Trojans take 2nd at SWCs
The Weston boys outdoor track put up a good fight at home on on May 25 at the SWC championship meet under the tutelage of Coach Lloyd Weinstein but in the end, New Milford won with 105 points and Weston (94) finished second.
Going into the meet, New Milford was favored to win, but Weston and Brookfield were expected to put up good fights and make it close. Having twice as many athletes as Weston helped the Green Wave, especially in the distance events.
"I thought it would be close," Weinstein said. "And although I truly thought and hoped we could win, I knew we would have to be nearly flawless to beat New Milford."
The first event of the day, the 4x800-meter relay, showed the athletes and spetators alike how track really can be a sport of inches. Both Weston (James Bloom, Ryan Gilmore, Chris Piscatelli, and David Stankiewicz) and New Milford ran times faster than the SWC championship meet record, but the Trojans got bested by a mere .06 seconds in as close a finish as there could be.
Senior Steve Piscatelli, who was held out of the 4x800 so that he could run more events later, felt that "After the close loss in the 4x8, we were just trying to play catch up the whole time. While there were definitely solid performances all around, we had to be perfect to win."
New Milford just beat Weston again in the second event, which proved to be a repeated occurrence throughout the meet. The Green Wave team ran a 44.54 second 4x100-meter relay for second place, while Evan Renaud, Ryan Farrell, Nick Kiviat, and Paul Philpott ran it in 44.91 seconds to finish fourth.
The 1600 was Weston's first big scoring binge of the afternoon, as Piscatelli broke the meet record to win ( 4:18.81) and junior Stephen Vento finished fifth (4:32.16), just .01 seconds away from fourth.
"Steve was great and in total control in winning the 1600," Weinstein said.
In the 400 meters, Weston scored another seven points, thanks to Philpott (51.40) and Kiviat (52.36) placing third and eighth, respectively. Farrell had an impressive third-place showing in the 300-meter hurdles (42.85), but New Milford hurdler Don Clady finished just ahead of him to take second behind Bunnell.
Weston had three finishers in the top nine in the 800 meters. Piscatelli (1:59.92) finished third, with Bloom (2:01.06) took fourth. Vento ran a quick 10:00.13 for the 3,200 meters, but even that third-place time was a half minute behind a Green Wave runner.
The Trojans beat New Milford in the 4x400-meter relay, the final running event of the day. Weston (3:27.46) finished second behind Pomperaug (3:26.14) with the second fastest time in school history. Steve Piscatelli, Bloom, David Stankiewicz and Philpott ran for the Trojans.
The lone Trojan jumper, Dennis Levene, put up valiant efforts in all three events. Though he did not place in the long jump, he finished second in the triple jump (40'2.75") and tied for second in the high jump (6'2"), setting new personal records in each.
"We lost some valuable points [in the long jump]," Weinstein said. "But Dennis showed great competitive spirit by bouncing back in the other two events."
Weston's throwers helped immensely with senior captain Jackson Edelman winning the javelin and senior classmate Mike Figueroa scoring in both the discus and shot put. Edelman, who had torn his labrum in the days leading up to the meet and therefore had limited mobility with his shoulder, came back strong and threw the javelin 167'6".
"I went in with the mindset of doing whatever I could to help the team and I did just that, so I was very happy," Edelman said.
In the pole vault, Weston jumpers built off recent personal records but were unable to score in the SWC finals. Senior Evan Renaud jumped 10'6" and freshman Harry Manning cleared 10' to finish in 11th and 14th, respectively.
Weinstein feels that the team "performed fairly well overall, but we had a few letdowns in events that prevented us from overtaking New Milford. The long jump, shot put, 400, and 4x100 were areas where we could have made up some points, but when your athletes perform that well and you still lose, you have to give credit to the other teams."
"Depth is what killed us," Gilmore said. "When you are running two guys in every event and they have five or six, basic numbers tell you that they should have the better chance at scoring points."