Eagles track team ‘most experienced’ ever

GSA spring track team

Front row, from left: Ben parker, Jeff payson Allen, Gage Clapp, Ethan Vinall, Nick Norton, Ben Cole, Tyler Brenton, Tyler Snow. Back row: Marshal lebel, Ethan Snow, Beckett Slayton, Stefan Simmons, Jake Keenan, Tyler McKenney, Jarrod Chase, Taylor Schildroth, Jackson Billings. Courtesy of George Stevens Academy

Blue Hill—The George Stevens track team, at 55 members strong, is the high school’s largest team by a wide margin. Head Coach Erich Reed says it’s also the most experienced team the school has hosted.

Three returning seniors are state champions: John Hasset, in the 1600 meter run (2015, 2016), Morgan Dauk in the javelin (2015, 2016), and Erik Taylor-Lash in the race walk (2016).

In addition, the range of events the athletes are participating in—key to compiling points as a team—is also widening.

“We have a good core of athletes interested in the discus this year and expect to score some points,” Reed noted.

But the 2017 team brings a sprinkling of less experienced members, too, whether freshman or new to track, giving nearly 25 percent of the student population the opportunity to learn, practice and compete in the range of track and field events.

Also new this year is a relay meet at Brewer that Reed expects his team to be competitive in.

He is also looking ahead to the state championships, unsurprising given his team’s past performances.

“We hope for a top three finish for both girls and boys teams,” he notes.

The Eagles open their season at Hampden Academy on Friday, April 21, at 12 p.m., and next compete at Ellsworth on Thursday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m.

Mariners to run with GSA track team

By Jack Scott

Blue Hill—Deer Isle-Stonington’s Brendan Penfold and Trevor Cochrane will compete at the varsity track level by running with the George Stevens Academy track team under Coach Erich Reed. Brendan Penfold, a junior and top local runner, looks to run in the 800-, 1600-, and 3200-meter races. Freshman Trevor Cochrane is looking to run in the hurdles and shorter sprint races. Their results will count for the George Stevens team except in the individual races at the regional and state level. The cooperation of George Stevens is beneficial to us so these runners can participate.

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