From left, Emily Banks, Emma Strong, Sierra Tapley and Erin White of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ cross-country team pose for a group picture at the Festival of Champions in Belfast recently. The girls’ team finished fourth at the Pendale Championship meet held in Hermon on Friday, Oct. 9. PHOTO COURTESY OF SKIP STRONG

MDI teams 4th in XC championship

HERMON — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams both finished fourth at the Pendale Championship on Friday, Oct. 9, at Hermon High School.

The team scores for the 5K race were 110 for the boys’ team and 95 for the girls.

“This week, we worked on identifying personal goals to achieve team objectives. The team is fluid, and it speaks of the high level of trust and respect that they have built for one another,” said Coach Desiree Sirois about the squad. “The team does a fantastic job focusing at meets, showing up ready to compete and remaining positive and confident throughout the competition.”

MDI sophomore Emily Banks was among the first 10 runners to cross the finish line. She stood ninth with a total time of 21 minutes, 49.66 seconds.

Peter Philbrook was first among the Trojan boys’ team to finish the race with a time of 19:00.36.

The George Stevens Academy girls and Hampden Academy boys won the race.

The cross-country teams travel to Lincoln for PVC Championships at Mattanawcook Academy on Saturday, Oct. 17, and to Belfast for the Regional Championships on Oct. 24.

These competitions, along with the state championship, are the meets that the teams have worked for and focused on the entire season.

“These meets are the biggest expectations,” said Sirois. The teams will approach each race with mental confidence and will be making physical and mental choices that are in the best interest of the team and at the meet, she said.

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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