Weston boys track takes 2nd
There won't be any track titles in Weston this spring but nevertheless, the Weston boys and girls outdoor track teams feel like champions because they did their best at the Class M championships on Wednesday at Manchester High School.
The Weston boys were satisfied scoring 66 points and beating out third-place Montville (61) because it knew Bloomfield was too much. Bloomfield scored 123 points and won convincingly in the 34-team field.
"I'm very pleased," Trojans Coach Lloyd Weinstein said. "We knew Bloomfield is too deep, has too much talent and is difficult to beat."
Senior captain Jackson Edelman said, "The team worked very hard and gave them a run. It feels great to finish second."
Weston's highlight of the meet came in the 1,600 meters where it scored 18 points and finished one-two with senior captain James Bloom grabbing the victory with a time of 4:22.35. Bloom edged classmate Steve Piscatelli (4:22.65).
"Steve paced me very well for the first three laps and I accelerated in the last lap," Bloom said.
"It feels nice to earn All-State and get a gold medal," Gilmore said. "We were confident going in and our training and working hard all year helped us."
The 4x400-meter relay team of Bloom, freshman Dave Stankiewicz, junior Paul Philpott and Steve Piscatelli (3:29.11) finished third.
"We didn't run to our potential but we'll do better the next time," Bloom said.
Edelman took sixth in the javelin (153-11) despite nursing a torn labrum. It was short of his personal best (174-7) by almost 21 feet.
"I didn't compete to my full potential and it was tough to push through," Edelman said.
Getting back to running, Vento took fourth in the 3,200 meters (9:56.93), Gilmore placed fifth in the 800 meters (2:01.34) and Philpott was fifth in 400 meters (51.11). Seniors Evan Renaud, Ryan Farrell and Nick Kiviat and Philpott carried the 4x100-meter relay team (44.82) to fifth place.
"We should be very pleased with the meet because we competed well in most areas and achieved our goal of second place," Gilmore said. "Bloomfield was too tough to beat."
Bloom said, "It was a huge success because Bloomfield is very good and the team and I couldn't be happier with second place."
Ando leads Lady Trojans
While the boys were happy with second, the Weston girls outdoor track team was happy with 68.5 points and third place, beating out fourth-place Tolland (61). Career (106.5) won in the 30-team field and Nonnewaug (92) took second.
Bloomfield may have gotten in the boys way, but for the Lady Trojans, the injury bug hurt them. By not having everyone healthy, they had a few less athletes eligible to qualify for individual events, such as senior captain Meg Sanborn, who qualified in the 400 meters last year. Sanborn returned at the end of the season and ran relays.
"The team did awesome today," Weston Coach Matt Medve said. "I thought it was a stretch to win it but taking third against great competition is outstanding. If we were healthy, we might have had a better shot but it is what it is and we got to deal with the cards that were dealt to you."
"I stayed focused and I tried my best," Ando said on her pole vault victory.
Weston came through in short relays with its 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Ellie Martin, freshman Sydney Allon and juniors Kara Bucaro and Callie Arlo carrying the 4x400 team to second place (4:06.81). Freshman Sarah Dietzman, senior captain Kathryn Bacher, sophomore Hannah Goodman and Arlo led the 4x100 team to (50.88) to fourth place.
Bacher led the Lady Trojans in hurdles by grabbing second place in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (47.53) and third in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.07). Ando was eighth in the 110-hurdles (17.17).
"I was pumped up because it was potentially my last meet and I wanted to do well," Bacher said.
Arlo took third in the 400 (59.04) and Bucaro placed fourth in the 800 (2:23.50).
"We performed well," Bacher said. "The other teams were good and I was satisfied with third place despite the injuries. We needed a perfect day to win."
Ando said, "I'm pretty happy with how we did and I'm pleased with our performance."