ORONO — Bucksport highlighted a strong day for Hancock County’s indoor track teams with a pair of second-place team finishes in Saturday’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet at the University of Maine.
Bucksport got off to a strong start to Saturday’s morning meet as the quartet of Lanie Stubs, Evie Hileman, Abigail Farricker and Rebekah Ireland won the girls’ 4-by-800 unopposed in 12 minutes, 46.70 seconds. The Golden Bucks also won the boys’ 4-by-800 as Jacob Brezovsky, Michael Johnson, Gage Bruns and William Hileman posted a time of 9:35.71.
William Hileman (2-mile run, 10:12.78), Hugh Jack (boys’ 200-meter dash, 24.97) and Johanna Stiles (girls’ 200-meter dash, 28.89) added victories for Bucksport on the track. Natasha Monreal added another for the Golden Bucks as she won the triple jump with a distance of 30 feet, 3 1/2 inches.
In other Saturday morning action, Ren Salisbury (boys’ 1-mile run, 5:15.56), Kaleb Colson (boys’ 800-meter run, 2:04.49) and Ada Fisher (girls’ 400-meter dash, 1:06.93) earned wins for Sumner. George Stevens Academy’s Thea Crowley won the girls’ 1-mile run with a time of 5:28.70.
In the Saturday afternoon meet, Mount Desert Island got two wins from Miles Burr (200-meter dash, 23.74; triple jump, 40-10 3/4) and a 4-by-800 relay win from Carolina Graham, Amelia VanDongen, Azaria Long and Sophia Taylor (11:23.63). Ellsworth’s Tori Watkins and Drew Pierson cleared heights of 4-10 and 5-10, respectively, to win the boys’ and girls’ high jumps.
Bucksport finished with 87 points on the boys’ side (second to Old Town’s 107) and 92 points on the girls’ side (second to Old Town’s 117) in the morning meet. The MDI girls racked up 59 points in the afternoon meet to place third.
All five Hancock County teams will take part in the fifth meet of the EMITL season at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at UMaine.