The Weston girls have won 12 South West Conference titles in 14 years and earned four CIAC class runner-up trophies in that time period. On Wednesday, the Trojans won the CIAC Class M Outdoor Track and Field Championship title scoring 95.5 points with Northwestern Regional a distance second scoring 48.5 points and Seymour, a scant half point behind in third place. This was the Trojan’s first CIAC Class title since 2008.
“I would trade a bunch of SWC championships for a state title” Weston coach Matt Medve said to his team before the meet. “This is just a special group of girls.”
Weston did it with a balanced approach winning five events. They started off strong winning the first two events, the 4x800m and 4x100m relays and didn’t let up from there. Mie Axelsson, Kathleen Saussy, Michelle Gutowski and Julia Rosenberg teamed to win the 4x800m in 9:44.47 and Elise Russell, Lauren Bigelow, Nicole Sztachelski and Hannah Greene took first in running 50.02 for the 4x100.
Julia Rosenberg the fourth seed, surprised many by not only winning, but setting a new school record in the 800m run finishing in 2:15.03 ahead of Megan Perrotta of Berlin (2:16.73).
Elise Russell continued her undefeated season in the pole vault tying her personal record at 11-ft and 6-inches.
But perhaps the biggest event for Weston was the javelin throw where junior Kate Joyce and freshman Shea Greene placed 1-2 with Joyce setting a new meet record of 141-06 and Greene throwing 134-06. Joyce’s throw is the 4th best throw in Connecticut history and number two this year in New England, while Greene’s throw is currently ranked fourth in New England.
Se'Raya Steward of Kaynor Tech added to her championship resume by sweeping the 100m (12.88) and 200m (26.36) dashes and taking sixth in the 400m for all of her team’s 23 points.
Plainfield’s Kate Carleson won her first individual state title after numerous appearances at New England and national meets as part of relays. Her time of 57.86 was almost two seconds better than her previous best. She also took home another gold medal as part of the Panther’s 4x400m relay and a silver in the 4x100m relay.
Last year’s State Open 1600m champion Elizabeth Stockman of Rocky Hill has returned to top form after an injury at the end of cross country that severely limited her indoor season. The junior has been getting faster with each meet and set her season PR with a 5:01.03 to defeat freshman Ava Graham of Bethel and All-New England cross country runner Kathryn Rodrigues of Wolcott. The three ran together until the last 600m when Stockman pulled away for the win by three seconds.
The 3200m run was a rematch of the 1600m with the same three players. This time it was Kathryn Rodrigues who came out on top winning in 11:10.06 and Stockman, who was seemingly out of it with 400m to go, used a blazing kick to overtake Graham in the last 100m to take second place.
In the high jump, Patricia Mroczkowski of Berlin, the new state record holder in the event, made three attempts at breaking her record by trying for 5’10.25. While she wasn’t able to do it, the jumper, who has committed to the University of Connecticut, was still able to console herself with her sixth state title over the past three years.
Tolland Goes Long to Capture Class M Title
Tolland boys won their first title in seven years defeating defending champion Windham 68-56 points with third place Sheehan two points behind with 54.
Tolland took over the lead for good after Jacob Gerow, Alec Sauter, Killian McNamee and Jackson Cayward swept the third through sixth places in the 3200m, which gained them 18 points. For you cross-country fans, Toland the 3200m race showed why they might be one of the favorites to win the State Open title in the fall. They had six returning runners finish under 10:00 mins and another under 10:10. In cross country where distance depth is so crucial, they certainly have the talent be a factor over hill and dale.
The Eagles also showed off more of their distance depth when McNamee and Sauter took second and third in the 1600m with Nathan Paolangeli scoring in 7th place for another 16 points.
But it was Stephen Sutton who was the real star of the day for Toland, running a leg of the 2nd place 4x800m relay team, taking home individual gold in the 800m in 1:55.01 and taking home another silver in the 4x400m relay. The 4x800m team also included Gavin Rublewski, Jackson Cayward and Ethan Boivin that also broke Weston’s meet record 8:02.66 set in 2009 running 8:01.56.
While Tolland won the team title with distance runners, Suffield boys continued their dominance in the 4x800m relay, winning in a meet record time of 7:54.09. Camden Miller, Jared Sharp, Kyle Englander and Nick Sinofsky were All-American during indoor track and currently have the third best time in the state behind Hall and Wilbur Cross.
Double event winner Enrique Lopez Garcia of Windham kept his team in the hunt by taking the 110m hurdles in 14:73 and returned later to capture the 300m hurdles title in 38.72. His time in the 300m event qualified him for the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in the 400m hurdle event.
Junior Aidan O’Connor of Lewis Mills defended his Class M title and improved on his PR to clear 14-feet and 3-inches which is currently the 4th best vault in New England.
The biggest upset of the meet was in the 1600m where sophomore Matt Jennings of Haddam Killingworth knocked seven seconds off his seed time to win over a quality field in 4:22.59. While Jennings did qualify for the New England championship in cross country, this was his first major individual win.
One of the most impressive performances of the day came from Jordan Davis of Sheehan who won the javelin in his first season of track and field with a throw of 191-09. The junior had already thrown 208-01 at the SCC Championships for a U.S. #8 throw.
Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.
The complete meet results are available for the CIAC Class M Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Willow Brook Park in New Britain CT on Wednesday May 29, 2019.
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