Holiday season meets a ‘soft opening’ for track



BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ and girls’ track teams finished fifth and fourth, respectively, in their second Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet of the 2018-19 regular season Saturday at the University of Maine.

“With the start of the season being over the holidays, it’s kind of like a ‘soft opening,’” coach Aaron Long said. “We have had some kids on vacation who missed the first meet or the second meet or, in some cases, both meets. So we haven’t yet competed as a full team so far this season.

“That said, we’ve competed well and have made a lot of great progress from the first meet to the second. There is still plenty of season still to go. Our goal is to be at our best in February, and I believe we are on target to do just that.”

The Trojan boys finished fifth of eight teams behind Old town, Hermon, Brewer and Central. With 25 points, MDI beat out Sumner, Bangor Christian and John Bapst.

The MDI boys finished with two individual wins and one relay win. The individual triumph came courtesy of Elijah Denning and Gilbert Isaacs in the pole vault and shot put, respectively. The four-person team of Isaacs, Jackson Laws, Xander Amuso and Ivan Andros later earned a win in the 4-by-100 throwers’ relay.

MDI placed fourth on the girls’ side behind Brewer and John Bapst. The Trojans’ 49 points placed them ahead of Central, Penquis Valley, Hermon and Sumner.

In the 800-meter run, Zoe Olson delivered an individual win for the Trojans with a time of 2:27.93. That effort was nearly five full seconds better than the second-place finisher, Brewer’s Olivia Mosca.

In the mile run, MDI’s Olivia Watson (third place), Grace Munger (fourth) and Hannah St. Amand (fifth) all placed in the top half of the field. Other notable finishers for the MDI girls were Grace Rodick (fourth, 200-meter dash) and Lily Cook (third, shot put).

The lone team win of the day for the MDI girls came in the final event, in which Maddie Buzzell, Teressa Rozenski, Acadia Jones and Regitze Jacobsen teamed up for a first-place effort in the 4-by-100 throwers’ relay. The quartet finished with a time of 1 minute, 6.34 seconds to beat out Old town by 0.39 seconds.

MDI’s next meet will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. The Trojans will be competing against Bangor, Brewer, George Stevens Academy, Hampden Academy, Old Town and Orono at UMaine.

 

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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.

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