The road to a sixth straight title in the South-West Conference track and field championships was a team effort for the Weston High girls.
Kara Bucaro won two individual races and ran on the winning 4 x 400 relay, but the Trojans picked up points in a multitude of events to ease past Joel Barlow and Pomperaug in a close race for the team title. Weston finished with 108.25, followed by the Falcons with 98.25 and Pomperaug with 90.25.
Bucaro captured the 800 and 1,600 for Weston. Two field events, however, proved critical to the Trojans' victory. In the pole vault, Erica Litvak won while Emily Savage (third), Danielle Janis (fourth), Sage Silverstein (fifth) and Jane Wall (five-way tie for sixth) also picked up points.
The turning point, however, may have come in the triple jump. With the meet winding down and Weston trailing Barlow and Pomperaug, the Trojans came up with 18 points. Sarah Dietzman won, while Savage (third) and Katurah Sarno (fifth) also placed. Sarno came in with the lowest seed of the 18 girls in the event.
The Trojans put a bow on the title with a win in the 4 x 400 with Bucaro, Sydney Allon, Callie Arlo and Ellie Martin. Arlo, who set a league record in winning the 400 last year, was running with a hamstring injury she suffered about two weeks ago. She gutted out a fourth place finish in the 400, while Martin finished third.
Weston also finished third in the 4 x 100 relay with Dietzman, Amanda Matluck, Martin and Hannah Goodman. Dietzman finished third in the 100. Martin, a standout on the school's girls basketball team, took a fifth in the javelin, and Savage was fifth in the high jump. Coach Matt Medve did a brilliant job of carefully selecting his lineup to maximize value.
Bucaro had an outstanding meet, taking control of both of her individual victories with strong moves in the final laps. On a raw, damp night at the Bethel track, the Trojans ran off with a come-from-behind win that has to rank as one of the best in their magical run in the SWCs. Captains Arlo, Bucaro and Litvakall of whom will compete in collegeended their careers in league competition the same way they started. As champions.
"They worked hard all year for this,'' Medve said. "I'm very proud of them." Complete results are available online at mysportsresults.com.
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