(From left) Olivia Johnson, Grace Munger, Azaria Long and Callan Eason pose for a photo with their first-place medals at the Penobscot Valley Conference Large-School track championships May 29 at Hampden Academy. The MDI boys’ and girls’ teams placed second overall in the meet. PHOTO COURTESY OF HEIDI MUNGER

MDI boys, girls finish second in PVC Large-School track championships

HAMPDEN — Members of the Mount Desert Island track team competed in the first meet of championship season Saturday with the Penobscot Valley Conference Large-School meet at Hampden Academy.

MDI enjoyed a strong afternoon in both the boys’ and girls’ team competitions. The girls’ team racked up 88 points to finish behind first-place Bangor (195 1/3 points) and runner-up Brewer (90 points), and the boys’ team (123 points) took second as it finished just one point behind the champion Rams.

Grace Munger won the 800-meter run for the MDI girls in 2 minutes, 28.15 seconds, and Bella Brown set a school record in the discus throw for the Trojans with a winning throw of 108 feet, 6 inches. The team of Munger, Azaria Long, Olivia Johnson and Callan Eason won the 4-by-400 relay for MDI with a time of 4:21.91.

The MDI girls got second-place finishes from Eason in the 100-meter (27.56 seconds) and 200-meter (1:01.16) dashes and another from Olivia Joyce in the javelin throw (92-3). The Trojans’ 4-by-800 team Munger, Eason, Johnson and AyliGrace Munro placed second in the 4-by-800 with a time of 10:08.13.

Miles Burr (100-meter dash, 11.52 seconds; 200-meter dash, 23.26) and Archer Hill (shot put, 46-10 3/4; discus, 138-9) claimed two wins each for the MDI boys, who also got a win from Walker St. Germain (51.02 seconds) in the 400-meter dash. The Trojans’ 4-by-100 team (Burr, Henry Lester, Baylor Landsman, Ieuan Howell) posted a winning time of 45.21 seconds.

Landsman (300-meter hurdles, 40.87), Lester (long jump, 20-10 3/4) and Jackson Laws (javelin, 144-9) placed second for the MDI boys. The Trojans also took second in the 4-by-400 (Landsman, St. Germain, Jon Genrich, Ponce Saltysiak; 3:32.40) and 4-by-800 (Genrich, Saltysiak, Cody Parker, Sam York; 8:37.16) relays.

Qualified MDI athletes will close out the season with the Class B championships at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at Morse High School in Bath.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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