An early-season test produced some positive signs for the Weston High boys and girls indoor track teams.
Taking part in the Reindeer Relays on Saturday, Dec. 15, the Trojans placed in a number of events at the Wilton High Field House. A few even qualified for the post-season.
In the 4×375 relay, the Weston boys earned first place with a time of three minutes, 33.6 seconds. Sophomore Simeon Okoro, junior Bryan Lonergan, and senior captains Noah Krassin and David Stankiewicz combined for the winning time.
In the 4×225 relay, Weston also captured first with a time of 1:59.1, with junior Kei-Matthew Pritsker, Sophomore Patrick Baber, Okoro, and Lonergan sprinting for the team.
Senior Will Glaser, juniors Sam Augustyn and Henry Morris, and sophomore Henry Tracey combined in the 4×750 to take first place with a time of 9:01.
Junior Greg Kaeser took third place in the 45 meter high hurdles.
In the shot put, Senior captain Larry Cass took first place with a throw of 44 feet, three inches, good enough to qualify for the South-West Conference and state Class M championships. Also qualifying for SWCs and states was senior Trent Monges, who tossed the shot 38’ 1”.
Two high jumpers qualified for SWCs as sophomores Ian Stuebe and Chris Petty both cleared 5’2”.
The girls team also fared quite well. Junior Whitney Farber, sophomores Alexa Werner and Jane Wall, and freshman Rhemi Toth took first place in the 4×375 with a time of 4:06.4.
The girls also took first place in the 4×225 with the team of senior captain Emily Savage, senior Amanda Matluck, Farber and freshman Nathalie Feingold finishing in a time of 2:15.
The 4×750 team of Werner, Toth, Wall and Freshman Andi Rosenblatt took home the gold with a time of 9:44.
In the sprint medley relay, Weston took third place with a time of 4:33, relying upon senior Sara Dietzman, junior Michaela Dyson, sophomore Olivia Watson, and freshman Sophie Rueben.
Three girls from Weston qualified for SWCs and states in the high jump, all clearing 4’10”: Savage, Dietzman, and Junior Chloe Shapiro. Dietzman’s jump, in particular, was noteworthy as it was the first time she competed in the event.
In the long jump, Savage and Dietzman qualified for SWCs and States with leaps of 15’ 3” and 14’10”, respectively. Feingold’s jump of 13’ 4” qualified her for SWCs as well.
In her debut distance race, Rosenblatt ran 5:51 in the mile, good enough for third while qualifying for SWCs and states.
“It was a very productive first meet for both teams,” said coach Matt Medve. “As long as the teams keep working hard and improving, we will be ready for the big meets at the end of the season.”
Weston’s next major meet is Jan. 5th at Wesleyan University, where both teams will compete against their rivals in the SWC.