Weston High boys track coach Matt Medve knew his team faced an uphill climb as it tried to win its fourth Class S title in five years at Thursday's championship meet at the New Haven Athletic Center. The Trojans won two races and had some terrific performances but settled for fourth with 32 points. Bloomfield took team honors with 68.
"The kids performed well,'' Medve said. "We had some solid relays." Stephen Vento led Weston's individual performances with a victory in the 3,200 and a third in the 1,000. Weston also won the 4 x 800 with Noah Krassin, Sam Rueben, Paul Philpott and David Stankiewicz.
Vento, a senior, cruised home in 9:52.8 to win the 3,200. He opened up a big lead early, was challenged midway through, pulled away again and then fought off a late challenge from Shepaug Valley's Andy Pullaro, who ran 9:53.24. Vento finished third in the 1,000 in 2:38.76, as Brian Poirier of Northwest Catholic won in 2:33.64.
"It was an average day,'' Vento said. "In the 1,000, I had 10 minutes to warm up. It seems everything was running so quick. I ran in, put on my racing flats and got on the line. For the 3,200, I got a good warm-up, and I was going to try to for the record (9:38) depending on how I felt. I wasn't feeling great so I just wanted to get the win. It got a little close there at the end."
Besides Vento, sophomore Stankiewicz may have been Weston's best performer. He anchored the 4 x 800 with a terrific run, coming from behind in the final stages of the race to help the Trojans nip East Hampton.
Stankiewicz also anchored the sprint medley relay team that finished fifth. Krassin, Jack Steinharter and Philpott joined Stankiewicz on that relay. The 4 x 400 relay with Stankiewicz, Steinharter, Brad DeMarco and Philpott took fourth.
The Trojans were hurt in the field events, where they did not score any points. Medve, whose team has 30 underclassmen, expected that. "We have some kids working at it, and I think they'll be good in a few years,'' Medve said. "They just need some experience. You're not going to win a state meet without getting points in the field events."
For complete results from the Class S meet, visit the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference website .
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