While dominating most of the competition during the regular season the Weston High boys track team faced more of a challenge at the South-West Conference finals on Monday.The Trojans , who finished with an 11-1-1 record in dual meets, did not have the depth for larger competitions. They would finish fifth in a field of 13 teams with 60.5 points in a light rain at Bethel High.
Bunnell, which tied Weston in the first dual meet of the season, was first with 108.5. New Fairfield appeared to have won the meet with a victory in the final event, the 4×400 relay, but was disqualified when officials ruled a runner illegally changed lanes. Instead, it was runner-up with 98.66.
Weston fared well in the relays, scoring in all three. It took the silver medal at the start of the meet with Noah Krassin, Brad DeMarco, Cole Clark and David Stankiewicz finishing the 4×800 meter relay in eight minutes, 15.74 seconds.
Sebastian Valin, Zach Cannon, Simeon Okoro and Jon Savicky combined to finish the 4×100 in 45.70, good for fifth. Two scored for the Trojans in the 110 high hurdles as Jason Perlik was sixth in 17.70 and Chris Chao followed one spot and 0.04 second later.
In the 1,600 meters Weston had Clark run a 4:40.01, good for eighth. Savicky scored his tea’s points in the 400 with a 51.53, taking fourth.
The Trojans first win was in the 800 meters with Stankiewicz finishing in 2:00.82.
“I was pretty tired coming into the meet,” said Stankiewicz, who also competed in the Dream Invite in Danbury two days earlier. “I tried running with the pack. With 250 meters to go I made my move.”
DeMarco and Will Glaser went the distance for Weston in the 3,200. The former was sixth in 10:08.62 and the latter was two spots later in 10:17.49.
With New Fairfield disqualified in the 4×400 the victory went to Weston in that event. Savicky, Okoro, Cannon and Stankiewicz finished in 3:33.17.
Moving onto the field events, Weston had one scorer in the throwing events. Larry Cass threw the discus 113 feet, one inch for eighth. He took the bronze medal in the shot put with 43’ 1”.
Weston’s other scorers were in the pole vault. Harry Manning cleared 11 feet, same as Bunnell’s Jaimen Picard, but was fifth based on number of attempts. Will Crum cleared 10 feet and was tied for sixth with Bunnell’s Mike Joy.