BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School indoor track coach Aaron Long says it’s a challenge to make running inside interesting.
“For the other coaches and myself, practicing with limited space pushes our creativity,” he said. “It tests our ability to not only provide our athletes with quality workouts but also to keep them engaged mentally. It’s sometimes too easy to be outside on the track in May with the warm sunshine on our shoulders with a nice breeze.
“It’s a whole different deal in the darkness of December in the same hallways they’ve spent their entire school day in. We’ve been fortunate in the past — and this season is no exception — that the athletes we have recognize the challenges and come to work hard every day in spite of them.”
That hard work is paying off as the team enters championship season.
On Saturday, the MDI girls again came in third in their final regular season meet, behind Bangor High School and Hampden Academy. The Trojan boys came in fifth, earning 42 points, behind Bangor, Hampden Academy, Central and Ellsworth.
The MDI girls won the 4×100-meter throwers’ relay with their time of 59.63, beating a record set by a different Trojan relay team Jan. 19. Sophomore Jaiden Scott led off, followed by Regitze Jacobsen, Olivia Gray and Lily Cook.
Cook and Jacobsen were second and third in shot put, throwing 34 feet, 11 inches and 28 feet, 7 inches, respectively.
Sophomore Marilyn Sawyer placed first in the 55-meter dash with her time of 7:87 seconds. Grace Rodick came in fourth in that race with four points, posting a time of 8:20 seconds.
The Trojan girls took three of the top five spots in the one-mile run. Junior Katelyn Osborne finished first, posting a time of 5:47.66. Senior Olivia Watson was third with 6:03.54 and sophomore Olivia Johnson was fourth with 6:09.79.
Junior Zoe Olson finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 1:02.94. Sawyer finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.21. Olson was second in the two-mile run, posting a time of 12:51.44, and freshman Hannah St. Amand finished fourth with her time of 13:22.84.
For the girls 4×200-meter relay run, the Trojans placed third. Rodick led off, handing off to sophomore Olivia Johnson, who handed off to sophomore Emma Freudig and Sawyer finished for the team that posted a time of 1:59.55.
On the boys’ side, senior Gilbert Isaacs earned first place in shot put with his throw of 46 feet, 6.5 inches. Sophomore Archer Hill threw for third place with his throw of 39 feet, 2.5 inches.
The throwers’ relay team of Jackson Laws, Ivan Andros, Isaacs and Hill finished first with their time of 57.17, beating a record set by a different MDI group Jan. 19.
Elijah Denning was sixth in the 55-meter dash with his time of 7.10 seconds. Ieuan Howell also earned a point for the team with his sixth-place finish in the 800-meter run with 2:20.53.
MDI boys were fourth in the 4×200-meter relay with Denning leading off. He passed off to Ben Freudig who then passed to Howell. Sam Keblinsky finished the run, posting a time of 1:49.03 for the team.
Senior Deandre Reid was third in high jump, clearing 5 feet, 8 inches.
Denning was first in the boys pole vault competition with his jump of 12 feet, 6 inches. Junior Ben Freudig earned fourth place with a 10 foot, 6-inch jump.
The Trojans are set to compete Saturday at 9 a.m. in the PVC/Eastern Maine Indoor Track League championship meet. The state Class B meet is set for Saturday, Feb. 16 at Bates College.
Mike Mandell contributed to this story.