The Searsport District High School track-and-field team is in for mostly new experiences this spring with only three returning student-athletes among the 17-member squad. Despite that relative inexperience, 22nd-year Viking coach Mike Vasiliauskas has a positive attitude about his team and expects an enjoyable season.

Vasiliauskas said even though many of his young athletes have never been to a meet before their first one April 15 in Belfast, “they are energetic, they have got some talent, [and] they are fast — you never know.”

The Vikings include seniors Lauralee Stairs (pole vault, relays, 100), Sara Bradshaw (throwing, relays), Olivia Quigley (relays, 100, 200), Ben Hartmann (400, 800, 1600), Luke Bolduc (100, 200, relays, pole vault) and Scott Broadley (100, 200, relays); juniors Nikki Ravert (javelin, relay, 100) and Tyler Greenlaw (100, throwing); sophomores Amelia Cross (relay, 100, 200), Faith Mackey (200, 400, 800, 1,600, 3200, high jump), Gen Shepard (100, relays, discus, javelin), Jay Ditullio (200, 400), Arthur Leighton (100, pole vault, relays) and Jason Brooks, (throwing); and freshmen Chas Evans (throwing), Dillan Moody (800, 1600) and Jacob Bucklin (throwing).

Several team members also play for the school softball team.

Among the returnees, Mackey has considerable promise. Last year, she finished sixth in the 800 meters at state meet and was a top contender in the state Class C cross-country meet in the fall.

Coach Vasiliauskas also said the boys have considerable speed and could be competitive in the 4×100-meter relay.

The coach is not worried about the competition because of the school’s small size and said that Searsport mostly competes against much larger schools.

He said the Viking athletes are, at this point, more concerned with individual gains. Even at their first meet he said the athletes were not sure of their goals because they are not sure what they can do yet.

When asked what his aspirations for the season were, the coach said, “They have no idea; they don’t know. Whatever they do in the first meet we will work on improving from there.” He added that he wants the team to “just work hard. Sprint work hard; get a lot of technique in the field events.”

For now, the Vikings look to gain more experience and simply have a good time improving as they go.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.