Members of the Mount Desert Island High School boys’ and girls’ track teams pose with their awards after coming in first and second place, respectively, at the state finals in Lewiston on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF WENDY COPSON HIGGINS

MDI High track team makes history



LEWISTON — Saturday’s Class B track-and-field state championship meet at Bates College was one for the record books for the Mount Desert Island High School boys’ team. It won the Class B state title for the first time in school history.
The girls from MDI took second place.
The MDI boys finished the meet nearly 20 points ahead of runner-up Greely High School, while the girls finished nine points behind Greely.
Senior Giovanni McKenzie came off his Penobscot Valley Conference Championship win in the triple jump by taking the individual state title with a length of 42 feet, eight inches. Noah Hutchinson clinched the state championship in the long jump by clearing 6 feet, two inches.
Tia Tardy won two state championship titles for the second year in a row. She took first in the 1-mile run in 5:04.95, shaving off nearly five seconds from her 5:10.46 run in 2016. Tardy did it again in the 800-meter run, earning the state title in 2:18.58. She won last year’s event in 2:23.24. In the 2-mile, Tardy came in second in 11:43.69, behind Yarmouth High School’s Abby Hamilton in 11:21.24.
Ashley Anderson won her first state title in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.54 seconds. She came in second place in the 55-meter dash in 7.53 seconds and finished third in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.6.
Many other Trojans finished as first runners-up.
Griffin Maristany took second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.35 seconds, his personal best time.
Less than a hundredth of a second came between first and second place for the boys’ 4×200-meter relay team made up of Liam Higgins, Maristany, Josh Bloom and Jose Chumbe. The Trojans finished second in 1:37.05, behind first-place finishers Old Town High School in 1:36.81.
In the shot put, Micah Hallett threw for 40 feet, 10.25 inches to finish in second place.
Head Coach Bradley Witham said that even though the boys were seeded to win it all, they knew nothing was guaranteed.
“Before the meet, I told the team that no matter what it says on paper, nothing is guaranteed,” he said. “If we can do well, even better than we are expected to do, then we will need some breakthrough performances for us to have it in the bag.”
The coach said those breakthrough performances came from the shot putters, who were seeded to put up seven points but managed to score 12 points.
Along with Hallett, sophomores Samuel Hoff and Gilbert Isaacs made it into the final round of competition and were able to put up some unexpected points for the boys.
“Their scores were really, really important to have us clinch the win, and that’s what I like to see,” Witham said.
He also commended the boys’ relay team for handling the pressure that can come with that event.
“It was really a fight to the finish, and the race was contested until the last 20 or so feet,” said Witham. “The relay can be one of the most unnerving races, and they performed strongly.”
While the Maine indoor track season has ended, several team members will continue on in the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 4 in Roxbury, Mass.
Tardy, Anderson, Maristany, Hutchinson and the relay team will race in that competition.
Tardy will run the 1-mile at the New Balance Nationals at the Armory in New York, N.Y., on March 10. Higgins also will compete in nationals for his time as a freshman in the 400-meter dash.
Witham said he is sad to see the three seniors – McKenzie, Bloom and Tardy – leave after this season, but that the younger crop of runners will prove to keep the program at an elite level.
“I am very proud of everyone,” said Witham. “This is the best year I’ve ever had, and as a coach, I couldn’t ask for anything more from a team.
“Everyone came together to get here.”

Boys

Boys 400-meter dash
2. Griffin Maristany, 52.35
5. Liam Higgins, 53.95

Boys 800-meter run
5. Josh Bloom, 2:05.72

Boys 200-meter dash
4. Griffin Maristany, 23.70
15. Jose Chumbe, 24.76

Boys 2-mile run
10. Nicholas Reznick, 11:14.08

Boys 4×200-meter relay
2. MDI: Liam Higgins, Griffin Maristany, Josh Bloom, Jose Chumbe, 1:37.05

Boys shot put
2. Micah Hallett, 40-10.25
5. Samuel Hoff, 40-01.50
7. Gilbert Isaacs, 39-09.00
9. Jose Chumbe, 18-02.25

Boys triple jump
1. Giovanni McKenzie, 42-08.00

Boys high jump
1. Noah Hutchinson, 6-02.00

Girls

Girls 55-meter dash
2. Ashley Anderson, 7.53

Girls 1-mile run
1. Tia Tardy, 5:04.95
7. Zoe Olson, 5:49.14

Girls 400-meter dash
3. Ashley Anderson, 1:01.16

Girls 800-meter run
1. Tia Tardy, 2:18.58
9. Zoe Olson, 2:37.23

Girls 200-meter dash
1. Ashley Anderson, 26.54

Girls 2-mile run
2. Tia Tardy, 11:43.69

Girls 4×200-meter relay
14. MDI: Lily Turner, Marissa Springer, Zoe Olson, Allyson Bender, 2:00.98

Girls shot put
9. Dorothy Lemoine, 29-07.00

This post has been updated from its original version.

Taylor Bigler Mace

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Taylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. tbigler@mdislander.com
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