Girls track: Weston takes fourth in class

trackAfter demolishing the field in the South-West Conference championship, the Weston High girls track team took fourth place with 53 points at the Class M championships May 29 at Willowbrook Park in New Britain.

Defending champ Tolland was first with 91. Plainfield was second with 71 and Montville was third with 56.

Weston senior captain Emily Savage set a new Class M pole vault record by clearing 13 feet, breaking her own record from last year by nearly a foot and a half. When attempting 13’ 3”, however, she hit the bar and collided with it in the pit when she landed, causing her to head to the hospital to get stitches in her chin.

“Emily’s progress this year has been tremendous,” pole vault coach Tim Drummond said. “She has moved beyond the local stage to the national stage this year.”

Savage will be joining the track team at the University of Oklahoma next fall.

Jane Wall, a junior, took second place in the pole vault with a jump of 11’.

Freshman Hannah Campos took fifth at 8’6”, while senior Andrea Janis and freshman Emily Castro tied for seventh place at the same height, but took more jumps to clear the mark.

Junior Whitney Farber took second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.35, good for eight team points, while Wall added four points for the team in the 800 with a time of 2:22.83. Sophomore Olivia Watson finished ninth with a time of 2:27.42.

Weston also scored in the 300 intermediate hurdles with Devon Tyler running a 48.92, good for sixth.

In the high jump, junior Chloe Shapiro took third with a personal record of 5’ 2”. The 4×400 team of Wall, Watson, Farber and Madison Murray took fourth with a time of 4:07.78, their best time of the year.

“The field was extremely talented this year,” head coach Matt Medve said, noting that Tolland’s Katy Sprout set a new class record in the 300 meter hurdles, and Meghan Lester, also of Tolland, crushed the javelin record by nearly 12 feet with a throw of 140’3”.

“To place fourth in this meet was a solid accomplishment,” Medve said.

Savage was back in action on Monday at the State Open. There she set a new meet mark in the pole vault with a jump of 12’ 6”, breaking the record of Weston’s Emily Ando by almost six inches. Wall tied for fourth place with a jump of 10’6”.

With the 14.5 points earned by Wall and Savage, Weston finished in 20th place out of 58 schools that scored and 172 schools in the state. Both girls qualified to compete in pole vault in the New England Championships this Saturday in New Britain.

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