NEW HAVEN — From its individual performances to its efforts in the relay races, Saturday’s Class M Indoor Girls Track Championships was, indeed, one to remember for Weston.
The first running event of the meet at Hillhouse High School was won by Weston, which registered a winning time of 1:49.48 in the 4×200-meter relay.
That performance was a sign of exciting things to come for Weston, which captured the Class M team title, totaling 76.50 points. Hillhouse, which hosted the event, was the runner-up (39), followed by Tolland (36), St. Joseph (32), Joel Barlow (32) and Sheehan (29) in the 25-team event.
“These kids work very hard and they cheer for each other and push each other in practice and I was very proud of their performances today,” Weston coach Matt Medve said.
“We have been practicing our handoffs a lot and in today’s meet, it really clicked for us,” said Weston junior Julia Rosenberg, who was part of the championship 4×200-meter relay, along with sophomore Abigail Miles, junior Ava Zielinski and junior Nicole Sztachelski. “We were able to take control of the race.”
Rosenberg captured the first-place medal for Weston in the 1,000-meter run, posting a time of 2:58.99. Elizabeth Stockman from Rocky Hill was the runner-up.
Said Medve: “Julia is very talented and she keeps getting better, so I am interested to see how she does at the State Open. The energy our team brought, coming back from the league championship last week, which we won was impressive. To see them keep that energy up was great.”
Rosenberg showed her stamina in crossing the finish line first in the 1,000 run.
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“I wanted to see if anyone else was going to take it out fast at the start and someone else did, which was fine, because I was able to pace myself with her,” Rosenberg said. “My plan was to not let her get too far ahead and I was able to catch up to her later in the race.”
Zielinski, Rudolph, Rosenberg and Sztachelski teamed up to win the 4×400-meter relay in 4:06.45. In the 1600 sprint medley, Zielinski anchored a winning quartet that included Miles, Rudolph and Sztachelski.
A SHOT PUT RECORD FOR MOORE
Leah Moore of Hillhouse set the state record in the shot put competition. Moore achieved a distance of 41-11.75. She broke a Class M state record that stood in the event since 2003. Lacey-Ann Parker set the previous record of 40-04.50 in 2003 for Ledyard.
“It felt good to know that I broke the state record, even though I know I could do better,” said Moore, a Hillhouse junior. “I’ve gone through endless practices to get here and set that record. I knew I had to stay focused and concentrate on coming through with a good distance.
It was a good performance, but not my best and I will do better at the State Open. I am just going to try to be a little more consistent.”
Natalie Rolon-Issa of Bacon Academy also set a Class M record in finishing second (40-10.50).
A RECORD FOR RUSSELL
Senior Elise Russell of Weston set a Class M state record in the pole vault (12-02.00). AmyErin Zadroga (Tolland) had the previous mark (12-00), which was established in 2017.
Weston’s Lucille Fine, a junior was second (9-00.00),
LITTLE TIME TO REST FOR CLARK
Following a first-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles, St. Joseph senior Kayla Clark had to race in the very next event — the 55-meter dash.
Clark posted another standout effort, placing fourth in the 55-meter dash. In winning the 55-meter hurdles, Clark notched a time of 8.43 seconds. Joel Barlow senior Marielle Schweitzer placed second with a time of 8.78 seconds, followed by St. Joseph junior Nia Joseph (8.85). The 55-meter dash winner was Cleondra White of Bacon Academy (7.39 seconds). Kisha Francois of East Haven placed second in 7.46.
“I really wanted to redeem myself in the 55 hurdles, since I didn’t do well at the FCIAC meet,” Clark said. “I was feeling really good out there today and now I am looking forward to the State Open. In the 55 dash, I was a little tired, after running the hurdles, but I’m still happy with my time.”
SHEEHAN’S SENSATIONAL SENIOR
Sheehan’s Olivia Dubac is ending her senior indoor track season in style.
Dubac crossed the finish line first in the 600-meter run, clocking in at 1:37.91. Rudolph of Weston was the runner-up, posting a time of 1:39.92 and Abigail Bajorek from Rockville finished third in 1:42.80.
“I wanted to start strong in the first lap and each lap try to push harder and harder,” Dubac said. “I was in the zone during the whole race, especially toward the end.”
Dubac is heading to the University of Tampa, where she will play on the soccer team.
“This was a tough race, it wasn’t a walk in the park and the competition was great,” Dubac said. “Being a senior, it feels amazing to win this race. It’s what I wanted to accomplish in my senior year.”
Kisha Francois of East Haven won the long jump (17-03.25), Tianna St. Louis from Tolland took first in the high jump (5-06.50) and Elizabeth Stockman (Rocky Hill) turned in a first-place finish in the 1,600 meter run.
Tolland’s Peyton Bornstein was the two-mile winner in 11:16.58, while Sweitzer from Joel Barlow earned the first-place medal in the 300-meter dash (41.39).
