Boys 6th, girls 12th at home



BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School hosted the state Class B track championships Saturday. The boys’ team placed sixth with 39 points, tying with Gray-New Gloucester. The MDI girls’ team placed 12th with 22 points.

Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft came in first out of 26 in the boys’ contest with 71 points. York High School bested the other 26 teams in the girls’ contest with 68 points.

Junior Chris Farnsworth carries the baton in the first leg of the boys’ 4x100-meter relay. The team came in eighth in the event. The boys came in sixth overall, and the girls placed 12th. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Junior Chris Farnsworth carries the baton in the first leg of the boys’ 4×100-meter relay. The team came in eighth in the event. The boys came in sixth overall, and the girls placed 12th. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

MDI senior Ryan Bender competed in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, placing second in all of the contests with times of 11.31 seconds, 22.87 seconds and 50.87 seconds.

Bender also broke the previous school records in the 100-meter and 200-meter, beating a record set by Trojan Brandon Murphy in 2013, who ran with a time of 11.4 seconds in the 100-meter. Murphy set a record of 22.88 seconds in the 200-meter last year.

MDI sophomore Croix Albee placed fourth in boys’ shot put with 45 feet, one-half inch. He also placed fifth in the boys’ discus with a toss of 138 feet, 8 inches, and sixth in the boys’ javelin with a throw of 150 feet, 6 inches.

In the girls’ 4×100-meter relay, the team of Lily Turner, Ashley Anderson, Adriana Novella and Paige Mason placed second with a time of 51.3 seconds, breaking a school record of 51.61 seconds set by them earlier in the season.

Anderson placed second in the 100-meter and third in the 200-meter with times of 12.78 seconds and 26.68 seconds.

“Our team found a way to peak on the season’s biggest stage,” Coach Aaron Long said in a statement. “We had a lot of lifetime best performances. … The coaches and I placed the team in a position where they needed to run faster, throw farther or jump higher than they have in their entire life, and they absolutely responded by doing just that.”

“As a coach, you cannot hope for more than that. I, for one, could not be more proud,” he added.

The girls 4×100-team runners, Anderson and Bender qualified for the New England Regionals to be held June 11 in New Britain, Conn. Anderson will compete in the 100-meter, while Bender will compete in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events.

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