MDI High School's Tia Tardy (right) stays on the heels of Yarmouth High School's Abigail Hamilton Saturday at the Maine State Cross-Country Championships in Belfast. Hamilton came in first place followed by Tardy in second. ISLANDER PHOTO BY TAYLOR BIGLER

Tardy is No. 2 in Maine

BELFAST — Mount Desert Island High School senior Tia Tardy was crowned the second-best runner in the state following her finish at the Maine State Cross-Country Championships here at Troy Howard Middle School on a windy and brisk Saturday afternoon.

Tardy finished with a lifetime personal best in 18 minutes, 14.48 seconds, just nine seconds behind Yarmouth High School senior Abigail Hamilton, who won the race in 18:05.31.

Throughout the race, Tardy was neck-and-neck with Hamilton and third-place finisher Katherine Leggat-Barr of Greely High School, who finished one-twentieth of a second behind Tardy in a time of 18:14.61. Hamilton was able to kick ahead of the pack in the home stretch. Each of the top three finishers is a runner from a Class B school.

“Tia ran a really great race. It was an incredibly gutsy race, and she stepped up and gave it everything she had,” said Head Coach Desiree Sirois.

The MDI girls’ team finished ninth overall out of 37 teams thanks to the performances of the six other team members.

Josh Bloom (left) and Calvin Partin (right) of MDI High School keep apace with each other during the state championship race. The MDI boys came in 32nd overall.

Josh Bloom (left) and Calvin Partin (right) of MDI High School keep apace with each other during the state championship race. The MDI boys came in 32nd overall.

Freshman Katelyn Osborne finished second for MDI and 64th overall in 20:32.85, followed by senior Emma Strong, who finished 78th overall in 20:38.41.

The MDI boys had a strong showing as well, finishing 32nd overall out of 43 teams.

Mount Blue High School senior Tucker Barber finished first overall in the boys’ division with a time of 15:47.33. Next up was junior Luke Laverdiere of Yarmouth, who finished second in 15:49.59.

Nick Reznick finished first for MDI and 132nd overall in 17:58.77, followed by Liam Higgins in 142nd place with a time of 18:03.55.

Senior Josh Bloom was next for MDI with a time of 18:24.75, putting him 183rd overall.

“The season overall went extremely well,” said Sirois. “I thought [the team] represented the school and themselves with class, sportsmanship and integrity.”

The coach said she is proud that the MDI runners supported each other all season long.

“They all worked together to support one another from top to bottom with camaraderie and team support this year, and that was really impressive,” she said.

Some teammates have one more chance to cheer on their own.

With her second-place state finish, Tardy qualified for the individual New England Cross-Country Championships, where she will face runners from more than 30 New England high schools.

“A couple of teammates will go to Rhode Island to cheer her on,” Sirois said.

Tardy will race at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Pontaganset High School in North Scituate, R.I.


Maine State XC Championships

MDI Girls

2. Tia Tardy 18:14.48
64. Katelyn Osborne 20:32.85
78. Emma Strong 20:38.41
113. Louise Chaplin 21:19.63
152. Olivia Watson 21:46.53
155. Emmy Banks 21:50.35
157. Ellie Bridgers 21:51.48

MDI Boys

132. Nick Reznick 17:58.77
142. Liam Higgins 18:03.55
183. Josh Bloom 18:24.75
188. Calvin Partin 18:28.77
206. Stephen Grierson 18:43.55
280. Erik Merchant 19:51.17
281. Parker Shortell 19:52.86


Taylor Bigler Mace

Taylor Bigler Mace

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Taylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected]
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