(Jan. 17, 2020) The Stephen Decatur girls’ indoor track team finished in eighth place overall out of 23 schools participating in last Wednesday’s meet at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

“The girls did a little better than in previous meets,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “I thought [junior] Mary Mergott and [senior] Caroline Gardner did well in their races. I am starting to see some improvement in the team, but we still have a lot of younger athletes who are starting to adjust to their events.”

Kent Island won the girls’ competition, scoring 75 points. Sussex Academy came in second with 63.5 points, followed by North Caroline in third with 57 points. Decatur tallied 25 points.

Earning points for Decatur for placing top eight in their individual events were: Mergott (800-meter run, fourth, 2:44.74; 1,600-meter run, seventh, 6:03.51), Gardner (800-meter run, eighth, 2:47.92), senior Alyssa Romano (500-meter run, sixth, 1:32.79) and sophomore Zoriah Shockley (shot put, fourth, 29 feet 7 inches).

Gardner, Mergott, Romano and junior Devon Kramer took fourth in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:19.5).

The 1,600-meter relay team of Romano, and freshmen Julia Carlson, Eva Luzier and Amelia Kemp came in sixth place (5:04.36).

Romano, Kemp, Luzier and junior Jabria Lewis finished eighth in the 800-meter relay race (2:03.2).

James M. Bennett won the boys’ competition with 71 points. Kent Island and Sussex Central tied for second with 66 points each. Cape Henlopen followed with 62 points.

Decatur’s boys’ team only scored one point to finish in 18th place.

The 3,200-meter relay team of juniors Philip Becnel and Liam Foley, and sophomores Gavin McCabe and Sam Woodley crossed the line eighth overall in the race (10:02.2), earning one point.

“The boys’ team struggled a little bit, but we were missing a few boys, so I kind of expected that,” Stigler said. “I thought the 3,200 relay ran pretty well as we were running some athletes in that event for the first time.”

The Bayside Conference schools will compete in their championship meet on Wednesday, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Worcester County Recreation Center.

“The strongest teams so far are Kent Island and North Caroline boys’ and girls’ teams, and Bennett’s boys’ team,” Stigler said. “We will just be working hard everyday at practice to get better. I would like to see all of our athletes have their best time/mark at Baysides and if we do that, I will be happy regardless of how we place.”

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