ORONO — The Mount Desert Island High School girls’ cross country team were the runners up Saturday in a cross country meet at Orono High School. The girls’ team score was 44. Orono came in first with 28 points. The MDI boys finished third of seven in team scores with 70 points. Brewer won the boys’ meet with 25 points.
“The kids are finding their groove,” head coach Desiree Sirois said. “They’re figuring out pacing, pack running and racing strategies.”
Sirois said many returning team members improved their times on the 2.75-mile Orono course compared to last year’s meet there. “I am also seeing the new and younger runners develop racing skills, and physical and mental toughness, which is exciting,” she said.
On the girls’ side, Tia Tardy of Mattanawcook set a new course record of 18:03.04. MDI had three runners in the top ten in the field of 53. Caroline Driscoll finished fourth with a time of 18:41.42. Waylon Henggeler was sixth with 18:58.66. Lydia Dacorte was seventh with 19:21.34.
India Janes was 13th with 20:49.46. Sakura Sunagawa was 14th with 20:52.83. Sydney Wright was 15th with 21:00.50. Xingyao Chen was 26th with 22:27.15. Anita Wray was 29th with 22:34.95. Erin White was 31st with 22:49.16. Eddaejia Keene was 32nd with 22:53.89. Ava Drennan was 39th with 24:22.98. Emily Banks was 41st with 24:33.09. Megan Howell was 48th with 26:09.15. Sara Norberg was 50th with 26:58.16.
Three MDI boys landed in the top ten in a field of 67, led by Ralph Magnani. He finished seventh with a time of 16:59.25. Peter Philbrook was eighth with 17:00.72. Ethan Craigo was tenth with 17:12.31.
David Anderson was 22nd with 18:23.61. Bryce DiMauro was 38th with 19:35.71. Matt Hanna was 39th with 19:37.65. Matthew Lambert was 42nd with 20:17.06. Matthew Perconti was 48th with 21:02.56. Nick Reznick was 52nd with 21:20.86. Oliver King was 54th with 21:39.31.
The team heads to Old Town for a sectional meet Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. The Festival of Champions in Belfast is set for Oct. 4.