WESTON — It was a pretty good day for Newtown standout Carly Swierbut at the South-West Conference track and field championship meet on Wednesday.
In fact, it was a perfect day.
Swierbut came away with three wins in the girls competition with victories in the 100 (12.20 seconds), the 400 (57.19) and capped the day with a win in the 200 in a meet record 25.37.
It was a perfect day for Weston too. The Trojans won the boys team title with 142 points, Masuk was second with 98 and Pomperaug third with 97. Weston won the girls title with 152 points, Newtown was second with 119.5 and Barlow was third with 90.
“I was feeling pretty good today coming into this meet,” said Swierbut, who has committed to run track at William and Mary. “For me, it was a perfect day. The weather was great and I just felt good on the track. Preparing for this meet I was just looking to place well. This is a good meet to prepare for the tough competition you face in the state meets.
“To get all these wins, it’s so exciting. Everything really came together today for me and our whole team. We had a lot of girls qualify for the states (CIAC Class LL) and that was great too.”
The day also turned out to be perfect for freshman Shae Greene of Weston. Ranked No. 1 in New England in the javelin, she won the event in a meet record and league record 134 feet, 6 inches. Emma Crowcroft of New Milford held the previous SWC meet record (131-9) set in 2009 and she also held the league record (132-9) set in 2009.
“I’m so excited to get that distance,” Greene said. “Just before my last throw, one of my teammates threw water on me and said it was holy water. The water felt good and all the support I got from my team cheering for me really pumped me up.
“When I let it go, I wasn’t sure if I could get that kind of distance. But I was so happy to see that it went 134. One of the reasons for my success this season is I keep my mind upbeat. I always stay positive and that works for me.
Mariella Schweitzer of Barlow was a double winner in the girls competition with a win in the 300 hurdles (45.15) and the 100 hurdles (15.37). Sarah Nwacki of Newtown won the discus (103-7 and won the shot put (34-2.25).
Weston coach Matt Medve couldn’t have been happier with his team.
“This was an outstanding day for us,” Medve said. “We’re a very young team and so many girls contributed today. This is good momentum for the state meets but right now we’re going to enjoy the moment.”
In the boys competition, Conor Mahoney of Masuk and Aidan McShane of Masuk each came away with a pair of wins. Mahoney won the 100 (10.98, meet record) and the 200 (22.15, league and meet record). McShane won the 110 hurdles (14.93) and the 300 hurdles (40.79).
“All our sprinters did great today, so it felt good to be able to contribute as well,” said McShane, who will attend Pittsburgh and will try to make the track team as walk-on. “Olivia Pruszko is a first-year assistant coach for us and she’s been a huge help in getting us to improve our times.
“It’s always great to get wins at this meet. The state competition is so tough and competing here helps you prepare for it.”
Weston boys coach Lloyd Weinstein expected a tough challenge for the team title.
“I thought the final team scores would be a lot closer,” Weinstein said. “So many of our boys had their best performances today. We need that depth to get points in the third to eighth place finishes. This momentum is a good way to go into the Class MM meet.”
SWC TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
1. Weston 142, 2. Masuk 98, 3. Pomperaug 97, 4. Bethel 80, 5. New Milford 79.5, 6. Bunnell 41.5, 7. Newtown 40, 8. New Fairfield 37, 8. Immaculate 37, 10. Brookfield 15, 11. Kolbe-Cathedral 13, 12. Barlow 12, 13. Stratford 10.
4×800-meter Relay- 1. Weston (Neil Kaeslin, Kevin Crowley, Brandon Leuzzi, Tobey Bill) 8:24.65; 2. Newtown 8:30.40, 3. Immaculate 8:33.51.
4×100 Relay- 1. Bunnell (Marquise Lawrence, Tyreek Smith, Alex Mosley, Christ N’Dabian) 42.75 (meet record), 2. Pomperaug 43.69, 3. Masuk 43.75.
1600- 1. Patrick Gibbons (New Fairfield) 4:31.46; 2. Timothy Monahan (Pomperaug) 4:34.10; 3. Kevin Crowley (Weston) 4:35.36.
110 Hurdles- 1. Aidan McShane (Masuk) 14.93; 2. Spencer Brown (Immaculate) 15.08; 3. Sam Chicha (Weston) 15.47.
100 Dash-1. Conor Mahony (Masuk) 10.98 (meet record); 2. Christ N’Dabian (Bunnell) 11.03; 3. Mark Cristino (Pomperaug) 11.19.
400- 1. Baruch Goodman (Weston) 49.67; 2. Aidan Markward (Pomperaug) 50.21; 3. Luke Chastain (New Milford) 50.48.
300 Hurdles- 1. Aidan McShane (Masuk) 40.79; 2. John Cassol (Weston) 41.64; 3. Jack Valentine (New Milford) 42.67.
800 Run- 1. Tobey Bill (Weston) 1:58.56; 2. Scott Candee (Barlow) 1:59.16; 3. Brad Bornn (Bethel) 2:01.09.
200- 1. Conor Mahoney (Masuk) 22.15 (meet, league record); 2. Christ N’Dabian (Bunnell) 22.23; 3. Baruch Goodman (Weston) 22.26.
3200- 1. Justin Halmose (Newtown) 10:08.03; 2. Robert Harkin (New Milford) 10:10.24; 3. Robert Doyle (Bethel) 10:15.08.
4×400 Relay- 1. New Milford (Jon Tarbet, Luke Chastain, Matthew Bouzakis, Andre Vial Jr.) 3:24.58; 2. Weston 3:25.61; 3. Pomperaug 3:25.98.
Javelin- 1. James Day (New Milford) 172-6; 2. Andrew Grinnell (New Milford) 162-9; 3. Sam Tarrant (New Milford) 154-0.
Shot put- 1. Matthew Resnick (Masuk) 48-0.5); 2. Dean Pallas (Bethel) 46-0.75; 3. Zachary Theusen (New Fairfield) 44-3.5.
Discus- 1. Nathan Holst-Grubbe (Pomperaug) 151-7; 2. Austin Pompa Masuk) 131-4; 3. Nathan Hon (Pomperaug) 120-7.
High Jump- 1. Sam Chicha (Weston) 6-2; 2. Elliot Metviner (6-0; 2. Marcus Guyton (Bethel) 6-0.
Long Jump- 1. Marcus Guyton (Bethel) 22-0.5 (meet record); 2. Camden Collette (Pomperaug) 22-0; 3. Spencer Brown (Immaculate) 21-5.25.
Triple Jump- 1. John McFarlane (Masuk) 42-6.75; 2. Marcus Guyton (Bethel) 42-4.5; 3. Sam Chicha (Weston) 42-4.
Pole Vault- 1. Matthew Bigelow (Weston) 13-6; 2. Riley Fitzpatrick (Pomperaug) 12-6; 3. Aiden Jasinski (Newtown) 12-6.