Indoor track: Many qualify for league, states

A early-season South-West Conference developmental meet helped put the Weston High boys and girls indoor track teams in good shape for later in they year.

Traveling to Wesleyan University in Middletown last Saturday, Jan. 5, the Trojans had a number of athletes qualify for both the league and state meets.

Coach Matt Medve said he was “pleased with the results, coming after the winter break and a very short school week,” but said he believes his teams have room to improve before the SWC championships on Feb. 2.

On the boys side, senior co-captain Larry Cass heaved the shot put 45 feet, four inches, an improvement of more than a foot over his throw in December at the Reindeer Relays in Wilton.

Sophomore Ian Stuebe leaped 17’ 2” inches in the long jump, qualifying for the SWC championships, while junior Nick DiBarthalomeo cleared 10’ 6” in the pole vault, good enough to compete in both the state Class M and SWC championships. Senior Connor Mulcahey cleared 10’ in the pole vault, good enough for SWCs and states as well.

In the 55 meter high hurdles, junior Greg Kaeser clocked a time of 8.5 seconds, qualifying for both meets. Sophomore Simeon Okoro ran the 300 meters in 37.4 seconds, while Junior Bryan Lonergan ran the 300 in 38.4.  Both times were good enough for SWCs and states.

Senior co-captain David Stankiewicz ran the 600 1:26.9, while classmate and co-captain Noah Krassin finished the 1,000 in 2:46.2 to make both post-season meets in their respective events.

In the 1,600, senior Will Glaser recorded a time of 4:38.8, qualifying for SWCs and states by more than 17 seconds. In the 4×400 Stankiewicz, Krassin, Okoro, and sophomore Patrick Baber combined for a time of 3:40.

For the Weston girls, senior co-captain Emily Savage cleared 11 feet in the pole vault and jumped 15’ 7” in the long jump, qualifying for the league and state meets in both events. Senior Sarah Dietzman jumped 4’ 8” in the high jump and ran the 55-meter dash in 7.7 to make both meets in these events.

Two pole vaulters also qualified for both meets. Junior Jane Wall cleared 10 feet and ran the 300 meters 44.4. Junior Stephanie Thomson cleared 7’ 6” in the former event.

Sophomore Chloe Shapiro jumped five feet in the high jump, qualifying for both meets, while freshman Nathalie Feingold leaped 14’ 1” in the long jump, far enough to qualify for the SWCs and just five inches short of the state Class S standard.

Freshman Rhemi Toth posted a1:41.7 in the 600 meters, only two seconds behind the school record and more than eight seconds below the state standard and 13 seconds below the SWC qualifying mark. Sophomore Alexa Werner also had a strong showing in the 600 with a time of 1:45.8 to qualify for both meets.

In the 1,000, Sophomore Olivia Watson crossed the finish line in 3:20, easily qualifying for SWCs and states.

Freshman Andi Rosenblatt ran the 3,200 in 12:22, coasting into SWCs and States. The 4×400 relay team of Toth, Werner, Wall and Freshman Charlotte Cenatiempo combined for a time of 4:20.

Weston is back on the track on Saturday for the SCC Coaches Invite at Hillhouse High.

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