Improved times and distances across the board made for some high finishes for the Weston High indoor track teams at the SCC Coaches Invite.
The Trojans made their mark in several events on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Hillhouse High in New Haven. A few more athletes also qualified for the league and state finals.
“The teams are starting to come together and compete at a high level,” said head coach Matt Medve. “but there is a lot of work to do to reach the championship tier.”
All of the girls who competed in an individual or relay event qualified for the state Class S championship, which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9. As a team, the girls took second overall out of 60 schools competing from all four state class sizes.
In the 55 meter dash, Amanda Matluck clocked 7.65 seconds, good enough for third place, while Erin O’Connell finished in 8.14.
Whitney Farber took sixth in the 300 with a time of 43.05. Jane Wall followed at 45.15.
In the 600 meters, Rhemi Toth took seventh in 1:42.61, while Alexa Werner ran the three laps in 1:43.72.
Olivia Watson ran the 1,000 in 3:16. Emily Iatesta finished the 1,000 in 3:25.
In the 1,600, August Schweitzer broke six minutes with a time of 5:53.
In the pole vault, Emily Savage set a meet record and took first place with a jump of 11 feet, seven inches. Jane Wall came in second with a jump of 10 feet.
Sarah Dietzman leaped 15’ 9” in the long jump, while Emily Savage jumped 15’ 4”. The former took second in the high jump with a jump of 5’ 2” while Chloe Shapiro took seventh at 4’ 10”.
The sprint medley relay (SMR) team of Charlotte Cenatiempo, Nathalie Feingold, Werner and Toth came in third with a time of 4:31.
The Weston boys had a number of state Class M qualifiers as well. In the 55 meter high hurdles, Greg Kaeser finished in 8.69.
Simeon Okoro ran the 300 in 38.39, followed closely by David Stankiewicz at 38.7. Okoro clocked 1:28.3 in the 600, while Michael Aaron ran the three laps in 1:34.
In the 1,000, Stankiewicz took eight with a time of 2:43.19. Noah Krassin was close behind at 2:44.6.
Will Glaser ran the 1,600 in 4:41, followed by Matt Proctor at 4:48.
James Murphy and Sam Augustyn each crossed the line at 10:30 in the 3,200.
The SMR team of Bryan Lonergan, Chris Petty, Patrick Baber and Krassin crossed the finish line with a time of 3:50.
In the pole vault, Connor Mulcahey took eight with a jump of 11’ 0”.
Larry Cass took seventh place in the shot put with a toss of 45’ 1”, while Trent Monges put the shot 38’ 5”.
Weston next competes in the Haddam-Killingworth Invitational on Saturday at Hillhouse.