Girls indoor track preview: Weston sets sights on championships

The season has not officially started yet but such is not too early for the Weston High girls indoor track team to get busy with respect to what it hopes to achieve in 2012-13.

The Trojans will attempt to get back to their championship ways, starting with a South-West Conference title. While they are working toward that goal they could put themselves in good shape for a state Class M crown as well.

With 53 athletes Weston are set as far as numbers are concerned. Head coach Matt Medve, now in this 15th season with the team, has already assigned some to certain events while others will take on additional roles as the season continues.

With favorable weather conditions in the pre-season the Trojans have been able to do much of their training outdoors, which had allowed them to work on the distance events in particular, which needs some work as do the sprints and hurdles. In other events the Trojans already appear to be in good shape.

In terms of experience the Trojans have a good deal of it, much coming back from last season’s team which placed second in the SWC finals, ending a run of six straight league championships.

Weston was also runner-up at the state Class M meet, tying with Career Magnet.

It did not graduate many athletes since then but they were key scorers. Two were former captains Hannah Goodman and Tess Fagan.

The former was a relay runner and the latter competed in the pole vault and jumps. Both were named to the All-SWC second team.

Weston also graduated Kaylie Bucaro, who was in the spot put, and long sprinter Nina Low (All-SWC honorable mention).

Much of the talent on this season’s team rests with senior captains Emily Savage and Sydney Allon. Savage, An All-State selection and Class M champ in the pole vault, is back to compete in that event as well as the high jump and long jump.

Allon, a relay runner and All-SWC second team selection, injured her knee during the fall and will be sidelined for the season.

The Trojans do have classmate Amanda Matluck (All-SWC second team) back for the sprints. Sarah Dietzman will compete in the jumps.

From the junior class Weston has Whitney Farber (All-SWC second team) and Jane Wall. Both are long sprinters who can also run in the relays.

Weston opens the season this week with the New Haven Invite on Friday at Hillhouse High and has the Reindeer Relays on Saturday in Wilton.

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