston High girls track team had to face the inevitable question: Is it that dominant, or is the field that weak?
Results from the meet indicate that Weston is that dominant at the big meets in a highly competitive league. Scoring 132 points, it took its eighth straight league title on Monday at Bethel High.
Joel Barlow was a distant second with 81. Brookfield was third with 74.
“Year after year, these girls step up in the big meets,” Weston coach Matt Medve said. “People have come to expect it of us and think the competition must not be tough, but the fact is, the SWC is probably one of the toughest leagues in New England.”
Weston did not score in every event. It did have multiple scorers in a few.
The first points came in the 4×800 relay. The Weston team of Emily Iatesta, Jordan Isaacs, Claire Kerns and Charlotte Rosenbloom took fourth, crossing the line in 10 minutes, 24.53 seconds.
Its first gold medal came in the 4×100 with Amanda Matluck, Sara Dietzman, Nathalie Feingold and Whitney Farber running a 49.94.
Emily Savage, who scored in four events and won three gold medals, continued her dominance in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, six inches to break the SWC outdoor record of Weston’s Emily Ando by a foot. Jane Wall had a personal best at 11 feet, good enough for third place. Hannah Campos brought home five points by taking fourth place, while Andrea Janis and Emily Iatesta tied for seventh at 8’ 6”, adding three points combined to the team total.
Savage placed fourth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.76, 0.7 seconds behind first place finisher Lindsay Doyle of Barlow. In the 100 meter dash, Whitney Farber took second place in 13.06, 0.28 seconds behind Barlow’s Grace Blackwell.
Savage took first in the long jump with a leap of 16’ 03.75”, while Dietzman took fourth with a jump of 15’ 8.75”. Weston picked up three more points when Matluck and Feingold took seventh and eighth respectively
Savage also dominated in the triple jump with a hop, skip and a jump of 35 feet. Dietzman was third at 33’6.75”, and Chloe Shapiro took sixth at 32’6”.
Shapiro grabbed first place in the high jump at five feet, followed in second place by Dietzman at 4’ 10”.
“What can you say about our field performance?” Medve asked. “The girls combined for 79 points in just four events. We had no one in javelin, discus or shot put – and put us in position to win once again.”
In the 300 meter hurdles, Devon Tyler added three points for the team with a sixth place finish at 49.71. Wall and Olivia Watson combined for eight points by placing fourth and sixth respectively in the 800.
“Devon had a great race, and when Jane and Olivia scored so well in the 800,” Medve said, “I began to think we could pull it off again. That 800 race was tough – everyone who placed was around 2:28 and under, with less than eight seconds separating first from eighth place.”
Farber broke the school record in the 200 meters when she ran 25.94, less than half a second behind Brookfield’s Djenne Parris and edging out Emma Duleavy of Lauralton Hall and Blackwell, both of whom had beaten Farber in dual meets this year.
In the final event of the day, the 4×400 team of Wall, Madison Murray, Watson and Farber placed third with a time of 4:08.42, about six seconds behind New Milford.
Next up is the state Class M championship in New Britain on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The team will face tough competition from Plainfield, Tolland, and Northwest Catholic, among others, in a field of 34 teams.
“The season’s not over for us yet,” Medve said. “Class M is a tough neighborhood.”