NEW BRITAIN — Coming off a South West Conference championship, Matt Medve felt pretty good about his Weston girls track team entering Wednesday’s Class M state meet at Willow Brook Park.
Then the Trojans went out and won the 4×800 and 4×100 relays right off the bat, and they never looked back.
“It’s tough to come back against that,” Medve noted. “We had a great start.”
Kate Joyce set a meet record in the javelin, Julia Rosenberg notched a school record in the 800 and Weston cruised to victory, amassing 95.50 points. Northwestern finished a distant second with 48.50, followed by Seymour (48), Plainfield (45) and Berlin (41) to round out the top five.
Elise Russell won the pole vault at 11-6 and freshman Shea Greene finished second to Joyce in the javelin with a throw of 134-06.
Joyce’s distance of 141-06 topped the previous meet record of 140-03, set in 2013 by Tolland’s Megan Lester.
It’s Weston’s first state championship since 2008.
GOOD CHOICE, JOYCE
This is the first season of track and field for Joyce, a junior. She played baseball her first two years of high school, but, after briefly considering playing softball, instead made the shift to track.
“(Baseball) was nice,” she said, “but this year I decided to try something different. I really enjoyed javelin.”
Her personal best before Wednesday was 129-10.5, but she entered the meet looking to get to the 140 mark and possibly break the meet record.
“I felt good,” she admitted. “My practice throws were pretty nice. When I threw that throw, I knew it was a good one, just the way it felt.”
JUMPING TO NEW HEIGHTS
Berlin’s Patricia Mroczkowski set a new state record in the high jump earlier this season at the Greater Hartford Invitational at 5-10. Once she had wrapped up the Class M title on Wednesday at 5-4, she quickly cleared 5-6, then moved the bar up to 5-10.25 to try to break her record.
Mroczkowski wasn’t able to set the new mark in three tries.
“It was very mental for me,” the senior said. “I have off-days mentally, never physically. I get this brain block where I think I can clear it, and then I don’t. But I thought I was going to get a 5-10.25 on my second jump, but things just don’t happen the way you want them to sometimes.”
Mroczkowski, who will jump at UConn next year, checks in at 6-foot-2. That would appear to be an advantage in high jump, but not totally.
“You still have to put your legs over,” she noted. “Having long legs, you can nick it. Obviously, someone who’s, like, 4-10, couldn’t really jump 5-10. It has some benefits, definitely.”
Mroczkowski, who also competes in long jump, will continue to try to break her record as her high school career winds down.
“I know I have my off-days, and there are people who can come after me,” she said. “I always have competition. So I didn’t really change much. I was really grateful for getting that record, but I’m still trying to push to get higher heights.”