Senior Isaiah Keene of the Mount Desert Island High School track team competes in the triple jump at an outdoor track meet on Saturday, April 23. Keene won the event with 38 feet, 11 inches. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

Boys win, girls 4th at home



BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ track team won their first outdoor meet of the season on Saturday at home with 149 points in 18 events. The Presque Isle boys were second with 96 points, followed by John Bapst with 85 and George Stevens Academy with 82.

The MDI girls took fourth place with 66 points, behind George Stevens Academy, who won with 131, John Bapst was second with 107, and Presque Isle was third with 76.

The Trojan teams collectively recorded 72 personal best performances and qualified 15 athletes for the PVC meet as well as 13 for the state championships.

“Overall, the performances on both the boys’ and girls’ side were outstanding,” MDI head Coach Aaron Long said.

According to Long, with the track meet scheduled for the end of spring break, it was an opportunity for the young team not only to begin the season at home, but also to have a “soft opening.”

The MDI team was missing several athletes who were “competing in unfamiliar or over-distance events that fell more in line with where their training has taken them.” But, he said, the Trojans “made a conscious effort to rise to the occasion and absolutely met the challenges head on.”

Senior Ryan Bender won the 100-meter dash with his time of 11.64 seconds, was runner-up in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.57 and second in 300-meter hurdles with 47.27 seconds.

The relay team of Chris Farnsworth, Josh Bloom, Giovanni McKenzie and Bender took first place in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 47.34 seconds.

The team of Billy Kerley, Bloom, Isaiah Keene and Bender was on top in the 4×400-meter relay event with their time of 3:42.59.

Senior Keene won the triple jump event with a distance of 38 feet, 11 inches.

Croix Albee was first in javelin with 143 feet, 3 inches. Keene took second with 139 feet, 11 inches and was followed by Farnsworth at 130 feet, 7 inches, Evan Jeanotte with 126 feet, 6 inches and Micah Hallett at 123 feet.

Keene took fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.40 seconds, and Kerley was sixth in 25.47.

In high jump, Kerley placed second with a jump of 5 feet, 8 inches. Farnsworth was second in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 11.75 inches.

Albee placed first in discus with a toss of 131 feet, 11 inches. He also was on top in shot put at 47 feet, one-half inch.

Jeanotte took second in shot put with a distance of 39 feet, 10.75 inches, followed by Hallett at 38 feet, 4.5 inches.

On the girls’ side, Ashley Anderson won the 100-meter dash with her time of 13.49 seconds.

The 4×100-relay team of Lily Turner, Anderson, Adriana Novella and Paige Mason were on top with a time of 52.50 seconds.

Novella placed first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.47 seconds and was followed by Turner in 28.48.

In the 1600-meter run, Olivia Watson was fifth with a time of 7:21.59.

Addie Beal was fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 25 feet, 5.5 inches.

Dorothy LeMoine was third in shot put with a toss of 30 feet, followed by Riley Mooers with 28 feet, 6.25 inches.

Delia Hallett took fourth in discus with a toss of 86 feet, 6 inches.

According to Long, his squad is still in their “strength phase” and higher repetitions, longer distances and some new techniques have helped them build a strong foundation.

One of their foremost goals he said is “to be better then we were yesterday.”

“I believe we have a very strong team. We are, however, still a very young team overall. That lack of experience is something that we will earn as the season progresses, but I’ve learned quickly that these young student-athletes are game to prove they belong with the conference and state elite,” Long said. “It is an incredibly exciting time to be part of our team.”

MDI is hosting a home meet this Saturday, April 30. Participating schools include: George Stevens Academy, Hermon High School, Sumner, Washington Academy and Caribou.

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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