Boys win, girls third at home track meet



BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ track team won their second outdoor meet of the year Saturday at home, scoring 165 points over 19 events. The Caribou boys were second with 140 points, and George Stevens Academy was third with 98.

The MDI girls took third place with 115 points, behind Caribou, who won with 193, and George Stevens Academy in second with 149 points.

“This team is a group of selfless individuals willing to put the group before themselves to achieve team success,” MDI head Coach Aaron Long said. “That thought process helped contribute to 80 personal best efforts throughout the team, which is absolutely incredible.”

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Croix Albee of the Mount Desert Island High School track and field team competes in a javelin throw event at a home outdoor track meet on Saturday, April 30. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Three additional athletes from MDI qualified for the PVC meet as well as the state championships to join 15 athletes who qualified last week.

The Trojan 4×800-meter relay team of Sean Murray, Ben Watson, Thorin Smith and Billy Kerley was first with its time of 9:33.17.

Senior Ryan Bender took second in the 200-meter dash with 23.38 seconds and third in the 400-meter dash with 55.36 seconds.

In the 100-meter dash, senior Isaiah Keene was seventh with a time of 12.30 seconds.

In the 4×400-meter relay, the team of Kerley, Josh Bloom, Keene and Bender was first in 3:41.29.

Smith took fifth place in the 1600-meter run with his time of 5:12.77 and was followed by Murray in 5:15.87.

Bloom was in fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles at 49.85 seconds.

The team of Chris Farnsworth, Bloom, Giovanni McKenzie and Bender won the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 47.48 seconds.

Kerley was on top in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches.

Jose Chumbe took third in long jump at 17 feet, 10.5 inches and was followed by junior Farnsworth at 17 feet, 5.5 inches.

Keene won the triple jump event with a distance of 39 feet.

Sophomore Croix Albee was on top in javelin with a throw of 157 feet, 1 inch. Evan Jeanotte was second at 148 feet, 2 inches and was followed by Keene, third, with 133 feet, 10 inches; Farnsworth, fourth with 127 feet, 11 inches and Micah Hallett, fifth with 117 feet, 10 inches.

Albee also won discus with his throw of 126 feet, 1 inch. McKenzie was second at 100 feet, 7 inches. Hallett finished in fourth place with a toss of 96 feet, 7 inches.

In shot put, Albee was first with 46 feet, 9 inches and was followed by Jeanotte, second with 41 feet, 2.5 inches and Hallett, third with 40 feet, 1 inch.

Chumbe was fourth in pole vault with 8 feet even.

“We have used the past two weeks to continue to build strength, find event niches for quite a few athletes and figure out what combination of individual events will most help the team overall when the championship season comes around,” said Long.

On the girls’ side, the 4×100-meter relay team of Lily Turner, Ashley Anderson, Adriana Novella and Paige Mason was first with its time of 53.33 seconds.

The team of Olivia Watson, Georgia Hansbury, Ava Drennan and Xingyao Chen was third in the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 12:41.67.

In the 4×400-meter relay, the team of Anderson, Novella, Sydney Kachmar and Mason was runners-up with a time of 4:35.15.

Turner won the 200-meter dash event with her time of 28.76 seconds.

In the 100-meter dash, Novella took second with 13.74 seconds, followed by Mason, third at 13.74 seconds, and Turner, fourth at 13.97 seconds.

Freshman Grace Rodick took third place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:12.65.

Anderson was fourth in the 800-meter run with a 2:47.26.

Senior Delia Hallett won in discus with her throw of 87 feet, 1 inch. Mackenzie Hanna was fourth with 80 feet, 7 inches.

In shot put, Dorothy LeMoine was on top with a distance of 32 feet, 3.5 inches. Hanna was in second place at 31 feet, 3.25 inches, followed by Riley Mooers with 30 feet, 2 inches and Alicia Norberg with 28 feet, 10.5 inches.

LeMoine took third place in javelin with a throw of 79 feet even. She was followed by Hanna with a distance of 75 feet, 4 inches.

“Over the course of the 19 events, these athletes represented themselves, their family, their school and their island with tremendous character, respect and pride,” Long said. “Track and field is a very quantifiable sport that has a way of revealing who you are as a person, so it is not surprising to me that the outstanding performances produced were on par with who these athletes are as people.”

MDI will travel to Brewer for a track meet on Saturday, May 7. Participating schools include Brewer High School, Hermon High School, Narraguagus High School and Dexter High School.

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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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