BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School indoor track team brought its 2018-19 season to a close Saturday when five athletes competed at the New England championships at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.
Junior Zoe Olson (girls’ 1,000-meter run) and senior Gilbert Isaacs (boys’ shot put) competed individually for MDI, and the Trojans’ four-person team of Olson, Grace Munger, Katelyn Osborne and Olivia Johnson competed in the 4-by-800 relay.
The meet was a chance for MDI’s competitors to go up against the best of the best from all of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
“It’s always a great experience for the athletes, the parents who come watch and the coaches as well,” MDI Head Coach Aaron Long said of the New England meet. “It’s great to see such high-level athletes and compete alongside them. It’s motivational to keep working hard because, while each of my kids is a state champion, there still exist people out there who are better than you right now.”
In the 1,000-meter run, Olson finished with a time of 3 minutes, 12.33 seconds to place 25th. She then ran the fourth leg for the Trojans’ relay team, which placed 29th of 35 teams with a time of 10:26.67.
In the shot put, Isaacs recorded a distance of 47 feet 7 3/4 inches to place 25th of 36 competitors. That distance was the exact same as his Class B championship-winning throw Feb. 16 at Bates College in Lewiston.
Long called this season, which was his first as MDI indoor head coach, a very successful one. The team was the Trojans’ largest in more than a decade, and the individual and group successes will provide it with a building block for the future.
“We were generally a young and inexperienced team, but [we were] very talented,” Long said. “For coaches, it took a lot of teaching basics and trial and error in order to put the pieces together throughout the season to let that talent shine.”
Although the winter season has concluded, many team members will continue with track and field on the outdoor team this spring. With the first practices not far away and the same coach at the helm, the Trojans will have plenty of continuity.
“They’ve been able to spend winter getting stronger, developing speed, continuing to work on technique, etc.,” Long said. “Those gains will put them at a much higher starting point to begin outdoor season.”