Elijah Joyce of the Mount Desert Island High School track team clears a hurdle during the boys’ 300-meter hurdles May 4 in Ellsworth. The MDI boys took second place Saturday in Ellsworth and won Monday’s home meet. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Boys win home track meet

ELLSWORTH — Two meets in three days marked a fast start to the month of May for the Mount Desert Island High School track team as the Trojans competed Saturday in Ellsworth and Monday on their home track.

MDI took second on the boys’ side and third on the girls’ side over the weekend in a very competitive meet at Ellsworth’s Del Luce Stadium. Competing in their first home meet of the season two days later, Aaron Long’s boys’ team placed first as the girls took second.

“We have young team, and that makes those improvements from meet to meet really important for us,” Long said following Saturday’s meet. “We got some important practices under our belt leading up to this meet, and that helped us deliver a lot of good results.”

MDI wasn’t originally scheduled to participate in the Ellsworth meet, but the Trojans’ plans changed when Friday’s meet in Bucksport was postponed to coincide with their home meet Monday in Bar Harbor. In order to stick to their schedule of one weekend meet and one Monday afternoon meet, the Trojans were a last-minute addition in Ellsworth.

Mount Desert Island High School junior Zoe Olson competes in the girls’ 1,600-meter run as assistant coach Desiree Sirois cheers her on during a May 4 track meet in Ellsworth. Olson won the event with a time of 5 minutes, 39.06 seconds. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

The MDI girls got relay wins in the 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 and individual wins from Marilyn Sawyer (200-meter dash) and Zoe Olson (1,600-meter run). Gilbert Isaacs won the discus throw and shot put for the boys with distances of 132 feet, 5 inches and 49 feet, 3 inches, respectively.

The Trojans’ 4-by-400 performance Saturday was particularly impressive; with a time of 4 minutes, 39.18 seconds, Olson, Olivia Johnson, Grace Munger and Katelyn Osborne finished 12.92 seconds ahead of second-place Ellsworth and 33.04 seconds ahead of third-place Caribou.

“That’s an event that we have a lot pride in,” Long said. “You have the Trojan Turn going on, so our team is loud and full of energy as they get around that corner. With those four girls, you have a group of kids who are all really good long-distance runners because they have natural speed.”

On Monday, the Trojans hosted Central, Narraguagus, Old Town, Penquis Valley and Sumner. The MDI boys racked up 208 1/2 points to finish 89 ahead of second-place Old Town, and the girls fought the Coyotes to the wire before settling for the runner-up spot.

Jon Genrich won the 3,200-meter run for MDI in Bar Harbor with a time of 11 minutes, 28.98 seconds. Yet the boys’ team’s biggest performances came in the field, where Gilbert Isaacs (distance throw and shot put), Deandre Reid (high jump), Jackson Laws (javelin throw) and Ben Freudig (pole vault) all earned first-place finishes.

The MDI girls’ earned home wins from Sawyer (300-meter hurdles), Olson (800-meter run), Hannah St. Amand (1,600-meter run), Johnson (3,200-meter run) and Adria Horton (pole vault). The Trojans mixed it up in the 4-by-400 relay with St. Amand and Emma Freudig replacing Johnson and Osborne, but the team finished in 4:42.52 to win the event once again.

MDI will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 10, when it hosts Bucksport, George Stevens Academy, Hermon and Washington Academy in its second of three home meets this year. The Trojans are set to host the Hancock County championships at that time next Friday, May 10.

“It’s a lot of track and field in a short amount of time, but it is what it is,” Long said. “If we just worry about staying focused and getting better with every meet, we’re going to set yourself up to be successful.”

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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