BAR HARBOR — With 74 names on this spring roster, the Mount Desert Island High School outdoor track-and-field team has its bases covered.
The sheer number of team members gives the Trojans a competitive edge going into meets, said Head Coach Aaron Long.
“There are a lot of advantages to having such a large team, and it starts with depth,” he said. “We finished the season last year with 42 kids, which left a lot of empty events that we just didn’t have the bodies to fill. We had zero girl high jumpers last year, and now we have at least four. Same with the hurdles, and they all have the potential to score points throughout the season.”
While there are many underclassmen, a number of juniors and seniors fill out this year’s roster.
Long said that the team plans to put on a show with every event. Some specific events that will be competitive throughout the season are all of the relays, the high jump, and the events in which seniors Noah Hutchinson and Giovanni McKenzie earned state titles during the indoor season: boys’ long jump and triple jump, respectively.
Senior Croix Albee, who suffered an ACL tear during football season and missed most of the winter indoor track-and-field season, is cleared to compete in his marquee event this spring – the shot put. Javelin, discus, 300-meter hurdles and a number of distance races also will be competitive.
For the girls, Tia Tardy and Ashley Anderson shot to the top of the leader boards during cross-country and indoor track seasons with their distance runs and sprints, which also will be events to watch.
“When you’re so heavily involved in the sport and truly believe in every athlete competing, it’s hard to tell someone from the outside what events to focus on,” Long said. “I would tell anyone that would like to come out to any of our track meets to stay for the entirety of the meet.”
The head coach said the team has been motivated by MDI High School’s athletic success in the fall and winter seasons, which saw the football team win the Northern Maine Class C championship, the varsity boys’ basketball team take home the Class B state title, and the boys’ indoor track-and-field team win the Class B state championship.
“We talk about possibilities on a historic level, and they want to continue the trend of the year … . We talk about our goals so that they can look to their 73 teammates and know that they have support surrounding them always,” said Long. “With that many people picking you up every day and having your back on and off the track is a tremendous accomplishment all in itself.”
The roster also includes Cassia Barnes, Ally Bender, Josh Bloom, Harley Brown, Molly Brown, Adam Burzdel, Dawson Bennett, Rylee Burns, Louise Chaplin, Jose Chumbe, Chance Closson, Mei Cook, Cameron Craig, Valerie Del Cid, Elijah Denning, Jillian Driscoll, Alex Eason, Yarrow Fabian, Chris Farnsworth, Ben Freudig, Camden Garland, Stephen Grierson, Micah Hallett, Liam Higgins, Samuel Hoff, Cadii Howell, Gilbert Isaacs, Lincoln Johnson, Oliver Johnston, Elijah Joyce, Sydney Kachmar, Colby Lee, Raisha Lipski, Sarah MacDonald, Griffin Maristany, Paige Mason, Nate Messmore, Alahna Mild, Owen Mild, Jared Mitchell, Luke Mitchell, Megan Moore, Sean Murray, Alicia Norberg, Adriana Novella, Zoe Olson, Katelyn Osborne, Calvin Partin, Gus Reeves, Deandre Reid, Nicholas Reznick, Drew Rich, Jake Ritter, Grace Rodick, Julia Rush, Thorin Smith, Marissa Springer, Bri Sumner, Jenee Tardy, Tia Tardy, Lily Turner, Zeke Veilleux, Olivia Watson, Ceileigh Weaver, Isaac Weaver, Erin White, Evan White and Evelyn Zumwalt.
MDI will host the first regular meet of the season on Saturday, April 22, beginning at noon.