MDI boys, girls third at meet

ORONO — Both the boys’ and girls’ track teams from Mount Desert Island High School took third place in team scores at Saturday’s league meet at the University of Maine Field House.

The Trojan boys finished with 69 points, while the girls scored a total of 62.

Brewer High School won the boys’ meet with 166 points, followed by Old Town with 92, MDI with 69, Foxcroft Academy with 53, John Bapst with 24, Hermon with 20 and Central with 4.

Brewer was on top on the girls’ side as well with 138 points, followed by Old Town with 101, MDI with 62, John Bapst with 52, Hermon with 50, Central with 9 and Foxcroft Academy with 8.

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Mount Desert Island High School boys’ track team runners compete at the league meet at the University of Maine Field House on Saturday. The Trojan boys finished third of seven schools with 69 points. PHOTO COURTESY OF KELTON HALLETT

“I think there were some great performances,” MDI Coach Brad Witham said of his squad. “We have been working on ways to enhance our speed and power.” According to Witham, the teams “have been getting both stronger and faster” since the Bowdoin Relay meet.

Senior Ryan Bender won the 200-meter dash and set a high school facility record with his time of 23.47 seconds. Sophomore Griffin Maristany was fifth in 25.07.

Maristany won the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.29 seconds. Also among the top 10 were junior John Bloom, third in 56.22, and sophomore Jose Chumbe, fourth in 56.74.

Croix Albee came second in the  shot put with 46 feet, 11.75 inches. Senior Evan Jeanotte was fifth with 39 feet, 2.5 inches.

Bender took second in the long jump with 20 feet, 1/4 inch. Chumbe was third with 18 feet, 7 inches.

Junior Giovanni McKenzie won the triple jump with 36 feet, 9 inches, and sophomore Chance Closson was fifth in the high jump with 4 feet, 10 inches.

On the girls’ side, the Trojan team of Lily Turner, Sydney Kachmar, Adriana Novella and Ashley Anderson won the 4×200-meter relay meet with their time of 1:54.47.

Anderson was on top in the 200-meter dash with 27.35 seconds, followed by Turner in 29.18. Freshman Kachmar was fifth in 30.46.

Anderson also took first in the 400-meter dash with 1:06.12. Kachmar was third with 1:10.21.

Turner finished third in the 55-meter dash with 8.13 seconds.

In the shot put, sophomore Dorothy LeMoine was third with 28 feet, 3/4 inch, followed by freshman Brigette Olearcek with 27 feet, 11.75 inches. “I would like the team to continue the focus on speed and power, while also working on endurance,” said Witham.

The Trojan teams will travel to Orono once again for an indoor track meet at University of Maine on Saturday, Jan. 9, at noon.

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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