(Jan. 18, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ indoor track team finished tied for seventh place, while the girls’ squad came in ninth during the 21-school meet last Wednesday at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.
“Relays look good,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “I thought the standouts were probably Kevin Beck [in the] 3,200 relay, 1,600- and 800-[meter races] for the boys and probably Margie Rayne for the girls. [She] threw her PR by 2 feet and was second among Bayside girls [in the shot put].
Kent Island took top honors in the boys’ competition with 70 points. Cape Henlopen was second with 69.5 points, followed by Snow Hill with 61. Decatur and Easton scored 29 points each to tie for seventh.
Beck, a senior, won the 1,600-meter run (4:43.67). He finished second in the 800-meter race (2:08.74).
Senior Gavin Bunting also scored points for Decatur, placing eighth in the 500-meter run (1:16.39).
Beck, senior Chad Fischer and juniors George Cheynet and Carter McClendon crossed the finish line first in the 3,200-meter relay race (8:58.8).
Kent Island earned the No. 1 spot in the girls’ competition, tallying 95 points. Cape Henlopen was runner-up with 84 points and North Caroline came in third with 81.
Decatur scored 15 points to take ninth.
Junior Abbie Baker tied for fourth place in the pole vault with Snow Hill sophomore Erin Lambertson (7 feet).
Rayne, a senior, threw the shot put 29 feet 8 inches, good for fifth place. It was her personal best by 2 feet.
Junior Alyssa Romano tied for sixth place in the high jump with Parkside junior Leah Vilov. They both recorded heights of 4 feet 4 inches.
Romano came in seventh in the 300-meter dash (46.61 seconds).
Seniors Jenna Banks and Nevaeh Steward, sophomore Giana Cauble and freshman Alexis Mumford placed eighth in the 1,600-meter relay race (5:24.35).
Seniors Erica Hicks and Dori Krasner, junior Caroline Gardner and freshman Avery Braciszewski finished eighth in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:44.6).
Decatur will join the other Bayside schools in the conference championship meet, Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Worcester County Recreation Center.
“We are looking OK going into Baysides. We have a few injuries which we can hopefully get sorted out before next Wednesday,” Stigler said. “For Baysides, our focus is to have our best result in that meet. Basically, each athlete should be trying to have a PR at that meet (fastest time, highest jump, furthest throw, etc.).
“If we do that, I would be happy and I think our team performance will depend on athletes having their best performance at the Bayside meet,” he continued. “The goal for Decatur is probably to be in the top three or four schools which we will need to have some strong performances to achieve.”