Weston girls track takes 3rd at Class M
The Weston girls indoor track team can claim to be the best suburban school in Class M. After competing in Class S in the past, Weston was moved up to Class M and finished third in the Class M championships Saturday at the New Haven Athletic Center with 48.66 points.
Hillhouse (107) reigned supreme in the 24-team field and Career (62) took second, making the Lady Trojans the top suburban school in the meet.
"We couldn't have finished better than third with Hillhouse and Career in Class M and taking second would have been a monumental task," Weston Coach Matt Medve said. "Our goal was top four."
Lady Trojans senior tri-captain Callie Arlo said, "The whole meet was a lot of fun but it's weird not having the boys [track team, who is still in Class S] there [competing with us]. We didn't have our best day but even if we did, there was no way we could have touched Hillhouse and Career, but no one gave up and I'm proud with how we did."
Weston got most of its points by having four girls place in the pole vault and by finishing high in three relays. Senior tri-captain Kiki Litvak continued the winning tradition in the pole vault by leaping 10-0 and this is the fifth straight year a Lady Trojan won the state title in the pole vault.
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"It's really cool to keep the tradition going and I'm happy to win it and score points for my team," Litvak said. "Competing against bigger schools in Class M is intimidating and I tried to stay focused."
Also scoring for Weston in the pole vault were sophomore Emily Savage (9-6), who took second, and senior Sara O'Brien (8-0) and junior Sage Silverstein (8-0), who finished in a three-way tie for fourth with Branford's Hunter Carden (8-0).
"I thought we performed well in the event, not in terms of placement but in terms of height," Medve said.
Litvak and Savage are seeded fifth and sixth, respectively at State Open.
"There's so much good competition and I'm focusing on doing my best," Litvak said. "Having good competition will drive me to do my best and it will be fun to watch."
Senior tri-captain Kara Bucaro broke the school record in the 1,000 meters (3:02.83) by placing fourth. Hillhouse sophomore Kellie Davis (2:56.34) won and Nonnewaug senior Jackie Nicholas (2:56.53) took second, followed by Suffield senior Sarah Wilson (3:01.11).
"It started out pretty well and I stayed with the leaders from Hillhouse and Nonnewaug for the first three and a half laps, but they took off and I died at the end," Bucaro said. "They were great competition and I'm proud of my ability to stay with them. To go 3:02 isn't a bad time and it seeds me well State Open."
Bucaro is seeded seventh, less than two seconds behind sixth-seeded Wilson. If she moves up to sixth, she qualifies for the New England championships.
"I think 3:01 is achievable and if anything, I can go faster," Bucaro said.
Relays went Weston's way and it had its best finish in the sprint medley relay (SMR) where sophomore Sarah Dietzman, junior Hannah Goodman, Arlo and Bucaro grabbed second place (4:25.51). Dietzman, Goodman, sophomore Amanda Matluck and Arlo blazed the 4x200 meter relay team to third place (1:51.65) and Bucaro, sophomore Sydney Allon, freshman Whitney Farber and Arlo carried the 4x400 meter relay team to third (4:21.84).
"I was really happy with our finish in the 4x2," Arlo said. "Our handoffs weren't our best but we hope to get them down pat for Opens."
Bucaro ran hard in the SMR as the anchor leg but Hillhouse (4:21.01) won it convincingly.
"Hillhouse had a huge lead on us and I tried to close the gap as much as I could, but in the end, she had too big of a lead on me," Bucaro said. "I'm proud with what I did."
Litvak said, "I'm pleased with how we did as a team. Class M has strong teams in Career and Hillhouse and I'm proud with how we did."