LINCOLN — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ cross-country team defended their title as large-school PVC champions Saturday.
The Trojan boys finished third on the 3-mile course at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln.
“They showed up with ambition, ran with grit and had the courage to run fierce,” said Coach Desiree Sirois. “The team is incredibly dedicated, determined and driven. They have been working towards these big meets and accomplish success together.”
The MDI girls finished with 59 points, followed by Caribou 65, Presque Isle 74, Old Town 81, John Bapst 85, Foxcroft Academy 160 and Hermon 186.
MDI sophomore Emma Strong finished third overall with a time of 20:33.49, with her teammate Emily Banks also turning up in the top 10 finishers.
Banks was seventh with a time of 21:26.76.
Also scoring for the Trojans were senior Xingyao Chen, 13th in 21:48.90, freshman Olivia Watson, 18th in 22:13.46, sophomore Erin White, 20th in 22:23.32, senior Allison Gray, 32nd in 24:25.21 and senior Sierra Tapley, in 26:04.58.
MDI junior Peter Philbrook finished fifth overall to lead the Trojan varsity boys to third place among large schools with 80 points. Caribou was the winner in team scores with 20 points. Old Town came in second with 79. Following the MDI boys were Foxcroft Academy 108, John Bapst 119, Presque Isle 132 and Hermon 198.
Philbrook completed the course in 17:48.26 for MDI. He was followed by freshman Sean Murray, 12th in 18:34.02, junior Josh Bloom, 19th in 19:16.76, junior Matthew Lambert, 21st in 19:25.57, freshman Matthew Perconti, 27th in 19:50.18, senior Bryce DiMauro, 30th in 19:56.10 and junior Ben Watson, 35th in 20:50.36.
“We stress being ambitious and relentless, [to] turn up the intensity and be brave and courageous enough to face pain,” added Sirois. “Each week, each meet, we work on getting, stronger, faster and more confident. We try to learn from mistakes and continue to challenge ourselves.”
The Trojan teams are scheduled to travel to Belfast on Saturday, Oct. 24, for the Regional Championships at Troy Howard Middle School.