Members of the Mount Desert Island track and field team cheer on Owen Mild as he enters the final turn of the 4x400 relay on April 29 in Bar Harbor. Mild was one of 15 MDI seniors recognized at the team’s Senior Day meet. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTINE MILD

MDI track and field tops meet

BAR HARBOR — Competing at home for the final time this year Saturday, the Mount Desert Island High School track and field team didn’t hold back.

MDI capped off the day’s Senior Day festivities in perfect fashion as the Trojans claimed boys’ and girls’ team victories at their second home meet of the season. The results marked a rewarding day for a senior-laden squad that looks set for a promising next few weeks.

“This is a special group of seniors, no question,” Coach Aaron Long said. “While they understand we have bigger goals in mind, there is no question that each of them pushed a little more at their last opportunity to compete at home.”

Fifteen MDI seniors and their parents took part in Senior Day events prior to the meet. Senior boys Croix Albee, Colby Butler, Jose Chumbe, Micah Hallett, Billy Kerley, Colby Lee, Griffin Maristany, Nate Messmoore and Owen Mild were recognized. On the girls’ team, Ashley Anderson, Dori LeMoine, Alahna Mild, Alicia Norberg, Adriana Novella and Bri Sumner were recognized.

Although MDI runners of all classes provided the team with key victories, it was the seniors who carried the day. Maristany led the way for the boys’ squad on the track with wins in the 200- and 400-meter dashes and ran the third leg of the team’s 4×400 relay win. Chumbe won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 4.93 seconds.

“I’ve always been impressed by the efforts and results [our seniors] have produced over the years,” Long said. “It was really nice, if unsurprising, for them to compete like they did.”

In the field, Albee swept the javelin throw, discus throw and shot put for the third week in a row. Nonseniors to win events for MDI were Elijah Joyce (110- and 300-meter hurdles), Stephen Grierson (800-meter run) and Calvin Partin (pole vault).

On the girls’ side, senior Anderson ran the 100-meter dash in 12.60 seconds to earn the win. She was part of MDI’s winning 4×100 relay team along with Mild and Novella and freshman Marilyn Sawyer and part of the 4×400 relay team with Mild, Mei Cook and Emma Freudig.

LeMoine won the discus throw and shot put for MDI and took second place in the javelin throw. Nonseniors to win events for the girls’ team were Sawyer (200-meter dash), Zoe Olson (800- and 1,600-meter runs) and Adria Horton (pole vault).

Long also lauded Olivia Johnson and Jillian Driscoll for posting personal bests. Johnson finished second in the 800-meter run (2:36.98) and third in the 1,600-meter run (5:57.08), and Driscoll placed second in the triple jump, competing in the event for just the second time.

The team’s next meet will be held in Ellsworth on Saturday, May 5, at noon. Competing with the Trojans and Eagles are Bangor, Foxcroft, Greenville, Hermon, Houlton, Narraguagus, Piscataquis, Fort Fairfield and Washburn.

“Reviewing the results from the teams competing at Ellsworth tells me will we will have our hands full with the competition,” Long said. “There are a lot of athletes in pretty much every event that we will be challenged by, and how we respond to those challenges will be very telling as to what sort of team we are this season.”

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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