After winning its seventh South-West Conference title in nine years, the Weston boys indoor track team traveled back to Hillhouse High in New Haven for the state Class M championships on Feb. 7. Although the Trojans held off New Fairfield at the league meet, the latter prevailed in the Class M and Weston settled for sixth out of 27 teams with 34 points.
Coach Matt Medve had hoped for a top four finish but was pleased with the performance of his relay teams and of Larry Cass, who “dug deep when it mattered most.”
Cass took second place in the shot put with a personal best toss of 47 feet, 4.5 inches. Seeded fourth, Cass beat his distance from the SWC meet by nearly two feet and qualified for the State Open on Tuesday, also at Hillhouse.
“Larry’s growth has been phenomenal,” Medve said. “He led by example this year, working hard and setting his sights higher each time.”
With some injuries cutting into the team’s depth, Medve decided to mass his firepower in the relay events, and the strategy paid off.
The 4×200 team of Bryan Lonergan, Oliver Parker, Chris Petty, and Simeon Okoro took third place in 1:36.46, less than a second behind the winning team from Hillhouse.
In the 4×800, Noah Krassin, James Murphy, Will Glaser, and David Stankiewicz took second with a time of 8.20.23.
Lonergan, Parker, Okoro, and Krassin teamed up in the sprint medley relay (200, 200, 400, 800) in a time of 3:49.55, good enough for fourth but somewhat disappointing as they were the 1st seed in the event.
“Was there a letdown after winning SWCs?” Medve asked. “Maybe, but we still beat a lot of teams in our class, and I know the boys tried their best. That’s all we ask.”
Glaser ran the 3,200 meters in 10:12.63, good enough for seventh. Murphy took eighth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:43.27.
To wrap up the night, the 4×400 team of Krassin, Patrick Baber, Stankiewicz, and Okoro took second with a time of 3:36.65.
“We ended up in the same place as last year,” Medve said, “but this year we took home the SWC crown. I’m happy with that, but we will always work hard to perform best at the big meets.”
Medve heads back to Hillhouse on Thursday (today) with the girls team, which will be competing in Class S against a tough field from Bloomfield, Immaculate, and Northwest Catholic, among others.