(Dec. 17, 2021) Stephen Decatur and 12 other Bayside Conference schools competed in the first indoor track meet of the 2021-22 season last Wednesday at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

Because of covid canceling the 2020-21 season, it had been 679 days since the last meet.

The Decatur boys’ team came in third place and the girls’ squad finished in fifth.

“Overall, I was happy with our teams’ performance in the first meet. We had several great performances in our field events and we were able to score in nearly all of the distance events and most of the mid-distance events,” said Decatur Coach Brenda Hommel. “This was the first time for most of our athletes running in the Worcester rec facility since it has been 679 days since our last meet there. Many of them needed to get their jitters out and learn the feel of the track. Since the track is only 167 meters long it tends to play mind tricks on the distance runners. The two-mile [race], for example, is 19.25 laps. I hope to see our teams continue to improve as they get used to the track and learn the pace of their events.”

Kent Island won the boys’ competition, scoring 83 points. Easton was runner-up with 60, followed by Decatur with 56.

Scoring points for Decatur for placing first thought eighth in their events were: seniors Tristan Dutton (1,600 meter race, first, 5:07.72 *season record), Gavin McCabe (800-meter run, seventh, 2:27.08), Owen Mielnik (pole vault, first, 13 feet *season record) and Jay McCarter (high jump, third, 5 feet) and sophomore Ethan Justice (800-meter run, first, 2:17.10 *season record; 3,200-meter race, second, 11:03.83).

Dutton, McCabe, Justice and junior Shiloh Carmack placed fourth in the 3,300-meter relay race (9:26.80).

McCarter and juniors Jaden Holland, Riley Calloway and Conner Herr took fifth in the 800-meter relay race (1:46.91).

Calloway, senior Gavin Weeks and freshmen Ethan Cowder and Brandon Fitzgerald came in eighth in the 1,600-meter relay event (4:16.12).

Parkside won the girls’ competition, tallying 72 points, followed by Kent Island (67), North Caroline (57), Easton (56) and Decatur (47).

Scoring points for Decatur for placing top eight in their events were: senior Rachel Peretz (shot put, seventh, 20 feet 10 inches), juniors Summer Brenner (high jump, first, 4 feet 6 inches *season record; 55-meter hurdles, sixth, 11.04 seconds), Breanne Ferguson (500-meter run, fourth, 1:36.53) and Ava Becnel (3,200-meter run, seventh, 16:58.86), sophomores Tiara McDonald (300-meter dash, seventh, 49.05 seconds) and Daniela Carrasco Gonzalez (3,200-meter run, eighth, 17:41.45), and freshman Amber Marshall (1,600-meter run, fifth, 6:36.48).

Marshall, Ferguson, freshman Rachel Plata and Macy Woronecki finished in second place in the 3,200-meter relay race (12:24.20).

McDonald, junior Alexandria Urbanski, senior Mia Schwind and sophomore Kylie Powell took third in the 800-meter relay race (2:11.98).

McDonald, Peretz, Powell and sophomore Abigail Melito came in fifth in the 1,600-meter relay event (5:11.46).

The next indoor track meet is after the holiday break, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. at the recreation center in Snow Hill.

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