Mount Desert Island—The Eagles scored deep and wide at the Hancock County Track Championships on May 20, notching over a dozen wins in events while the girls brought home the team win. The boys team was edged out of first place, scoring 200 to winner MDI’s 210 total points.
The team performed at championship level despite the absence of coach Erich Reed.
“They rose to the occasion, they performed very strongly, they put their hearts in it,” said Assistant Coach Anne Piazza, who led the team with Assistant Coach Tony Rolfe.
Junior Morgan Dauk easily won the javelin throw. The 2015 state winner in that event, Dauk currently holds the season’s record among Penobscot Valley Conference Championship qualifiers.
In the 110 hurdles, Bella Cimeno, Mazie Smallidge and Eliza Broughton brought home a one-two-three finish.
The team scored 138 points to second-place MDI’s 100.
Senior Aylen Wolf won the 800 meter run and, with Ollie Dillon, Griffin Shute and Trent Williamson, took a first in the 800 meter relay.
Junior Cameron Gordon finished second in the 100 meter and 400 meter dashes by less than one second, and also helped the 100 and 400 meter relay teams to second place finishes. He has qualified for the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes and the high jump in the PVCs.
Junior John Hassett, the 2015 state champion in the 3200 meter run, sat out his usual distance events, running only in the 400 meter relay. He has qualified for the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter races, with his season record in the 800 meter race the fastest going into the PVCs.
The Penobscot Valley Conference Championships are on May 28, followed by the state championships on June 4, both in Dover-Foxcroft.
But for the coaches, it is the team performance that counts.
“Really, the most exciting thing for us as coaches is not individual performances, Piazza said. “We’ve always had several strong individuals…But [now] we’re getting on the radar as one of the top performing teams.”