Eagle runners on winning track Boys and girls teams sweep Ellsworth meet

Blue Hill—In a small-school meet at Ellsworth on April 27, the George Stevens teams raced ahead of the competition, the girls racking up 209 points with Ellsworth scoring 79 in second place, and the boys winning with 108 points next to Ellsworth’s 97 for second place.

Head Coach Erich Reed said the results were positive as the team looks ahead to larger meets mid-season and towards qualifying for the Penobscot Valley Conference championships.

“Because this team is so experienced, this is the time of season we’re just focusing on training,” Reed said.

Their next two meets, on Saturday, May 6, in Brewer, and Saturday, May 13, in Caribou will help.

The Brewer meet is with larger schools and “the strongest small schools,” Reed said. “The competition will be very strong.”

After the Hancock County Small School meet set for May 19, Reed said the team will start focusing more on results as they look ahead to the PVCs and the state championships.

The team is working well together, Reed said, and “everyone is running where they should be” early in the season. One change is that two-time state javelin champion Morgan Dauk has “made good headway” in the discus, Reed said, and is looking to be competitive in that event at the states. Dauk, a senior, placed first in discus at the Ellsworth meet. Junior Eliza Broughton won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, events she competed in at the 2016 state championships, while Mary Richardson took the 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs.

On the boys side, 2016 state champion John Hassett won the 800 and 1600 meter runs, with Deer Isle-Stonington junior Brendan Penfold taking second. Hassett also raced and won the 3200 meter run. Senior Cameron Gordon won the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes while Alex Taylor-Lash took the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles. Erik Taylor-Lash won the 1600 meter race walk, an event he won at the states last year.

The Brewer meet on Saturday begins at 11 a.m.

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