BAR HARBOR---- The Mount Desert Island (MDI) High School Trojans cross country team knows that hard work from day one will help them have continued success as the season goes on. The girls team has won the class B state title each of the last three seasons.
"Last year further strengthened our team's understanding that success comes from the result of continual hard work throughout the season,"MDI cross country coach Desiree Sirois said. "It also showed us again that commitment to the team is expected and leads to a sense of accomplishment that is more overreaching than individual accolades."
The season is only three days old, but the upperclassmen have been showing great leadership already. The first regular season meet will be on September 6th.
"The positive energy and team vibe has been impressive,"Sirois said. "The upperclassmen have been showing incredible maturity and have been setting a solid example to the newer runners of our team expectations and culture."
With a good mix of veteran runners and newcomers, Sirois will be looking for the freshmen runners to have the same commitment. Solid leadership is a strength heading into the season.
"Solid leadership, with solid work ethic, drive, and commitment to the team (is a strength). Leadership that is not dependent on age or ability. This should carry down to the newer runners who will be expected to follow the same program,"Sirois said. "We are always excited to have new additions both at the freshmen level and non freshmen new runners. Our roster is still evolving."
Each runner on the MDI squad will be looking to do their best for the team in each meet.
Sirois said. "Team goals are the same as in years past: work hard, challenge yourself, do your best for the team, and make sure you finish the race with your legs feeling like jelly."
The Trojans will start the season with meets at Ellsworth and Caribou. They will follow that up with trips to Orono, Old Town, and Belfast.