ORONO — The latest meet of the indoor track season saw the first Mount Desert Island team win of the 2021-22 campaign.
The MDI girls’ team scored 91 points to place first of nine teams in Saturday’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet at the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House. The Trojans claimed five wins on the girls’ side and added two on the boys’ side in the meet.
Amelia VanDongen posted two wins in the field for the MDI girls. The freshman first recorded a distance of 14 feet, 11 inches to finish first of 21 competitors in the long jump before posting a distance of 31-8 to claim victory in the triple jump.
Bella Brown and Delaney Sweeney added two more victories for the MDI girls’ team in the field with wins in the shot put (30-2) and pole vault (8-0), respectively. Sarah Weaver won an event on the track for the Trojans as she ran the 55-meter dash in just 8.02 seconds.
Weaver would later post a second-place finish for MDI as she ran the 400-meter dash in 1:09.47. Jenny Carr claimed second place in the 23-runner 200-meter dash field as she posted a time of 29.56 seconds for the Trojans, who totaled 91 points.
“The entire team was challenged at the beginning of the meet to take risks and chances within their events,” MDI head coach Aaron Long said of the girls’ team’s win. “The team took that to heart, and when they’re willing to do that then the results will take care of themselves.”
On the boys’ side, MDI claimed a win in the 4-by-200 relay with a time of 1:41.86 (Daniel Freudig, Ieuan Howell, Noah Daigle, Miles Burr). Burr also won the 400-meter dash (53.72) for the fourth-place Trojans and took third in the long jump (18-0). Daigle (55-meter dash, 7.38) and Freudig (pole vault, 7-6) placed third in their respective individual events.
The meet was the fifth back at UMaine’s New Balance Field House for MDI after the team was unable to compete at the facility, which was closed to high school teams last year, in 2020-21. The Trojans were able to make the most of a season under strict protocols a year ago, but being back in Orono this season has provided more structure and order to the season.
“It’s great being back in a competitive indoor facility and environment again,” Long said. “Last year allowed us to work on developing strength and techniques but was very limited in competitive opportunities. That said, last year’s experiences and growth was instrumental in our success outdoors, and I’m hopeful it’ll lead to more of the same this spring.”
MDI has just two meets remaining before the league championships at the facility Feb. 12. The first of those two meets will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, when the Trojans take on George Stevens Academy, Central, Hermon and Orono.
“It’s never too late to learn and get better, so I’m looking for continued growth and fine-tuning within their events to wrap up the regular season,” Long said. “We’ve got our eyes on the championship portion of the season, but we’ll talk more about that portion when it gets a little closer.”