Members of the MDI cross-country team take off in the MDI High School Cross-Country Trail Race on Saturday. Sixty-two people competed in the race, which circled Little Long Pond. PHOTO COURTESY OF DESIREE SIROIS

Cross-country team hosts trail race

BAR HARBOR — Sixty-two runners competed in the trail race hosted Saturday by the Mount Desert Island High School cross-country team.

A new venue, Little Long Pond in Seal Harbor, was chosen for this year’s race. With the view of Bracy Cove and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance, runners competed on a 3.91-mile course looping around the pond.

“The air was cool and crisp with an ocean breeze, which signaled fall racing season had arrived,” coach Desiree Sirois said. “[The course] was a spectacular combination of natural beauty and rolling terrain.”

Members of the cross-country team and the general public ran the race together. Proceeds from the event benefit the cross-country program.

Bar Harbor’s Judson Cake was the overall race winner, finishing with a time of 22 minutes, 56 seconds. Dylan Brann of Mount Desert crossed the finish line in 23:31 to place second.

Rebeccah Geib of Mount Desert finished as the top women’s runner with a time of 26:56. MDI senior Katelyn Osborne took second on the women’s side with a time of 28:34.

The event also featured a kid’s race, which was held on a shorter loop of 1.2 miles along the pond’s boathouse and carriage roads. Tyson Long of Mount Desert was the top boys’ finisher, and Lolie Ellis came across as the No. 1 girl.

The Trojans’ first competitive meet of the 2019 cross-country season, the George Stevens Academy Invitational, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in Blue Hill.

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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