Savage jumps over foes in leading Lady Trojans to 4th place at M
Updated 5:52 pm, Thursday, May 31, 2012
Emily Savage put the Weston girls outdoor track team in contention at the Class M championships Tuesday.
Savage scored 25 points -- which is 41 percent of the team's total -- in lifting Weston (61.5) to fourth place at Willowbrook Park in New Britain. Tolland (82) topped the 26-team field, Nonnewaug (75) was second, and Montville (63) edged into third place.
She procured the points with two victories. Savage's biggest triumph came in the pole vault (11-7) when she set a Class M record. Lady Trojan alumnae Emily Ando (Class of 2010) and current Bucknell University pole vaulter was one of the previous holders.
"I felt a sense of relief once I crossed the bar at 11-7 because I knew at that point I still had the fight left in me to continue the meet," Savage said. "It was a very hot and humid meet but with the encouragement and spirit from my teammates, I knew I could do it."
Weston coach Matt Medve said, "The performance of the day was by Emily Savage when she broke the Class M record."
Overall, the Lady Trojans scored 20.5 points in the pole vault with three other girls scoring in it. Jane Wall (10-6) and Tess Fagan (8-6) took third and sixth, respectively, and Andrea Janis (8-0) finished tied for seventh.
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Savage won the triple jump (35-8.25) and Sara Dietzman (34-10.75) took fourth in it.
"I had some great competition, but overall I knew I needed to win this for Weston and myself," Savage said. "I didn't get another PR [personal record] from it, but it was enough to impress myself and my team, which in the end, is what is most important. The motivation, support, and strength that my coaches and team give me is what gets me going."
Savage took fourth in the long jump (16-0).
"Long jump was the very first event for Sara and I, and it was a very slow and rough one," Savage said. "However it was around what I expected due to my dehydration and the heat hitting down on us."
The 4x100 meter relay team (50.59) of Amanda Matluck, Dietzman, Sydney Allon and Whitney Farber took third place. Wall, Nina Low, Allon and Farber ran for the third-place 4x400 meter relay team (4:10.24).
Farber took fourth in the 200-meter dash (26.76). Low and Ellie Martin were seventh in the 800 meters (2:27.37) and javelin (104-7), respectively.
"I thought we were going to finish in the top five and fourth is a great place to finish," Medve said. "We had some great performances, and a lot of people qualified for Open."
Weston might have finished higher if Martin was at full strength. She didn't place in the 400 meters and wasn't able to run in the 4x400.
"Despite injuries, everyone had quality performances and tried to end the season strong," Martin said. "To break it down, individually, we did well. Emily did a great job, and Whitney was great."
Hannah Goodman said, "Our goal was top five, and we achieved it. In general, everyone performed as well as we could, and I'm happy with the way our season ended."
Boys finish 10th
The Weston boys outdoor track team took 10th with 21.5 points in the 32-team field, edging Oxford (21), Nonnewaug (21) and Suffield (20), but falling short to ninth-place Northwestern (25). Bloomfield (96.75) won.
"We didn't do as well as we wanted," Trojans coach Lloyd Weinstein said. "It wasn't the year for us to contend, but I think we did as well as we could have."
The 4x800 meter relay team of Noah Krassin, Brad DeMarco, Cole Clark and David Stankiewicz were seeded second but placed eighth (8:32.47) and scored only one point. A second-place finish would have produced eight points. This was the first event of the meet.
"It's a downer when you are seeded second and finish eighth," Weinstein said. "It sets the tone for the meet."
If Weston placed second, it would have finished seventh, which is where Ledyard (28) placed. Plainville (27.5) was eighth. The Trojans were also within range of fifth-place Killingly (32) and sixth-place Windham Tech (30.5).
Simeon Okoro, Jon Savicky, Zach Cannon and Stankiewicz carried the 4x400 (3:30) to third place and their best time of the season.
"We wanted to end the meet with a bang and finish strong," Stankiewicz said.
Weinstein said, "Simeon was outstanding and ran a great time for a freshman. He has an outstanding future."
Stankiewicz also took fourth in the 800 meters (1:57.46).
"I talked to my coach before the race, and he told me to give my best performance, and I did," Stankiewicz said.
Harry Manning was tied for fifth in the pole vault (11-0). The 4x100 team had its best time of the year (45.2) and finished sixth behind the sprinting of Sebastian Valin, Cannon, Okoro and Savicky.
Chris Chao took seventh in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (43.34) and Savicky was eighth in the 400 (52.38).
"As a team, we didn't finish as well as we hoped to do," Stankiewicz said. "We finished 10th, and on a good day, we would have finished sixth or seventh. I guess we didn't have it that day."