BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ and girls’ track and field teams got off to exceptional starts to their 2018 seasons at Saturday’s home meet.
The Trojans earned a decisive win on the boys’ side with 217.5 points, 107 more than the closest competitor, John Bapst. MDI fought John Bapst and Central to the wire on the girls’ side before settling for third place with 126 points.
Five different team members added individual wins for MDI on the track. Elijah Joyce (110-meter hurdles), Owen Mild (400-meter dash), Jose Chumbe (800-meter run), Stephen Grierson (1,600-meter run) and Cody Parker (3,200-meter run) topped their respective podiums for the Trojans.
The Trojans also added two team wins in the track portion of the event. Joyce, Mild, Griffin Maristany and Colby Lee led the team to victory in the 4×100 relay with a time of 45.73 seconds, and Chumbe, Parker, Maristany and Jon Genrich won the 4×400 relay with a time of 4:01.73.
Yet it was the throwing events in which the team’s dominance was at its peak. The Trojans took four of the top five spots in the javelin throw and earned sweeps of the top five and top six in the shot put and discus throw, respectively. Senior Croix Albee won all three events for MDI.
“Our throwing group is definitely the most experienced in terms of age and number of meets they’ve competed in both indoors and outdoors,” team Coach Aaron Long said. “They buy into our team philosophy of ‘swing the hammer.’ It’s basically a blue-collar approach to come to work every day, no matter what.”
On the girls’ side, MDI posted two individual wins and two team wins. Ashley Anderson (200-meter dash) and Zoe Olson (3,200-meter run) recorded individual victories. The Trojans’ also won the 4×100 relay (Anderson, Alahna Mild, Marilyn Sawyer and Adriana Novella) and added another in the 4×400 (Anderson, Mild, Olson and Katelyn Osborne).
Senior Dori LeMoine had a standout day for MDI in the field with wins in the javelin throw and shot put. She finished third in the discus throw with a distance of 75 feet, 6 inches.
MDI, which finished second at the boys’ state championships and third at the girls’ state championships last year, has high hopes once again in 2018. Saturday’s team performance was just the first step on what the Trojans hope is another successful season.
“Our primary goals for the season reside at the PVC and state championship meets,” Long said. “We use these early meets in a variety of ways to prepare ourselves as individuals and as a team to be at our best at those championship meets.”
The team will be host another meet on Saturday, April 28, at noon. Mattanawcook Academy, Narraguagus, Penquis Valley, Presque Isle, Fort Kent and Washington Academy will make the trip to Bar Harbor for that contest, and although Long’s team started the season on a positive note, there’s always room for improvement.
“As I told the team after the meet, April 21 cannot be our finished product if we want to accomplish the things we say we do,” Long said. “It was merely establishing the foundation, and now we’re starting on the framework.”