NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Five Mount Desert Island High School Trojans travelled to the New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championships here on June 11, where they competed against high schools from all over the Northeast in sprint and relay events.
Ryan Bender placed 13th out of 21 in the 200-meter dash and 14th out of 26 in the 400-meter with times of 22.97 and 51.52 seconds, respectively. Bender also placed 25th in the 100-meter preliminaries with a time of 11.79 seconds, but failed to qualify for the 100-meter finals.
The girls 4×100-meter relay team of Lily Turner, Ashley Anderson, Adriana Novella, and Paige Mason placed 21st out of 26 in the event with a time 52.25 seconds.
Anderson placed 25th in the 100-meter preliminaries with a time of 13.45 seconds, but also failed to qualify for the finals.
“Being able to compete at New England Regionals is a huge honor and a tremendous experience,” Coach Aaron Long said in a statement. However, with qualifying anything but a guarantee, we need to be in the best position possible to be able to qualify for this meet. As a result, our best times of the season did not happen, but also weren’t expected.
“The experience gained from seeing competition outside of the state of Maine is an eye opening experience and a huge motivational tool to continue to work hard and improve in each of our event disciplines,” he added.
Long also said that weather at the event played a significant factor in Bender, Anderson, and the team’s performance at the event.
“A light rain turned into a heavy rain, which turned into a torrential downpour. We’ve had great weather all season long, so this added a significant challenge.
This was the last event members of the track team competed in this season.