The South West Conference track and field teams descended on Weston High School Wednesday afternoon and night, but it was the host teams that took home the boys and girls team titles. What was expected to be two close meets turned into comfortable wins as the Trojans scored 142 points to win the Boys title with runner-up Masuk scoring 98 and Pomperaug only one point behind with 97.
The boys team victory was highlighted by senior Tobey Bill who began the day anchoring the 4x800m relay to victory, along with Neil Kaeslin, Kevin Crowley and Brendon Leuzzi finishing in 8:24.65. He went on to win the 800m in a personal record of 1:58.56 and finished the day teaming up with Kaeslin, John Cassol and Burach Goodman as runner-up in the 4x400m, only a second behind New Milford’s winning time of 3:24.58.
New Milford won the 4x400m relay at the SWC championships. Photo by Krista Benson
In addition to the 4x400m leg, Goodman also had an outstanding day winning the 400m in a PR of 49.67 and then breaking All-American Simeon Okoro’s school record and meet record in the 200m with his time of 22.26 to take third place.
Weston boy’s coach Lloyd Weinstein said, “we had a stellar day with a huge number of PRs.” Weinstein explained the key to his team’s success was “my underlayer kids who scored a lot more than I expected.” He mentioned sophomore Jack Spencer who had been running 11.8 for the 100m and wasn’t expected to score, who surprised everyone by taking 4th in 11.27 and taking 6th in the 200m in another PR with a 22.95.
Sprinters Put on A Show
The sprinters in the SWC really put on a show with Masuk’s Conor Mahony leading multiple people under the meet records in the 100m and 200m dashes. Mahony ran a 10.98 with Christ N'Dabian of Bunnell tying the old record of 11.03 held by Elijah Henry of Bunnell.
Coming back later in the day, Mahony took the 200m in 22.15, with N'Dabian right behind in 22.23 and Goodman 22.26. All three went under Henry’s 22.29 meet record set last year.
But N’Dabian got his own piece of history by teaming up with Marquise Lawrence, Tyreek Smith and Alex Mosley and winning the 4x100m relay in another meet record of 42.75. All told Elijah Henry saw three meet records eclipsed only one year after he set them.
The Weston track must have been very friendly to the shorter events as two boys also broke the meet in the long jump. Marcus Guyton of Bethel jumped 22-0.5 to just edge out Pomperaug’s Camden Collette with both surpassing Masuk’s Trevor Rooney’s meet record of 21’11.
Aidan McShane also shined for Masuk, the runner up team. The senior broke 15 seconds in the 110 high hurdles for the first time, winning in 14.93 and came back to take the 300m hurdles in 40.79
Weston Girls Back on Top
The Weston girls had an 11-year SWC winning streak snapped by Newtown who have won the past two years. The Trojans finally made their way back to the winner’s circle scoring 152 points with defending champion Newtown earning 119.5 points and Joel Barlow with 90.
When Weston scored, they scored big. Freshman Shea Greene set the All-Time SWC record in the javelin with her throw of 134-6 and she was followed by her teammate Kate Joyce who threw 129-2.
Hannah Greene defended her title the high jump (5’0) and won the triple jump with her leap of 34-07 followed her sister Shea who jumped 33-4.75.
The Pole Vault, as usual, was another strong event for Weston as Elise Martin had a one-foot PR to clear 11-feet, 6-inches to earn the win and the state’s number two ranking in the event. She was backed up by Lucy Fine who took second, Rachel Esslinger in fifth and freshman Evelyn Miano who took sixth to combine for a total of 25 team points.
Sophomores Nicole Sztachelski and Julia Rosenberg went 2-3 in the 400m Dash and both broke 60 seconds with times of 59.29 and 59.54
Relays have historically been big points for the Trojans and they scored 26 points with a runner-up finish in the 4x800m (9:51.42), a third place in the 4x100m (50.29) and they defended their title in the 4x400m with a 4:01.99.
But it was the 800m race where Weston really put their exclamation point on the team victory. Ava Zielinski finished second in 2:19.06 and four other Trojans finished in the top seven to score 22 points and almost shut out the league.
Molly Coyle of Immaculate leads a line of Trojans in the girls 800m run. Photo by Krista Benson
Swierbut Rules the Sprints
Runner-up Newtown had their share of highlights and were led once again by senior Carly Swierbut who ruled the sprints in the SWC winning the 100m in 12.20, the 200m in a meet record time of 25.37 and the 400m in 57.91. In addition to those individual victories, Swierbut also joined Brianna Lovely, Elise Barricelli and Regan Schoen to win her fourth gold medal of the evening in the 4x100m relay in 49.74.
Sophomore Sarah Nowacki was also a double gold medalist taking the shot put in a season best of 34-02.5 and the discus with a throw of 103-07.
Immaculate Dominants Distance
While Immaculate only finished fourth overall, the Cross-Country State Open runner-up team dominated the distance events. They began their day winning their signature event, the 4x800m relay with a team of Kayla Ondy, Ailene Doherty, Molly Coyle and Taylor Mascetta finishing in 9:43.28.
Coyle then won her second gold medal of the day by holding off the Weston onslaught in the 800m running a new PR of 2:16.82.
Senior Angela Saidman has been a mainstay of the Immaculate distance team since she was a freshman set a new 1600m PR and of 5:00.08 and she was followed behind by her teammate Taylor Mascetta who took second in 5:06.43. This gives the Mustangs the top two 1600m times in the state this spring. Ailene Doherty and Christina Carbon also took fifth and eighth to provide their team with 22 points in the single event.
Immaculate Girls duo Mascetta and Saidman (l-r) lead during 1600m run. Photo by Krista Benson
Of course, you wouldn’t be a true distance team if you didn’t score points in the 3200m and Saidman came back for second place with an 11:17.70 and Kaitlyn Segreti and Ondy took fifth and sixth places.
The only thing that stopped Immaculate’s sweep of the distance events was the defending State Open 3200m Champion Kate Wiser of Pomperaug who set a new meet record with a 10:49.46 season best effort.
Barlow Has Youth on Its Side
The future looks bright for Joel Barlow as they were led by freshman Mariella Schweitzer who swept the 100m hurdles (15.37) and 300m hurdles (45.15), finished second in the 200m (25.87) and third in the long jump for 34 of her team’s 90 points. Sophomore Samantha Colb took second right behind her teammate in the hurdles running 15.80 and finished third in the 300m hurdles running 50.28.
Freshman Mariella Schweitzer won the 100m hurdles at the SWC championships. Photo by Krista Benson
The complete meet results are available for the SouthWest Conference Outdoor 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 Weston High School in Weston CT on Wednesday May 22, 2019.
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