ORONO — Local indoor track teams had some of their best meets of the season Saturday with three teams claiming first-place honors at the University of Maine.
In the first meet of the day, the Ellsworth boys and MDI girls earned wins in their respective fields. The Eagles topped Hermon by a single point to earn a thrilling win on the boys’ side, and the Trojans finished 47 points ahead of Orono on the girls’ side to earn a decisive victory.
Nate Mason (400-meter dash), Javon Williams (long jump) and Beck Deeny (triple jump) claimed individual wins for the Ellsworth boys. Mason and Williams also teamed up with Colby Hamilton and Atticus Deeny to earn a win in the boys’ 4-by-200 relay.
For the MDI girls, Marilyn Sawyer won the 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash with times of 8.02 and 28.40 seconds, respectively. The Trojans also got individual wins from Katelyn Osborne (800-meter run), Lily Cook (shot put) and Jillian Driscoll (triple jump) and a team win from Sawyer, Cook, Emma Freudig and Grace Rodick in the 4-by-200 relay.
Ellsworth’s Emma McKechnie (girls’ high jump) and MDI senior Gilbert Isaacs (boys’ shot put) also earned wins in the opening meet.
In the afternoon meet, the George Stevens Academy girls finished 44 points ahead of Central to place first of six teams. Bucksport and Sumner also competed from Hancock County.
Grace Broughton (55-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash), Ivy Manner-Wheelden (long jump and high jump) added two individual wins apiece for the GSA girls in contested events. The Eagles also got a team win from Broughton, Hattie Slayton, Susanna Jakub and Lanny Zentz in the 4-by-200 relay.
For Bucksport, freshman Johanna Stiles (girls’ 55-meter dash) and seniors Carter Tolmasoff (boys’ 55-meter dash) and Addie Morrison (girls’ 400-meter dash) earned individual wins. The Golden Bucks earned team wins in the boys’ 4-by-200 and 4-by-800 relays with times of 1:44.49 and 10:42.14, respectively.
Sophomore Logan Carter gave Sumner an event win with a time of 5:17.86 in the boys’ 1-mile run. The Tigers also got a strong performance from junior Bryce Coombs, who finished 0.14 seconds behind Mattanawcook Academy’s Josh Cole to claim second place in the boys’ 55-meter hurdles.
All five Hancock County teams will return to UMaine next Saturday, Jan. 26, to take part in the next competition. Bucksport and GSA will compete in the first meet of the day at 9 a.m., and Ellsworth, MDI and Sumner will compete in the afternoon meet at 1:30 p.m.