Weston boys cross country sweeps quad-meet
The Weston boys cross country team goes into the championship season brimming with confidence.
Weston showed its mettle in the last two races of the year and hopes to have its No. 2 runner back by SWCs or Class M championships
The Trojans finished the regular season at 12-2 by sweeping a quad-meet Tuesday at home with a 26-29 win over Brookfield and convincing victories over Oxford (17-46) and Stratford (15-50).
Brookfield started strong and led for two miles before Weston came back and overtook the Bobcats.
This is similar to the Trojans' 23-34 victory over host New Fairfield Oct. 4. New Fairfield started strong before Weston picked up the pace and surpassed the Rebels.
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"The past two meets were very close and it's always good to win the close ones," Trojans coach Marty Ogden said. "I was really proud of the guys, they ran a mature and poised race."
Junior tri-captain David Stankiewicz continued his success from outdoor track and won the race with a time of 15:37. Stankiewicz has been the top Weston runner all year and won most of his races, losing only to two New Milford kids and Newtown's Jake Feinstein. He ran 10 seconds faster than he did on his team's home meet Sept. 13.
"It feels pretty good," Stankiewicz said. "I didn't go all out, I ran a smooth and relaxed race and everything just clicked."
Finishing only eight seconds behind Stankiewicz was junior tri-captain Noah Krassin (15:45), who took second. Krassin ran a 5:02 in the first mile and his time after two miles was 10:40.
"It was a solid race," Krassin said. "Our goal was to run with the Brookfield kid. Coach told me I had one job, which was to beat the Brookfield kid, and I went for it."
Matt Bolin (16:07) wasn't far behind and took fourth. Sophomore Matt Proctor (16:28) and freshman Cole Clark (16:33) rounded out the team's top five and placed 10th and 11th, respectively. Clark edged out Will Glaser (16:33), who was 12th.
Mike Aaron (17:17) and Sam Agustyn (17:26) were 14th and 15th, respectively.
Although Weston had a record most teams would envy, Ogden expected better.
"I'd be happier with 14-0, but this is one of our best seasons," Ogden said.
The Trojans will contend with nine-time defending champion New Milford for the SWC title next Thursday at Bethel. Pomperaug also beat Weston in the regular season and is in the mix.
"New Milford enters as the favorite but us, Newtown and Pomperaug will give them a run for their money," Ogden said.
In the regular-season race, the two New Milford kids touched out Stankiewicz . He hopes this time is different.
"I wasn't well when I raced the two New Milford kids," Stankiewicz said. "This time, I'm feeling better and stronger and I'll see what I can do."
Krassin was slated to be the third runner but with the injury of senior tri-captain Brad DeMarco, he stepped into the No. 2 spot with ease.
"Our one real goal is to finish in the top three, our main goal is to beat New Milford," Krassin said.
Ogden said about his SWC goals, "I'd be happy if seven guys could say they ran well today and let the chips fall where they may."
Filling the void for DeMarco wasn't easy but the Trojans persevered.
"When we first heard Brad was out, we were worried," Krassin said. "David is a solid No. 1, Brad is a solid No. 2 and I'm a solid No. 3. When we ran at the Brewster Invitational, we finished fourth in our heat and David had an off-day. We figured we'd finish second if he was on and we felt good about it."
DeMarco is training and Ogden will decide if he runs at SWCs. He is expected to run at Class M.
"Suffield is good and so is Rocky Hill," said Ogden in discussing his Class M chances. "We need some magic here and we'll see what we can do."
Lady Trojans go 2-1
The Weston girls cross-country team closed out the regular season at 4-11 by going 2-1 Tuesday.
Weston defeated Brookfield (20-37) and Stratford (22-39) but lost to Oxford (23-32). Similar to the boys, the Lady Trojans will compete at SWCs and Class M.
Sara Schwietzer (20:34) led the Lady Trojans and took fifth place. Tess Maggio (21:19), Rachel Fraade (22:14), Catherine Kravchenko (22:28) and Augusta Alwang (22:33) are Weston's top five by placing seventh, ninth,, 11th and 12th, respectively.