Local track teams post solid weeks as county championships approach



ELLSWORTH — Local track teams competed in Bucksport and Bangor last week in tune-ups for the upcoming Hancock County championships.

At Bucksport High School on Thursday, Ellsworth rolled to victories in both the boys’ and girls’ team events. The boys’ team scored 193 points to nip Washington Academy for first place, and the girls’ team racked up 195 to earn a runaway victory.

For the Ellsworth boys’ team, junior Javon Williams earned a win in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.67 seconds. Matt Shea (3,200-meter run) and Nate Mason (long jump) also provided individual wins for the Eagles, who had nine second-place finishes en route to the team win.

On the girls’ side, Ellsworth claimed wins in 10 of 18 events. The Eagles earned two team wins on the track with victories in the 4-by-400 and 4-by-800 relays and got individual wins from Kiona Osterlin (300-meter hurdles), Margo Kenyon (800-meter run) and Caitlin MacPherson (1,600-meter run).

Perhaps even more impressive was the Eagles’ dominance in the field. Ellsworth got individual wins in five of the six field events as Emma McKechnie won the high jump and triple jump, Rachel Barnes won the discus throw and shot put and Kiana Maddocks-Wilbur won the javelin throw.

For Bucksport, Carter Tolmasoff (100-meter dash), Nate Sawyer (400-meter dash) and Daniel Bunker (triple jump) posted individual wins. Addie Morrison won the 200- and 400-meter dashes for the Bucksport girls’ team, and Meaghan Goodine claimed victory in the 100-meter dash.

Sumner also competed in Bucksport, and Thiraphong Janla gave the Tigers an individual win when he cleared 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump. For the girls, Blue Howard finished third in the javelin throw and shot put.

In Bangor on Friday, Mount Desert Island earned a hard-fought victory in the boys’ team event to edge Orono by eight points. The girls’ team took home second place as senior Ashley Anderson set a school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.46 seconds.

George Stevens Academy’s boys’ team earned individual wins in Bangor from Ian Howell (1,600-meter race walk), Jeremiah Scheff (300-meter hurdles), Max Mattson (high jump) and Joe Norwood (javelin throw). Mary Brenna Catus and Mary Richardson put their long-distance prowess on display for the GSA girls’ team with wins in the 800- and 3,200-meter runs, respectively, and the Eagles added team victories in the 4-by-400 and 4-by-800 relays.

Deer Isle-Stonington’s only competitor in Bangor was Brendan Penfold, who competed in three events. Penfold finished fourth in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs and second in the 3,200-meter run.

The Hancock County championships will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Bucksport.

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]