Mount Desert Island High School runners, from left, Hannah St. Amand, Grace Munger and Olivia Watson compete Saturday in the first meet of the high school indoor track season. PHOTO COURTESY OF TERRY RODICK

Girls second, boys fourth at track season opener



ORONO — The Mount Desert Island High School girls’ track team finished second among eight schools at the PVC-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet at the University of Maine on Saturday.

The MDI boys’ team finished fourth among seven schools.

The Bangor High School team won both the girls’ and boys’ meets.

It was the first meet for many members of the young MDI team, coach Aaron Long said.

“We need to continue gaining experience week by week, and learning from the positive and negative lessons we encounter,” he said. “If we do those things, we are a very talented group and that could lead to a very special season. The good news is that whether or not we choose to learn is something we can control, and I’m confident in this teams’ ability to make the right decisions.”

Standout performances by members of the MDI team included a first-place finish by Zoe Olson in the girls’ one-mile run with a time of 5:53.19. That was 33 seconds faster than the second-place runner. MDI’s Lexi Simard came in third.

Katelyn Osborne, Olivia Watson, Olivia Johnson and Zoe Olson won the girls’ 4×800 relay. They outpaced the second-place Bangor High School relay runners by 31 seconds.

In the girls’ 800-meter run, Katelyn Osborne finished second, Grace Munger third, Hannah St. Amand fifth and Olivia Johnson sixth.

MDI’s Ieuan Howell came in second in the boys’ 800-meter run.

Elijah Denning was second and Ben Freudig third in the boys’ pole vault.

Deandre Reid soared to a second-place finish in the boys’ high jump.

In the girls’ two-mile run, MDI’s Olivia Watson, Grace Munger and Hannah St. Amand finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.

MDI boys and girls both finished third in the 4×200-meter relays. Israel del Orbe de la Cruz, Elijah Denning, Ben Freudig and Sam Keblinsky made up the boys’ foursome. The girls were Lily Cook, Azaria Long, Emma Freudig and Grace Rodick.

In the shot put, MDI’s Teressa Rozenski came in fifth among the girls and Deandre Reid and Jackson Laws finished fourth and fifth respectively in the boys’ event.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. dbroom@mdislander.com

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