Respective third and 10th-place league meet performances closed the book Saturday on the South-West Conference indoor track season for the New Milford High boys' and girls' teams.

For coach Chris Bacich's boys' squad, scoring 57 points to beat 10 rival schools, while finishing in arrears of just Brookfield (89.2) and Weston (83), proved a bonus to a satisfying evening at the New Haven Athletic Center.

"Our team did fairly well at the meet, so I was pleased," said coach Bacich, in his first year at the helm of the NMHS boys' indoor program. "Our aims for this season were simply to get in some winter training, try to set the tone for outdoor track, keep things fairly loose, and have some fun."

"So taking third in the SWC is something our group can be proud of," he reflected.

John Rettenmeier made his debut as a track athlete this winter and emerged as a standout, winning Saturday's SWC titles in the long jump at 20'3" and the 300-meter run at 36.6.

He also sprinted to fourth place in the 55-meter dash to total 24 of NMHS' 57 points.

"His effort... was quite memorable," said his coach. "It's hard to believe that this is his first season."

Coach Bacich also praised the corps of middle and long distance runners who have excelled for him in cross country each autumn, including Zack Kraus, Joel Anderson, Derek Vill, Nick Grudev, Patrick Clare, Cole Rossiter and David Klein.

Heading into the state class `L' meet last night (Thursday) in New Haven, coach Bacich expected Rettenmeier, his running crew and, additionally, possibly Zane Swanson in the 600 and Wesley Marchena in the high jump to challenge for points.

"For the others," concluded coach Bacich, "getting further championship-level experience on the track will be essential."

The Green Wave girls didn't make as big a splash in their competition last Saturday but Hayleigh Wilson registered a career-best 32'10.5" in the shot put to claim the SWC title.

Lindsay Guptill displayed her versatility by earning fifth place in the high jump at 4'6" and sixth place in the 600-meter run for coach Lauren O'Leary's NMHS squad.