The Weston boys and girls teams swept the Southwest Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship team titles for the third straight year at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven on Saturday night. It was the 9th time in 19 years the Trojans have brought home the boys and girls team trophies and their 23rd total between the two teams since 2002.
This year, the Weston boys scored 110 points with New Milford 45 points behind with 65 points while Masuk was one point out of 2nd place with 64 points. The Lady Trojans compiled 117 points with Newtown scoring 73 and Immaculate finished with 52 points.
While the names have changed on the team, the two things that have remained constant during this entire time is head coach Matt Medve and his longtime assistant Llyod Weinstein. Medve has played the pied piper role, recruiting athletes from his middle school physical education classes and Weinstein is a personal trainer and former world class power lifter who works with the sprinters.
They have used many methods to build one of the most consistently successful programs in the state, but they always rely upon strong relays and pole vaulters to rack-up points. This year was no exception. Both teams won three of the four relays. The girl’s team of Elise Russell, Lauren Bigelow, Nicole Sztachelski and Hannah Greene started off the meet winning the 4x200m relay in 1:49.69.
Aiden Kreitler, Abby Miles, Ava Zielinski and Julia Rosenberg took the sprint medley relay in 4:25.38 and the Trojans finished the night with Sztachelski, Bigelow, Michelle Gutowski and Zielinski taking home the 4x400m gold medals with a time of 4:12.87.
The Weston boys earned their first gold medal of the night with their 4x800m relay team of Blake Braun, Matt Lagana, Matt Scott and Kevin Crowley who combined to win in 8:43.34.
Twin brothers Andrew and George Oleynick joined with Tobey Bill and Lagana, winning the 1600m Sprint Medley relay in 3:49.85. Bill, Aidan Kyle, Scott and Baruch Goodman ended the night by simply dominating the 4x400m relay and crossing the line in 3:34.86.
The Weston boys scored 38 points in the relays and the girls totaled 34 toward their winning scores. But in the pole vault, Elise Russell tied her PR clearing 11ft for the win followed by Lucy Fine, Rachel Esslinger and Evelyn Miano taking 3rd, 4th and 6th, good for 21 points.
The boys scored 18 points in the vault behind Vaughn Campos, Matt Bigelow and Chris Lewis taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.
Sophomore Ava Zielinski, who won the 1000m and ran legs of the winning 1600m SMR and 4x400m relays summed up the key to Weston’s success by saying “the team atmosphere is awesome. The coaches are great. Everyone works together and works hard to try to do their best.” View the entire Interview with Ava Zielinski on the MSR YouTube channel.
Murphy Makes it a Family Affair
New Fairfield’s David Murphy denied Weston’s sweep of the pole vault titles. The son of former New Fairfield track coach Tim Murphy and brother of Connecticut outdoor record holder TJ Murphy cleared 13-feet for the first time to take his first conference championship.
“I’ve always looked up to him (my brother)”. David said after the meet. I’ve always wanted medals like he had. My dad has helped me out the most and my brother and the pole vault club we have in Newtown.” His jump moves him up to the 7th best jump in the state this winter.
View the entire Interview with David Murphy on the MSR YouTube channel.
2019 SWC Indoor Pole Vault Champ and his father/ coach Tim. (Photo by Marty Ogden)
Swierbut Leads Newtown
Carly Swierbut of Newtown had a great junior year. She set all-time SWC records in the 55m and 300m dashes and was State Open champion in the 400m during outdoor track. On Saturday, she showed she was a little ahead of where she was last year by tying her 55m dash time (7.37) she ran last year at the SWC meet and breaking her own meet record in the 300m with a 40.78 finishing time.
Sweirbut was happy to be part of Newtown’s team which has finished 2nd to Weston the past two indoor seasons and won the last two outdoor SWC titles. “I love my team, I love the culture and the intensity is awesome” Sweirbut said after the meet. View the entire Interview with Carly Swierbut on the MSR YouTube channel.
Immaculate Going the Distance
One other meet record that went down was in the girls 4x800m relay mark. The Immaculate girls have been a powerhouse in the conference and the state over the past decade. The Mustangs came off their best cross-country season in school history finishing a very close 2nd to Danbury in the State Open Cross Country Championship and followed up with a 3rd place finish at New England Championship. On Saturday, Kayla Ondy, Molly Coyle, Ailene Doherty and Taylor Mascetta absolutely shattered their own meet record by 18 seconds running 9:40.63, which is the fastest time in Connecticut this season according to Athletic.net.
Mascetta, who was 3rd in the Indoor State Open meet last winter, came back from the 4x800m and led wire to wire in the 1600m run, winning in a season best of 5:12.82. She ended her night taking 2nd in the 3200m run setting an indoor PR of 11:34.14. She finished second behind New Milford’s Brooke Morabito who finished 14 seconds in front. Morabito’s time of 11:20.56 moved her to the number two-ranked 3200m runner in Connecticut this winter.
Boys All SWC Team (Photo by Marty Ogden)
All SWC Girls Team (Photo by Marty Ogden)
Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.
The complete meet results are available for the Southwest Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven CT on Saturday February 2, 2019.
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