MDIHS runners compete in states

CUMBERLAND — The Mount Desert Island High School girls’ varsity cross-country team finished in 11th place in the Class B State Championships in Twin Brooks on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The Trojan boys’ team stood 13th on the 3.1-mile course. “The meet was a wonderful culmination of a terrific season,” head Coach Desiree Sirois said. The leading goals of the cross-country program at MDI, explained Sirois, are to “work hard, have fun and challenge yourself,” which she said were upheld by her squad at the meet.

The team scores for the 5K race were 325 for the boys’ team and 247 for the girls.

Emma Strong of the MDI Trojans finished 23rd overall with a time of 21 minutes, 27.17 seconds. Also scoring for the team were Emily Banks, 50th in 22:29.27, Olivia Watson, 63rd in 23:00.87, Xingyao Chen, 66th in 23:03.85, Erin White, 84th in 23:46.96, Abby Moon, 94th in 25:20.40 and Allison Gray, 95th in 25:22.89.

“The team showed up with class, being a competitor with spirit and integrity,” said Sirois of the Trojan squad. “They had unity [and] they worked together for team success.”

MDI junior Peter Philbrook was first among the Trojan varsity boys to finish the race. He placed 38th overall in 18:31.68. He was followed by Nick Reznick, 77th in 19:28.97, Sean Murray, 78th in 19:29.18, Josh Bloom, 89th in 20:06.11, Matthew Lambert, 96th in 20:33.53, Chase McGee, 105th in 21:15.33 and Matthew Perconti, 106th in 21:15.74.

Sirois said the teams took this opportunity to challenge themselves to “run their best performance.” When faced with hard competition and a tough course, they continue to persevere. “They did not back down, they showed up with confidence, and they were willing to test their capabilities to do their best.”



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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