GSA track team stays competitive ahead of league, state finals

Senior Mary Richardson

Senior Mary Richardson, competing above at UMaine Orono, has qualified for the EMITL and state fianls in the one- and two-mile run. Photo by John Richardson

Blue Hill—Competing in the Eastern Maine Indoor Track League, the Eagle boys and girls are making their mark ahead of the league championships and state meet in February.

The Eagle runners are competing against runners from large schools to small, as a team and as individuals hoping to qualify for the season-end meets.

“We have been competing against some very tough schools (Bangor, Brewer, Hampden Academy),” Coach Tony Rolfe said. “Our distance runners have been very competitive. We have some good sprinters who have run some great times but have had difficulty making it to the dash finals against these larger schools.”

Senior Mary Richardson is in third place in the league standings in the one-mile and two-mile runs, with times qualifying her for both championship meets. Senior Eliza Broughton currently ranks fifth in the 800-meter run with a 2:36.15 top time and seventh in the 55-meter hurdles at 9:88, and also qualifies. Freshman Grace Broughton qualifies in the 400-meter dash while, on the boys’ team, junior Meredith Bradshaw Thomas has qualified for the 800-meter dash—he is in fourth place with a 2:09.48 top time.

Sitting on top of the rankings so far is the girls’ 800-meter relay team of seniors Eliza Broughton and Zeya Lorio and freshmen  Josie Cruj and Jenna Eldridge with an early season time of 10:53.51. The 200-meter relay team of senior Mary Brenna Catus, juniors Gabriyah Gadsby and Susanna Jakub and freshman Grace Broughton are in the fifth spot, and the boys’ 800-meter relay team of sophomores Nyamh Wolf and Ian Howell and freshmen Ian Renwick and Oliver Wilson is hanging on to 10th place in the league standings.

The team competes in EMITL meets at the Unviersity of Maine at Orono’s New Balance Field House. Their next meet is Saturday, January 20, at 2:10 p.m.

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