55-meter dash: 1. Cleondra White (Bacon Academy) 7.39; 2. Kisha Francois (East Haven) 7.46; 3. Morgan Czarnecki (RHAM) 7.57; 4. Elle Moshier (Stratford) 43.09; 5. Johnae Jones (Career Magnet) 43.37; 6. Olivia Dubuc (Sheehan) 43.37.
600-meter run: 1. Olivia Dubuc (Sheehan) 1:37.91; 2. Amelia Rudolph (Weston) 1:39.92; 3. Abigail Bajorek (Rockyville) 1:42.80; 4. Kathryn Menard (Mercy) 1:44.17; 5. Meaghan Cameron (Sacred Heart) 1:44.37; 6. Olivia Digiacomo (Plainfield) 1:44.95.
1,000-meter run: 1. Julia Rosenberg (Weston) 2:58.99; 2. Elizabeth Stockman (Rocky Hill) 2:59.77; 3. Edith Walker (RHAM) 3:02.71; 4. Megan Perrotta (Berlin) 3:02.72; 5. Calista Mayer (Tolland) 3:05.70; 6. Maren Valente (Rocky Hill) 3:08.75.
1,600-meter run: 1. Elizabeth Stockman (Rocky Hill) 5:13.53; 2. Kathryn Rodrigues (Wolcott) 3. Jordan Malloy (Bacon Academy) 5:22.09; 4. Edith Walker (RHAM) 5:30.67; 5. Marenn Ek (Avon) 5:34.78; 6. Miranda Anastasakis (Bethel) 5:36.20.
3,200-meter run: 1. Peyton Bornstein (Tolland) 11:16.58; 2. Elizabeth Stockman (Rocky Hill) 11:19.70; 3. Ava Graham (Bethel) 11:19.80; 4. Isabelle McNamee 11:39.44; 5. Emily Brydges (Suffield) 11:58.55; 6. Juliana Cancellieri (Berlin) 11:59.20.
55-meter hurdles: 1. Kayla Clark (St. Joseph) 8.43; 2. Mariella Schweitzer (Joel Barlow) 8.78; 3. Nia Christie (St. Joseph) 8.85; 4. Vida Harris (Hillhouse) 8.94; 5. Alyssa Sirianni (Rockville)9.11; 6. Olivia Crawford (Ledyard) 9.11.
4×200-meter relay: 1. Weston 1:49.48; 2. Hillhouse 1:50.52; 3. Plainfield 1:50.73; 4. Sheehan 1:50.84; 5. Career Magnet 1:51.03; 6. East Haven 1:51.39.
4×400-meter relay: 1. Weston 4:06.45; 2. Sheehan 4:14.74; 3. Plainfield 4:18.98; 4. Hillhouse 4:19.23; 5. Ellington 4:19.30; 6. Career Magnet 4:21.05.
4×800-meter relay: 1. Ellington 10:02.70; 2. Bethel 10:04.83; 3. Weston 10:14.34; 4. Tolland 10:15.59; 5. Hillhouse 10:16.16; 6. Stonington 10:19.58.
1600 sprint medley: 1. Weston 4:23.55; 2. RHAM 4:27.42; 3. Sheehan 4:28.16; 4. Mercy 4:28.31; 5. Suffield 4:31.10; 6. Hillhouse 4:35.28.
High jump: 1. Tianna St. Louis (Tolland) 5-06.50; 2. Nia Christie (St. Joseph) 5-02.00; 3. Tatiana Harris (Hillhouse) 5-02.00; 4. Courtney Rowland (Nonnewaug) 5-00.00; 5. Elizabeth Murphy (Weston) 5-00.00; 5. Vassa Rezvaya (Bethel) 5-00.00.
Pole vault: 1. Elise Russell (Weston) 12-02.00; 2. Lucille Fine (Weston) 9-00.00; 3. Katie Matsuoka (Joel Barlow) 9-00.00; 4. Evelyn Miano (Weston) 8-06.00; 4. Amanda Pedro (RHAM) 8-06.00; 6. Erin Brennan (Sheehan) 8-06.00.
Long jump: 1. Kisha Francois (East Haven) 17-03.25; 2. Mariella Schweitzer (Joel Barlow) 17-03.00; 3. Bianca Kave (Sacred Heart) 16-07.75; 4. Nia Christie (St. Joseph) 16-07.00; 5. Samantha Pomeroy (New Fairfield) 16-05.50; 6. Nadia Helme (Ledyard) 16-02.25.
Shot put: 1. Leah Moore (Hillhouse) 41-11.75; 2. Natalie Rolon-Issa (Bacon Academy) 40-10.50; 3. Samantha Cerra (Tolland) 36-04.25; 4. Kayla Routree (Hillhouse) 33-10.00; 5. Emma Coggins (Suffield) 33-03.50; 6. Marina Perry (Rocky Hill) 32-05.50.