Lady Trojans capture sixth straight SWC title
Updated 11:08 am, Tuesday, September 13, 2011
There was a moment in Monday's SWC championship track meet at Bethel that uncertainty loomed for the Weston girls outdoor track team. While Weston already had a top score, Joel Barlow was in the lead -- and both Barlow and Pomperaug had defeated the Lady Trojans in the regular season. It seemed that their streak of titles might be over. And that's when the comeback began.
Sara Dietzman (32-1) Emily Savage (31 Feet-7.5) and Katurah Sarno (31-1.5) all finished in the top five for the triple jump. Kara Bucaro scored points from all around and then, in the meet's final event, joined the 4x400 relay (4:07.9) to bring the Lady Trojans to 108.25 points and their sixth straight SWC title, beating second-place Barlow (98.25) in the 13-team field.
"I ran faster that I could have hoped for," said Callie Arlo, who anchored the 4x400. "We're all so happy. Coming into the meet, we tried not to be too excited so we wouldn't be disappointed, but everyone wanted it so bad."
Martin, who also ran in the relay as well as placing third in the 400 meters (1:00.06) and fifth in javelin (99-7) agreed with her teammate. "It was kind of a surprise because in the regular season we lost to Barlow and Pomperaug. We came in nervous but ready to do our best."
The meet's best performer was undoubtedly Bucaro. Her first place finish in the 800 meters (2:22.97) and 1600 meters (5:12.45) was a state champion level showing, and her quarter second win over Immaculate's Maggie Christe in the latter was one of the meets most exciting moments.
"She was a great competitor," said Bucaro. "I had to dig in deep to find what I needed to win."
The most exciting moment, however, belonged to Stephen Vento in the 3200 meters (9:39.00). After Vento made his move in the last lap, both he and Newtown's Jake Feinstein seemed to cross the finish line at identical times. Feinstein, it turns out, had beaten him by a hundredth of a second.
"Not really sure about that," laughed Vento. "Either way, I'm happy with how I did."
His other race, the 1600, was equally stellar and his first- place finish (4:20.52) played a large part in the Trojans getting 72 points and coming in fourth.
"I was pretty pleased with Monday," said boys coach Lloyd Weinstein. "I figured we would end up somewhere between third and fifth, scoring in the sixties--so we more than met my expectations. Most people rose to the occasion and only one or two underperformed."
Weinstein was exceptionally proud of his relays: the 4x400 (first place, 3:29.71) and the 4x800 (third place, 8:15.02). All members of the 4x800 (Brad DeMarco, Jensen Frost, Noah Krassin and Sam Rueben) ran personal bests and Weinstein is convinced they're only getting better.
"They're still underclassmen. That team could turn out to be one of the best in the state."
Despite the recent success, both teams already seem focused on the Class M Championship Meet, which takes place Wednesday, June 1..
"I'm concentrating on intervals to get my speed up," said Vento. "I think my best times are still in me."