(Jan. 24, 2020) Twenty-four schools participated in last Wednesday’s indoor track meet at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

“It is the biggest meet in terms of teams that we have ever had at the Snow Hill recreation center,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “Overall, I think it went pretty well.”

Kent Island won the girls’ competition, scoring 85.6 points. North Caroline finished in second place with 70.5 points, followed by Parkside in third, with 58.6 points. Decatur tallied 25 points to come in seventh place.

Scoring points for Decatur for finishing eighth or better in their individual events were: junior Mary Mergott (800-meter run, third, 2:42.93; 1,600-meter run, fifth, 5:56.05), seniors Alyssa Romano (500-meter run, fifth, 1:30.88) and Caroline Gardner (800-meter run, seventh, 2:47.06), and sophomore Zoriah Shockley (shot put, fifth, 29 feet 2 inches).

Gardner, Mergott, Romano and freshman Julia Carlson came in fourth place in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:17.10).

“I thought Mary Mergott ran pretty well. She is starting to get some more confidence and that is helping her perform at a higher level,” Stigler said. “I also thought Caroline Gardner ran pretty well in the 800 and 3,200 relay.”

Kent Island took top honors in the boys’ competition, with 75 points. Cape Henlopen was second with 64 points, followed by James M. Bennett with 57 points. Decatur scored five points to finish in 16th place.

The 3,200-meter relay team logged the only points for Decatur. Junior Philip Becnel, sophomores Sam Woodley and Gavin McCabe and senior Austin Cheynet placed fifth in the race (9:33.9).

Decatur’s next meet is Wednesday at the Worcester County Recreation Center beginning at 2 p.m.

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