ELLSWORTH — After beginning the 2018 season with two strong meets from the confines of Bar Harbor, the Mount Desert Island High School track and field team showed it can be just as formidable away from home.
Even in a loaded field with teams from all three class levels, the Trojans emerged as one of the best Saturday at Ellsworth High School.
The MDI boys were the winners of the meet, and the girls were runners-up, marking the third straight week with at least one overall team win.
“It’s one repetition, one practice and one meet at a time,” MDI Head Coach Aaron Long said. “We have got some progress still to be made in some areas, but now we’re able to look back and see the steady improvement made over the past three weeks and use that to help steer us and give us confidence moving forward.”
For the boys’ team, junior Elijah Joyce and seniors Owen Mild, Griffin Maristany and Colby Lee put forth the day’s most historic performance. The team of four completed the 4×100 relay in 44.92 seconds to finish first and set a new team record in the event.
“The weather and wind cooperated, and they were clean through each of the exchange zones,” Long said of the record-setting performance. “The rest was just a matter of running fast, and these guys do that really well.”
Lee and Mild gave the Trojans another relay win later in the day when they joined Jose Chumbe and Stephen Grierson in the 4×400 relay. The team finished with a time of 3 minutes, 41.48 seconds to edge Hermon in a tight race.
In the 400-meter dash, Maristany edged Mild by a mere 0.17 seconds as the duo finished first and second. Croix Albee had another solid day for the Trojans in the field with discus throw and shot put wins and a second-place effort in the javelin throw.
MDI also earned a number of team and individual wins on the girls’ side. The Trojans’ relay squad of Katelyn Osborne, Olivia Watson, Olivia Johnson and Zoe Olson opened the meet with a win in the 4×800 relay, and Alahna Mild, Marilyn Sawyer, Adriana Novella and Ashley Anderson claimed first in the 4×100 relay.
Individually, Anderson and Olson provided two wins each for MDI. Anderson posted times of 12.59 seconds and 25.85 seconds to win the 100- and 200-meter dashes, respectively, and Olson claimed both the 400-meter run and the 800-meter dash with finishes of 1:03.84 and 2:32.93. Senior Dori LeMoine added a win in the field for the Trojans, whose 137 points were second only to Caribou’s 162.
The next meet for the Trojans will be at Bangor High School on Friday, May 11, at 3:30 p.m. That will mark the team’s final meet before the start of championship season, which begins the following week with the Hancock County championships in Bucksport.
“Quite simply, we need to keep swinging,” Long said. “Those [championship] meets are where our goals are set. There will be some athletes that are on the borderline of qualifying for those championships, and we’ll make sure they have every opportunity to be at their best in order to hit those qualifying marks.”