Savage leads Weston to 2nd place tie at Class M
Updated 3:38 am, Friday, February 17, 2012
Junior jumper Emily Savage catapulted the Weston girls indoor track team past most of its opponents.
Savage scored 22 out of Weston's 38 points Tuesday in the Class M championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. Her individual performance enabled the Lady Trojans to finish tied for second with Career in the 40-team field. Hillhouse (124) won convincingly.
"I'm enjoying it every step of the way," Savage said. "There's no key to my success. I have the support of everyone on the team and it's helping me get by."
Savage won the pole vault with a leap of 10-7.
"A lot of it came from team support, and [Weston boys and girls coach] Matt Medve told us not to have any regrets, and it was our day to compete," Savage said. "We were in it to win it."
Although Savage won the pole vault, she felt she could have done better.
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"I was tired and didn't do my best," Savage said.
Savage took second in the long jump (16-6.5).
"I thought about going for it,
"I thought about going for it, and seeing where I can go because I'm inexperienced in the event," Savage said. "I observed the Career and Hillhouse girls, and watched what they did because they are experienced. It was an honor competing with them."
In the high jump, Savage (4-10) finished in a three-way tie for fourth place.
"Just like the long jump, I tried to jump as high as I could," Savage said. "I wanted to reach 5-0, but it was getting late, and I focused on the pole vault."
Senior captain Hannah Goodman, juniors Sydney Allon and Amanda Matluck and sophomore Whitney Farber blazed the 4x200 meter relay team (1:51.52) into second place. Farber also took third in the 300-meter dash (43.29). Goodman, Allon, Matluck and senior Nina Low powered the sprint medley relay team (4:32.10) into sixth place.
"I'm very proud of us," Savage said. "We strived to get close to the top and achieve our goal. We were striving for second because it was obvious Hillhouse would win."
Weston boys take 6th
The Weston boys indoor track team scored 27 points and finished sixth in the 46-team field.
Fifth-place Sheehan (28) edged the Trojans. Hillhouse (46) won, East Lyme (38) took second, New Fairfield (31) placed third, and Daniel Hand (30) was fourth.
Weston scored 20 points in relays. Freshman Simeon Okoro, senior Jensen Frost, junior Jonathan Savicky and junior captain David Stankewicz carried the 4x400 meter relay team (3:37.15) into second place. It was the quartet's second-best time of the year.
"It was near the end of the meet, and we were tired, but we were focused and positive," Stankiewicz said.
Junior captain Noah Krassin anchored the 4x800 meter relay team (8:53.08) into third place. Freshman Cole Clark, senior Jack Curran and junior Matt Bolin ran the first three legs of the 4x800. Sophomore Bryan Lonergan, Okoro, Savicky and Krassin powered the sprint medley relay team (3:49.33) into third place.
Sophomore Nicholas DiBartholomeo took fourth in the pole vault (11-0). Frost took fifth in the 600 meters (1:26.78), and Stankiewicz (2:44.18) was sixth in the 1,000 meters.
"We all had a rough year because of injuries, but considering everything, we were happy with how we did," Stankiewicz said.