If there was ever a meet in which every point mattered for the Weston High girls track team it was the South-West Conference finals on Monday.With one event to go the defending champs were in third place, more than 20 points behind front-runner New Milford. That one event, however, was their best.
The Trojans had five athletes score in the pole vault. Between them they captured 20.5 points, bringing Weston’s total to 102.50, enough to edge New Milford (102) and capture their seventh consecutive league title in a misty rain at Bethel High.
“It’s a total team effort,” said head coach Matt Medve, who predicted Weston would score around 100 points. “We were not expected to win this meet.”
It was also the second straight come-from-behind win at a league championship meet for Weston, which won the 4×400 relay last year to edge Joel Barlow.
Newtown was third on Monday with 83.5 points. Pomperaug was fourth with 81.5 and Barlow, which went unbeaten during the regular season, was fifth with 79.
The Trojans started the meet with an eighth-place finish in the 4×800 meter relay. August Schweitzer, Olivia Watson, Devon Tyler and Mia Demeglio finished in 10 minutes, 40.93 seconds.
Their lone victory was in the 4×100 with Amanda Matluck, Ellie Martin, Sydney Allon and Whitney Farber finishing in 50.59. Farber also competed in the 100 meters, taking sixth in 13.35.
Weston’s points in the 400 meters came from Martin, who was third and finished under a minute in 59.73. Hannah Goodman followed with seventh in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles in 50.22.
The 800 meters had Nina Low taking fifth in 2:27.50. Farber would finish as runner-up in the 200 meters in 26.90.
A number of points also came in the field events, including Martin’s fourth-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 108 feet, two inches. Liza Rosenbloom was tied for eighth in the discus with 78’ 5.”
Emily Savage had a big day, scoring in four events, including the high jump, in which she cleared 4’ 8” to tie for sixth with Newtown’s Courtney Beckett. Tess Fagan was eighth with 4’ 5”.
Both also scored in the long jump. Sarah Dietzman led Weston with a leap of 15’ 6.75” for third and Savage was next with 15’ 2.5”. Fagan was tied for sixth with 15’ 0.5”.
All three scored in the triple jump with Dietzman runner-up in 33’ 0.50 and Savage right behind her with 32’ 6”. Fagan was seventh with 29’ 11.5”.
With two events to go New Milford increased its lead with a win in the 4×400 relay. Weston kept its chances alive with Farber, Allon, Low and Martin taking second in 4:07.35.
“We knew it was going to be a very close meet,” said Martin, a senior captain, who scored in four events. “Our pole vaulters and jumpers came through for us.”
Saving the best for last, Weston had Savage and Jane Wall tie for second in the pole vault, each with 10 feet. Andrea Janis cleared nine for fifth and Fagan had eight.
Emily Castro’s eighth-place finish brought one more point, just enough for Weston to pull out a victory.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of the kids,” said Medve. “Every year these kids amaze me.”