(April 26, 2019) The Stephen Decatur girls’ outdoor track team won Tuesday’s six-school meet in Snow Hill, while the boys’ squad came in second place in the final competition before the inaugural Bayside South Conference championship.
“Overall, I think we did OK. We were missing some people, because it was the day after we got back from spring break,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “Going into Baysides, we are doing pretty well in the field events, but we are struggling on the track. We are going to need to fight for all of the points on the track that we can manage to score and hopefully score a lot of points in the field events.”
The Lady Seahawks tallied 137 points in the victory on Tuesday. Snow Hill finished second with 94 points and Crisfield was third with 62.
Decatur athletes who scored points for the team for placing sixth or better were: senior Dori Krasner (800-meter run, first, 2:48.3; 1,600-meter run, second, 6:28.9), juniors Mikayla Denault (800-meter run, fifth, 3:06.5; 3,200-meter run, second, 14:26.2), Zehra Mirza (1,600-meter run, sixth, 6:47.5) and Mae Purnell (long jump, fourth, 11 feet 10.5 inches), sophomores Jessica Janney (high jump, first, 5 feet; long jump, first, 15 feet 5.5 inches; triple jump, first, 30 feet 9.5 inches), Giana Cauble (100-meter hurdles, fourth, 21.8 seconds; 300-meter hurdles, fourth, 1:05.1) and Tamyzia Bowen (long jump, fifth, 11 feet 8 inches), and freshmen Sommer Smith (400-meter dash, fourth, 1:23.8), Amalia Murphy (3,200-meter run, fourth, 15:41.6) Amelia Easton (pole vault, second, 6 feet) and Zoriah Shockley (shot put, second, 27 feet 11 inches).
The 3,200-meter relay team of Denault, Krasner, freshman Erin Riccio and sophomore Devon Kramer won their race in 11:59.6.
Sophomores Lydia Woodley and Reagan Flynn, freshman Emily Magee and Riccio were victorious in the 1,600-meter relay race (5:30.8).
The 800-meter relay team of Flynn, Easton, Purnell and freshman Imani Walker came in second place (2:07.1).
Walker, Easton, sophomore Tija Lewis and freshman Zoe Hargrove finished fourth in the 400-meter relay race (59.8 seconds).
Snow Hill took top honors in the boys’ competition with 180 points. Decatur was second with 147 points and Pocomoke finished in third with 47.
Scoring points for Decatur for placing sixth or better were: seniors Chad Fischer (800-meter run, first, 2:17.6; 400-meter dash, third, 55.8 seconds), Victor Vick (110-meter hurdles, fourth, 18.1 seconds; 300-meter hurdles, sixth, 47.4 seconds) and Daletez Smith (shot put, second, 42 feet 3.5 inches), juniors Sam Rakowski (800-meter run, second, 2:19.2; 1,600-meter run, fourth, 5:17.5), Matt Miller (800-meter run, sixth, 2:36.4) and Austin Cheynet (1,600-meter run, fifth, 5:19.3), sophomores Liam Foley (3,200-meter run, second, 12:03.2), Sam Oates (110-meter hurdles, second, 17.9 seconds), London Drummond (high jump, first, 6 feet; triple jump, first, 40 feet 4.5 inches; long jump, second, 18 feet 5 inches) and Noah Selt (pole vault, second, 9 feet 6 inches), and freshmen Jake Gillespie (3,200-meter run, sixth, 14:47.5), Justin Hicks (high jump, third, 5 feet 6 inches; pole vault, fifth, 8 feet) and Ed Gault (long jump, third, 17 feet 8 inches; triple jump, third, 36 feet 8.75 inches).
The 800-meter relay team of seniors Daquon Collick and Jonathan Santana, sophomore Cameron Smith and freshman Brandon Quach finished in second place (1:41.7).
Fischer, Gault and freshmen James Barrett and Michael Romano were runner-up in the 1,600-meter relay race (3:58.3).
The 3,200-meter relay team of Cheynet, Fischer, Rakowski and Foley also came in second place (9:26).
Collick, juniors Theo Hobbs and Garrett Herr and freshman Elijah Wiltbank took third in the 400-meter relay race (48 seconds).
Decatur will join the eight other Bayside South Conference schools for a championship meet in Salisbury on Tuesday, beginning at 3 p.m.
The nine north schools will go head-to-head in their own meet two days later in Stevensville.
This is the first time the south and north schools will compete in separate conference meets. They will still all come together for the overall Bayside Conference championship on Saturday, May 11.
“The decision to run the north and south championships was just to give the kids another good meet to run with fully automatic timing (FAT) rather than hand timing. I was for it because basically every meet that I run has the majority of the south schools anyway, so it really wasn’t that far out of the ordinary,” Stigler said. “I think it is a good thing, because it gives the kids something be interested in and run hard for at the meet. It also puts us more on par with other sports that treat the north and south separately.”
Stigler hopes both Decatur teams can place high.
“We do really well in field events, but we have been struggling on the track, so hopefully we can have some good performances on the track that will help our team,” he said. “I think we need to focus on continuing to improve individually and collectively and hope to PR [personal record] at each meet that we have coming up.”