Deandre Reid of the Mount Desert Island High School track team competes in the boys’ high jump Saturday at the University of Maine. MDI set 38 personal records as a team in Saturday’s meet. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN

Track team 3rd, 5th at meet, set 38 PRs



BAR HARBOR — With the indoor track season nearing its end, the Mount Desert Island High School team is operating at full speed.

The Trojans set a total of 38 personal records at Saturday’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet at the University of Maine field house. The outstanding team effort comes as they prepare for championship season, which is now less than two weeks away.

“We’ve been building a very solid base with our training, and through that process, we’ve transitioned into more of a speed and explosive phase as the season is in its final weeks,” head coach Aaron Long said. “As a result, the athletes are responding and putting the results to validate the hard work they’ve put in.”

As a team, the MDI girls finished an impressive third behind Brewer and Bangor. The boys’ squad took fifth behind Hampden Academy, Bangor, Ellsworth and Brewer but put forth some strong individual performances along the way.

The first event of the day was the girls’ 4×800-meter relay, and MDI’s Katelyn Osborne, Olivia Watson, Olivia Johnson and Zoe Olson claimed first place to give the green and white a hot start to the day. The quartet’s winning time of 10 minutes, 35.91 seconds was 8.11 seconds faster than second-place Bangor.

Individually, MDI’s Marilyn Sawyer had a strong day with a pair of first-place finishes. Sawyer posted times of 7.88 seconds and 28.49 seconds to win the 55- and 200-meter dashes, respectively.

Osborne, who ran the first leg of the Trojans’ 4×800 win, placed first again when she finished in 1:06.28 in the 400-meter dash. The MDI girls, who took second place in the 4×200 relay, also got second-place efforts individually from Olson (800-meter run) and Lily Cook (shot put).

For the MDI boys, Elijah Denning capped off the day’s final event in style when he cleared a height of 12 feet to win the pole vault. That performance came after Denning finished fourth in the 55-meter dash earlier in the day.

MDI will be back at UMaine at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, for its final regular season meet. The Trojans will be competing against Bangor, Central, Ellsworth, Foxcroft, George Stevens Academy, Hampden and Sumner.

“Those athletes that are close to qualifying for PVCs and states get the opportunity to have one last, quality shot at doing that,” Long said. “There are still some areas to refine, but the other coaches and I have been on target with our training programs for this final push to the finish.”

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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.

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