Mount Desert Island indoor track team members (from left) Lily Cook, Marilyn Sawyer, Emma Freudig and Grace Rodick pose for a photo with a baton during an Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet Jan. 5 at the University of Maine. The quartet finished third of 10 teams in the 4-by-200 relay. PHOTO COURTESY OF TERRI RODICK

Indoor track team competes at EMITL relays

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island indoor track team competed in its third meet of the season Saturday at the Eastern Maine Indoor Track League relays at the University of Maine.

The event pitted MDI against Bangor, Brewer, Central, Hampden Academy, Old Town and Orono at UMaine’s New Balance Fieldhouse. Although the Trojans finished fifth on the girls’ side and seventh on the boys’ side, the team still had many strong performances in the meet.

On the girls’ side, MDI enjoyed success in many of the relay events. The Trojans got second-place finishes in the 4-by-400 relay (Katelyn Osborne, Olivia Johnson, Emma Freudig and Zoe Olson) 1,600 sprint medley (Osborne, Freudig, Marilyn Sawyer and Zoe Olson) ,1,200 sprint medley (Azaria Long, Grace Rodick, Sawyer and Freudig) and 3-by-1,600 (Olivia Watson, Johnson, Grace Munger). In the 4-by-200 relay, Lily Cook, Sawyer, Freudig and Rodick earned placed third of 10.

On the boys’ side, MDI won the shot put relay with a gross distance of 119 feet, 5 1/2 inches to edge Bangor by a foot. The Trojans also had a strong performance in the 4-by-100 throwers’ relay, in which they team of Jackson Laws, Gilbert Isaacs, Ivan Andros and Archer Hill finished second to Bangor by a mere 0.18 seconds.

Individually, Isaacs won the shot put for MDI with a distance of 46 feet, 10 inches. On the girls’ side, Watson and Johnson finished a respective fourth and fifth in the 1-mile run, and Rodick placed fifth of 36 in the 55-meter dash.

This season is MDI’s first under Aaron Long, who is also the head coach of the school’s outdoor track team. Transitioning between the outdoor sunshine of the spring to the school’s dark hallways in the pit of winter hasn’t always been easy for Long, but the challenge is one he’s embraced.

“For the other coaches and myself, practicing with limited space pushes our creativity,” Long said. “It tests our ability to not only provide our athletes with quality workouts but also to keep them engaged mentally.”

MDI will be back at UMaine for its next meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The Trojans will be competing against Bangor Christian, Brewer, Bucksport, Central, Foxcroft, George Stevens Academy, John Bapst and Orono in another chance to tune up for next month’s championship meets.

“We’ve been fortunate in the past — and this season is no exception — that the athletes we have recognize the challenges,” Long said. “They come to work hard every day in spite of them.”

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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