BAR HARBOR — It was worth the wait for the Mount Desert Island High School outdoor track-and-field team and its fans after the opening meet of the season scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to weather.
On a clear and crisp afternoon on Monday in Bar Harbor, the MDI boys came in first place with 209 points, well ahead of Orono High School with 187; John Bapst Memorial High School, 99; Sumner Memorial High School, 20; Narraguagus High School, 19; and Central High School, 14.
The girls from MDI finished fourth with 73 points, behind Orono with 151 points; Central, 118; and John Bapst, 114. Narraguagus, Penquis Valley High School, Sumner and Piscataquis Community High School rounded out the top eight.
The boys’ 4×800-meter relay team, made up of Nicholas Reznick, Calvin Partin, Stephen Grierson and Oliver Johnston took first place in nine minutes, 14.33 seconds, ahead of Orono’s Jonathan Steelman, William O’Neil, Jonny Spencer and Layton Liu in 9:16.35.
Liam Higgins, Owen Mild, Griffin Maristany and Josh Bloom won the 4×400-meter relay in three minutes, 42.1 seconds, more than 15 seconds ahead of Orono’s Tony Manev, Matt Kersey, O’Neil and Keenan Collett in 3:57.68.
In the first track meet of his career, MDI senior Drew Rich came from behind to win the boys’ mile in five minutes, 2.58 seconds, ahead of Orono’s Steelman in 5:02.65.
Senior Noah Hutchinson took the top spot in the boys’ 400-meter dash in 54.18 seconds.
In the boys’ 800-meter run, MDI claimed first and second place with Higgins finishing in two minutes, 11.57 seconds, followed by sophomore Thorin Smith in 2:12.90.
Elijah Joyce came in second in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.12 second behind Orono’s Steven Nelson in 16.76.
Bloom finished second in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.34 seconds, behind Orono’s Collett in 42.74 seconds.
The MDI boys showed their depth by competing in 14 out of 19 events and putting up high marks in field events.
Hutchinson finished first in the high jump with a six-foot jump, followed by Rich in second place with a five foot, 10-inch jump.
Rich also finished fourth in the long jump with a reach of 18 feet, seven inches.
MDI rocked the javelin throw with Joyce, Chris Farnsworth, Micah Hallett and Gus Reeves finishing in the top four.
Farnsworth also took the No. 2 spot in the triple jump with a reach of 39 feet, 3.75 inches, behind John Bapst’s Alvaro Manclus with a jump 39 feet, 9.5 inches.
Croix Albee and Samuel Hoff finished second and third in the discus with throws of 141 feet, 11 inches and 135 feet, nine inches, respectively. Albee and Hoff also took second and third in the shot put, followed by Hallett and Gilbert Isaacs.
The MDI girls shined during the relay events.
Lily Turner, Grace Rodick, Ashley Anderson and Allyson Bender claimed the top spot in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 53.66 seconds, ahead of Orono’s Kaeli Gaetjen, Isabel Henderson, Brinsley Chasse and Camille Kohtala in 55.13 seconds.
The 4×800-meter relay team made up of Katelyn Osborne, Erin White, Olivia Watson and Zoe Olson took second place with a time of 11 minutes, 43.25 seconds, behind Orono’s Rebecca Lopez-Anido, Jenna Gaetjen, Marta Eringhaus and Heather Van Dolman in 11:12.28.
Bender, Sydney Kachmar, Alahna Mild and Anderson finished second in the 4×400-meter relay in four minutes, 38.04 seconds behind Orono’s Kassidy Dill, Kohtala, Hannah Steelman and Lopez-Anido in 4:21.18.
Bender came in second in the 300-meter hurdles in 57.11 seconds, just behind Orono’s Chasse in 56.64 seconds.
Anderson finished third in the 800-meter run in a time of two minutes, 41.32 seconds, with Lopez-Anido finishing first in 2:24.03 and Dill taking second in 2:25.59.
In the field events, Megan Moore finished first in the javelin throw with 93 feet, five inches.
Erin White took second place in the high jump with a reach of four feet, eight inches.
The Trojans will host Saturday’s meet set for noon against Caribou High School, Mattanawcook Academy, Narraguagus High School, Old Town High School and Fort Kent Community High School.