The Mount Desert Island High School girls’ cross-country team came in first place at the Class B Regional Championships in Belfast on Saturday. The MDI boys came in third place. Both teams advanced to the state championships this Saturday in Belfast. PHOTO COURTESY OF DESIREE SIROIS

MDI girls are champions

BELFAST — The Mount Desert Island High School girls’ cross-country team finished first place overall in the Class B Northern Maine Regional Cross-Country Championships at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast on Saturday.

Camden Hills High School came in second place, followed by Caribou High School in third.

As she has in every race so far this season, senior Tia Tardy came in first place overall with a time of 19 minutes, 2.41 seconds, 46 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Emma Trapani of Camden Hills, who finished in 19:48.37.

Freshman Katelyn Osborne finished second for MDI and in eighth place overall in 20:33.84. Freshman Louise Chaplin came in third for the Trojans and 13th overall with a time of 21:05.37.

The MDI boys earned a surprise third-place finish behind Caribou in first place and John Bapst Academy in second.

The boys were seeded seventh, but they finished strong, just two points behind John Bapst.

John Hassett of George Stevens Academy placed first overall in 16:19.55.

MDI junior Nick Reznick came in fifth overall in 17:42.75. Freshman Liam Higgins finished 23rd overall and second for the Trojans in 18:14.84, and senior Josh Bloom finished third for MDI and 27th overall in 18:22.22.

“It was an awesome race, and it was really a collaborative effort between everyone on the team,” said Head Coach Desiree Sirois.

To have a successful race, each team member has to come to the race with determination and preparedness.

“Everybody has to go to the starting line ready to race,” said the coach. “Nobody can have a bad day. Nobody can say ‘I’m going to give up and have my teammate pick up the slack.’

“In order to do well like we did, every single person had to come to the starting line and be ready to race.”

Sirois said the entire cross-country season has been leading up to these final races.

“[The race] really showed that everyone has stepped up mentally, physically and had their best performance of the season,” she said.

With just one race left in the season, the MDI seniors are preparing to pass the baton to the next crop of varsity runners.

Out of 14 runners, eight will graduate this year.

Sirois said this season is a good indication that the team will continue to strengthen in the coming years.

“It shows both programs [boys and girls] really starting to display dominance in the coming years,” said Sirois. “There are five boys who are freshmen, and they pulled off third place [at regionals]. They’ve got something there, and I can see that.”

But as for this Saturday’s state finals, Sirois believes the team has what it takes to put up the points.

“I think that if they continue what they have been doing with spirit and tenacity without excuses, it’s not going to be a problem,” Sirois said.

 Complete MDI results

 MDI girls

1. Tia Tardy 19:02.41
8. Katelyn Osborne 20:33.84
13. Louise Chaplin 21:05.37
17. Olivia Watson 21:32.20
18. Emmy Banks 21:34.03
33. Ellie Bridgers 22:48.24
35. Sofie Dowling 23:05.25

MDI boys

5. Nick Reznick 17:42.75
23. Liam Higgins 18:14.84
27. Josh Bloom 18:22.22
28. Calvin Partin 18:22.76
41. Stephen Grierson 19:03.29
60. Erik Merchant 19:50.65
61. Parker Shortell 19:54.10

Taylor Bigler Mace

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. [email protected]
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