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MSTCA Division 4 relays

Weston goes wild, wins boys’, girls’ titles

ABINGTON — In the 35 years he has been coaching high school track and field, Weston coach John Monz had never seen both his boys’ and girls’ teams win the Division 4 Massachusetts State Track Coaches Relays in the same year.

That changed Sunday, as both teams brought home a title.

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“We’ve won a number of boys’ [titles] and a number of girls’ [titles], but never won them on the same day,” Monz said. “So it’s really special.”

On the boys’ side, the Wildcats won the meet for the second year in a row, finishing with 65 points, which left them 21 ahead of Norton. Newburyport (38), Cardinal Spellman (38), and Seekonk (37) rounded out the top five.

Though it lost a lot of talent to graduation last year, Weston reloaded enough to make it two straight titles.

“We graduated a lot, so we weren’t necessarily thinking six months ago we could come back and have a shot again,” Monz said. “But these kids stepped it up and they really did a very nice job today.”

Depth played a key factor for the Wildcats. While they placed first in only the 1,600 sprint medley and the javelin throw, they placed in seven other events — three seconds, three thirds, and a fifth-place finish in the triple jump.

“We really had a lot of kids do multiple things,” Monz said.

Craig Shytle had a strong showing, helping the Wildcats take first in the 1,600 sprint medley, second in the 4 x 100, and third in the team long jump.

“That’s a pretty good day when you got a one, two, and three,” Monz said.

The girls won their meet with 56 points, placing ahead of Ursuline Academy (47), Hamilton-Wenham (46.5), Old Rochester (40), and North Reading (36).

Four first-place finishes helped the Wildcats, who won the 4 x 100, 4 x 200, 4 x 1,600, and triple jump. They also placed second in the 4 x 800, third in the pole vault, and fifth in the long jump.

The 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 were run by the same quartet: Brianna Schwartz, Kayla Lawrence, Zoe Snow, and Emma Marlow-Benedick.

Meanwhile, the team that won the 1,600 — Abigail Pohl, Patty Atkinson, Read Allen, and Edom Wessenyeleh — also came in second in the 800.

Lawrence won her third event in the triple jump, alongside teammates Fini Bichara and Catherine Cebulla.

Monz was happy with the way his teams competed, and is hoping that it will keep Weston motivated with the Division 4 state meet looming.

“It’s a great thing just to win itself,” Monz said. “This is a real championship for your whole team for your depth. It gives you a lot of confidence going forward, obviously, as you go into States. You can tell the kids you think they have a shot, but now they believe it.”

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