WESTON, Conn. – Weston High School’s girls indoor track and field team were the South-West Conference championships for six straight years before until Immaculate High of Danbury dethroned them last year. The Trojans would like to get the title back in Saturday’s championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
Buoyed by an outstanding freshmen class, a strong set of veterans and new state record-holder Emily Savage, the Trojans will be a contender for the team title.
“We’ll see, but I think the girls are hungry to get the title back,’’ coach Matt Medve said. “I think we have a good chance, but we’ll have to perform.”
Weston’s linchpin is Savage, a senior who cleared 12 feet, 2 inches to set a state record in the indoor pole vault Saturday at the New Balance Games in New York. She broke the old mark of 12 feet, 1 inch set by Darien’s Robin Bone in 2010. Savage cleared 10 feet, 7 inches last winter to win the Class M championship and set the Class M state mark. She is the top seed in the long jump and pole vault.
“She’s a very special talent,’’ Medve said. “I’ve known her since sixth or seventh grade, when she was doing gymnastics. Eventually, she believed in me. She just keeps getting better and better. Having her in those field events definitely helps.”
Sara Dietzman is the top seed in the long jump and third seed in the long jump. Jane Wall is seeded second in the pole vault, and three other Weston girls are seeded among the top eight. Other teams cannot match the Trojans’ depth in the field events.
Weston’s other strength is the sprints and middle distance events. Freshman Rhemi Toth is the top seed in the 1,000 meters, while classmate Nathalie Feingold will compete on two highly seeded relays.
Amanda Matluck, Alexa Werner, Whitney Farber, Olivia Watson, Jordan Isaacs, Andi Rosenblatt and August Schweitzer are other Weston runners who could pick up valuable points.
The Trojans also have an advantage with Medve, who is masterful in putting together a lineup to maximize points. Weston had terrific finishes in the Yale Invitational in January in several relays, and the talented freshmen got valuable experience in big-meet competition.
After competing in Class M for the last three years, the Trojans are back with smaller schools in Class S this year. They won state titles in 2008 and 2009 in Class S and finished second in 2010. They could be in the chase for that title as well.
“We’re definitely not disappointed about moving away from Hillhouse in Class M,’’ Medve said. “But Class S is where Bloomfield lives, and they’ve won it ever since we left. I think we have a chance. But you never know what can happen.”