Girls third; boys fourth at invitational

OLD TOWN — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ cross-country team was third at the sectional invitational meet on Saturday, Sept. 26. The girls’ team score was 98 at the meet held at Old Town High School. Orono came in first with 17 points.

The MDI boys finished fourth in team scores with 107 points. The Orono boys took first place with 26 points.

MDI cross-country Coach Desiree Sirois called the showing from both teams “impressive.” All runners clocked in their fastest times of the season so far. Additionally, some returning members improved their times on the 3.1-mile course compared to last year.

“Those types of improvements are incredible,” Sirois said. “It is indicative of their commitment, dedication and incredible work ethic this season.”

Behind the Orono boys in the team competition were Caribou 38, Old Town 98, MDI 107, Foxcroft Academy 124, John Bapst 148, Washburn 194, Central 198 and Hermon 249.

Of the MDI boys’ team, Peter Philbrook crossed the finish line first with a time of 17 minutes, 13.17 seconds.

In the girls’ race, Orono was followed by Caribou 92, MDI 98, Old Town 123, Presque Isle 125, John Bapst 128, Foxcroft Academy 159, Mattanawcook Academy 165 and Washburn 174.

Emma Strong was the first among the Trojan girls to cross the finish line. Her time was 20:23.92.

The strategy for the Trojans was that of pack running in conjunction with increasing speed throughout the race. The teams are now working towards refining “how to run a 5K correctly,” the coach said.

Sirois said the teams are in the “most challenging training weeks of the season.” Along with continuing hill workouts, their focus has evolved to include varying the pace within the workout.

“We will continue to develop our lactic threshold with tempo and progression runs, and continue to build the base work long challenging runs, which are the foundation of our program,” she added.

Additionally, both teams are putting greater emphasis on identifying team and individual strengths and weaknesses.

“Five K strategies, as well as nutrition, stress management and other running-related topics also serve as important training pillars in our program and will continue to be addressed at practices this week,” said Sirois. “The team is excited to be entering what we consider to be our ‘fall racing season’ where we start to really push the pace.”

The teams heads to the Festival of Champions in Belfast on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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