Sumner freshman Luke Barnes competes in the Tigers’ season-opening track meet April 21 in Bar Harbor. Barnes placed second of 12 runners in the boys’ 1,600-meter run. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN

Local track and field teams open seasons in Bar Harbor, Hampden, Old Town



BAR HARBOR — The 2018 track and field season began over the weekend as runners from each of the six Hancock County high schools competed at meets in Bar Harbor, Hampden and Old Town.

Mount Desert Island and Sumner were among eight competitors at MDI High School, Ellsworth competed at Hampden Academy and Bucksport, George Stevens Academy and Deer Isle-Stonington competed at Old Town. It was a successful weekend all around for the schools as many local runners were among the top finishers.

MDI got off to a solid start to the year at the first of its two home meets Saturday with a first-place finish in the boys’ event. The Trojans finished 107 points clear of their nearest competitor. They won nine individual and two relay events and swept the top-three, top-six and top-five places in the javelin throw, discus throw and shot put, respectively.

On the girls’ side, Ashley Anderson (200-meter dash) and Zoe Olson (3,200-meter run) recorded individual wins for MDI, which also won two of the three relay races. Senior Dori LeMoine won the javelin throw and shot put for the Trojans, who finished third behind John Bapst and Central with 126 points.

For Sumner, Luke Barnes finished second among the 12 finishers in the boys’ 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 15.90 seconds. The Tigers placed fourth behind MDI, John Bapst and Central with 46 points.

Gabby Richardson finished fifth for Sumner’s girls’ team in the 100-meter dash. Blue Howard led the way in the field for the Tigers in the field with a seventh-place finish in the shot put and also claimed 12th in the javelin throw.

In Hampden, Nate Mason (long jump) and Atticus Deeny (triple jump) posted individual wins for the Ellsworth boys’ team Saturday. Matt Shea added third-place finishes in the 800- and 3,200-meter runs for the Eagles, who finished the day in third place behind Hampden and Bangor.

Ellsworth also earned a pair of individual wins on the girls’ side. Margo Kenyon won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:40.81, and Emma McKechnie cleared 4 feet, 8 inches to claim victory in the high jump.

GSA’s boys’ and girls’ teams both earned third-place finishes in Old Town on Friday. Isaac Wardwell (400-meter dash), Jeremiah Scheff (300-meter hurdles) and Joe Norwood (javelin throw) claimed individual wins for the Eagles on the boys’ side as the team earned 101 points to place behind Old Town and Orono.

Mary Richardson posted a win in the girls’ 1,600-meter run for GSA with a time of 5:51.20. The Eagles got second-place finishes from Mazie Smallidge (100-meter hurdles), Grace Broughton (300-meter hurdles), Gabriyah Gadsby (800-meter run) and Syrah Gutow (triple jump) to finish with 76 points as a team.

Carter Tolmasoff took second place in the boys’ 100-meter dash for Bucksport with a time of 12.35 seconds, and fellow junior Nathaniel Sawyer also earned a second-place finish with a time of 57.91 seconds in the 400-meter dash. The Golden Bucks finished fifth of 12 teams.

Bucksport’s top event on the girls’ side was the 400-meter dash, in which freshman Addie Morrison and senior Meaghan Goodine led the way with first- and second-place finishes, respectively. In the long jump, freshman Alyssa Graychase placed fourth of 21 competitors for the Golden Bucks.

Brendan Penfold was Deer Isle-Stonington’s only competitor in Hampden, but the junior was one of the top runners anywhere in the area Saturday. Penfold earned wins in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs with times of 4:54.35 and 10:41.56, respectively.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]