BREWER — The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ and girls’ track teams were runners-up at the outdoor meet on Saturday, May 7, at Brewer.
The Lady Trojans scored a total of 104 points over 19 events, behind Brewer High School with 334. The boys’ team notched 141 points and was also behind Brewer with 256.
“It was our first time competing away from home this season, and with that sometimes comes a bit of uncertainty. New jumping pits, throwing areas, bus travel and other logistics create an additional layer to prepare for both mentally and physically,” said MDI head Coach Aaron Long. “Overall, we had a great day. It was another great set of performances by the boys’ and girls’ teams.”
MDI sophomore Ashley Anderson won the 200-meter dash with her time of 27.40 seconds. Paige Mason finished third in 29.21 seconds, and Lily Turner was fifth with 29.41. Anderson took first in the 400-meter dash as well with 1:04.96, and freshman Sydney Kachmar was fifth with 1:07.85.
Trojan sophomore Adriana Novella was second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.63 seconds. Mason took fifth with 13.76 and was followed by Turner at 13.86 seconds.
In the 4×100-meter relay, the team of Turner, Anderson, Novella and Mason set a new school record with their winning time of 51.61 seconds.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Abby Moon, Georgia Hansbury, Ava Drennan and Olivia Watson finished in third place with a time of 12:29.17.
Sophomore Dorothy LeMoine was second in shot put with a distance of 30 feet, 10.5 inches. Riley Mooers finished third at 29 feet, 7.5 inches, Alicia Norberg was fourth with 29 feet, 1.75 inches and Delia Hallett took sixth place with 26 feet, 11.5 inches.
Hallett was second in discus with her throw of 82 feet, 2 inches. LeMoine was third with 82 feet, 1 inch.
Sophomore Megan Moore took second place in the javelin with a throw of 86 feet, 2 inches. Mooers was fourth at 79 feet, 9 inches and Hallett, fifth, with 79 feet, 7 inches.
MDI junior Ceileigh Weaver was seventh in long jump with a leap of 13 feet, 3 inches.
“There was a great competition all day in each event,” Long reflected. “Any time one member of the team started to falter, there was a teammate there to help pick them back up and continue pushing.”
On the boys’ side, senior Ryan Bender won the 100-meter dash event with his time of 11.78 seconds. He won the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.38 seconds.
Bender also took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.67 seconds. Sophomore Griffin Maristany was fourth with 56.67 seconds.
Sean Murray took third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.93. He was followed by freshman Thorin Smith at 2:22.42.
Smith was second in the 1600-meter run with his time of 2:58.23. Murray finished fifth with a time of 5:03.21.
Junior Josh Bloom was second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.70 seconds.
In the 4×100-meter relay, the team of Chris Farnsworth, Billy Kerley, Giovanni McKenzie and Isaiah Keene was second with a time of 47.51 seconds.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Maristany, Bloom, Keene and Bender was on top with 3:41.43.
Kerley was first in high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches. Keene was on top in triple jump at 40 feet, 3 inches. McKenzie was third with 37 feet, 5 inches.
Sophomore Jose Chumbe was fifth in long jump at 18 feet, 10.5 inches.
Croix Albee placed second in discus with his throw of 120 feet, 2 inches and fifth in shot put with 48 feet, 6.75 inches.
Albee was on top in javelin with 157 feet, 1 inch. Senior Evan Jeanotte took third place with 140 feet, 1 inch. Keene was fifth with 134 feet, 10 inches.
At Saturday’s meet, Long said the team demonstrated several instances and performances that made the entire coaching staff proud. “Probably none made that more true than near the end of the meet when another coach [Assistant Coach Jennifer VanDongen] and I were approached by a meet official,” Long said. He wanted to thank the MDI coaches for “having such a nice, polite and courteous team.”
According to Long, he raved about how the members of the Trojan team conducted themselves with such “responsibility and maturity” that he just had to come say something.
“For me personally, the words of the official were the highlight of the day.”
MDI track and field team is set to travel to Old Town for an outdoor track meet on Friday, May 13. Participating schools include Brewer High School, Old Town High School, Orono High School and Madison High School.