Coach Johanna Rogers and four young island runners have joined forces to create a cross-country team known as the Dark Harbor Harriers.

The team is comprised of Michelle Reidy, a three-time state Class C qualifier. Last season, Reidy finished fifth at the Eastern Class C championships and 20th in the state competition.

Davis Boardman, who finished 48th in last year’s Eastern Class C regional, has cut her mile time nearly in half since regionals. The two join Eva Marie Olson and Annika X. Rogers, who competed for coach Rogers last season on the United States of American Track and Field circuit.

Olson finished seventh at the Maine USATF Junior Olympic cross-country championship in the girls 12-and-younger age group to advance to the USATF Junior Olympic cross-country Region 1 (Northeast) championships where she finished 63rd.

Annika X. Rogers was last year’s girls 10-and-younger Maine USATF Junior Olympic cross-country champion. She finished 22nd in the USATF Junior Olympic Region 1 (Northeast) championships, missing a chance to compete at the national championships by two places.

Committing to a year-round, rigorous training schedule, devised by coach Rogers, the girls are expected to be contenders at state, regional and perhaps the national level this season in USATF meets.

The Dark Harbor Harriers traveled to Newport Oct. 2 to compete in the Newport Cultural Center 5-Kilometer Road Race. Coach Rogers’ runners finished first, second, fifth and seventh.

Reidy, the team captain, was the women’s overall champion with a time of 22:56. Annika X. Rogers was the second female and first in the 19-and-younger age group in 23:15. It was a personal record of 2:01.

Olson finished as the fifth female in 24:22, with a personal record of 2:33  Boardman finished as the seventh female in 25:07, with a personal record of 2:04.

“At the end of the last cross-country season, these four girls dedicated themselves to year-round fitness and a commitment to the sport of running,” coach Rogers said. “It is gratifying to see results such as these”.

The Dark Harbor Harriers thank the race directors at the Newport Cultural Center 5K, the coach said. “Not only were they extremely welcoming, the 10 a.m. start was perfect for an arrival from Islesboro. The course was flat and fast, the food and drink at the conclusion of the race was a very nice touch and the weather was perfect,” coach Rogers said.

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