(Feb. 1, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ indoor track team finished in sixth place, while the girls’ squad came in seventh during the 13-school Bayside Conference championship meet, last Wednesday at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.
“I thought Baysides went OK. I was a little disappointed with the performance because I thought we had a chance to have some individual [or] relay champions. Unfortunately, that did not work out,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “The standouts for me were [senior] Kevin Beck and [senior] Margie Rayne.”
Kent Island won the boys’ competition with 95 points. James M. Bennett was second with 76 points, followed by Snow Hill in third (69). Decatur tallied 36 points for sixth place.
Athletes who scored points for Decatur for placing eighth or better in their events were: Beck (1,600-meter run, second, 4:43.9; 800-meter run, second, 2:04.62), senior Gavin Bunting (500-meter run, sixth, 1:12.96), and juniors Carter McClendon (800-meter run, sixth, 2:14.55) and Zachary Fuchsluger (high jump, seventh, 5 feet 4 inches).
Beck, juniors Sam Rakowski and George Cheynet, and senior Chad Fischer took second in the 3,200-meter relay race (8:42.7).
Bunting, McClendon, Beck and Fischer came in fifth place in the 1,600-meter relay race (3:58.27).
Kent Island earned first place in the girls’ competition, scoring 140 points. North Caroline was runner-up with 98.5 points and Bennett finished third with 75. Decatur recorded 24 points for seventh.
Lady Seahawks who scored points for Decatur were: Rayne (shot put, second, 32 feet 8 inches), junior Caroline Gardner (800-meter run, sixth, 2:47.68), and freshmen Avery Braciszewski (3,200-meter run, eighth, 13:38.09) and Zoriah Shockley (shot put, seventh, 28 feet 9.5 inches).
Gardner, Braciszewski and seniors Erica Hicks and Dori Krasner crossed the finish line fourth overall in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:19.5).
Senior Jenna Banks, junior Alyssa Romano and freshmen Chloe Candeloro and Skylar Griffin took fourth in the 1,600-meter relay race (5:09. 94).
Decatur will compete in the 3A East Region championship meet on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. at the Baltimore Armory.
“It will be difficult competition. Indoor is probably the hardest of the track sports to qualify for the state meet,” Stigler said. “I think our goal should be to have our best performance at regionals and hopefully that will lead to a few athletes qualifying for the state meet.”