Most of Weston’s athletes did indoor track during the winter, often training outside in cold temperatures. Such was also the case when the Trojans began practice last week.
“I’m sure the girls have practiced in worse conditions over the winter, so this week hasn’t been too bad,” said head 17th-year head coach Matt Medve. “It feels just like indoor track.”
By the time temperatures get warmer the Trojans should be ready for their opening meet of the season when they host Stratford, Brookfield and Notre Dame on April 9.
Until then they will concentrate on matching the right athletes with the right events. Numbers have remained consistent with more than 40 athletes coming out for the team. Many are back from last season’s team which finished with a 13-1 regular-season record.
For the seventh straight year the Trojans won the South-West Conference championship, coming by a margin of half a point. They placed fifth at the state Class M meet.
Weston did graduate a few athletes since then, including former captains Ellie Martin, Tess Fagan and Hannah Goodman. An All-SWC selection, Martin ran in the relays, the 400 meters and threw the javelin. Fagan competed in the jumps and pole vault and Goodman ran in the hurdles.
The Trojans also lost thrower Kaylie Bucaro and Nina Low, who ran in the long distance and middle sprint events.
The team will count on a new generation of athletes to step up, including a number of proven scorers from the senior class.
Two are captains Emily Savage (All-State, All-SWC) and Sydney Allon (All-SWC). The former is defending Class M champ in the pole vault and triple jump and will compete in the long and high jumps as well.
Allon is an experienced relay runner who was on the SWC-champ 4×100 team and is also a sprinter. She is currently recovering from knee surgery.
Classmate Andrea Janis is experienced in the pole vault and the Trojans have Amanda Matluck (All-SWC) and Sarah Dietzman (All-SWC second team) in the sprints and jumps .
From the junior class Weston has sprinter Whitney Farber (All-SWC). Jane Wall (All-State) will compete in the pole vault and run the middle distance sprints. Emily Castro will also compete in the pole vault and Jordan Issacs is a middle distance runner.
Sophomores who will likely score points are middle distance runners Olivia Watson and Devon Tyler.
Freshmen make up the largest class with 22 out for the team. Medve expects a lot to contribute as the season continues.
“Our number one goal every year for a small school is to stay healthy throughout the season,” said Medve. “If we can do that our next goal is to defend our SWC championship and try to win our eighth in a row. After that we’ll have a tough battle against Tolland for the Class M state championship.”