Anderson sets record, Trojans sweep shot put



BAR HARBOR — Ashley Anderson of the Mount Desert Island High School track team set a high school facility record for the University of Maine New Balance field house in the 200-meter dash Saturday. At the same meet, MDI boys swept the top six places in the shot put.

Ashley Anderson. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Anderson’s record time in the 200-meter dash was 26.22 seconds. She was also the winner of the 55-meter dash with her time of 7.47 seconds.

“It was only a matter of time for her,” Witham said. “She’s been chasing records all season long and has been phenomenal running those shorter distances.”

Croix Albee claimed first place in shot put with a distance of 50 feet, 8-3/4 inches. Teammates Samuel Hoff, Gilbert Isaacs, Micah Hallett, Adam Burdzel and Chance Closson finished in second through sixth.

“That wasn’t expected at all,” Coach Brad Witham said. “I think the only other time I’ve seen something like that happen is in cross-country. To do it in indoor track in an event like the shot put is pretty incredible.”

The boys’ team finished second overall in the meet, and the girls’ team finished fifth.

Of the 10 teams participating on the boys’ side, only Hampden Academy bested MDI’s total of 91 points.

In the boys’ 800-meter run, Thorin Smith, Oliver Johnston and Jose Chumbe placed second, third and fourth, respectively. Matt Perconti recorded a combined distance of 37 feet, 8-1/2 inches in the triple jump to earn second place.

Zoe Olson finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1 minute, 5.29 seconds. Her 2-mile run time of 13:22.58 earned her fifth place for MDI, which placed fifth overall as a team with 48 points.

MDI is scheduled to return to the University of Maine for its sixth meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m. The Trojans will compete against Bangor, Brewer, Central, George Stevens Academy, Old Town and Orono.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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