(Dec. 21, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ indoor track team tied for seventh place and the girls’ squad tied for eighth during last Wednesday’s 20-school meet at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.
“I made a lot of changes compared to the first meet to see some runners in some different events,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “Yes, I saw some improvement, but we also saw many athletes in different events. I thought [senior] Kevin [Beck] ran really well in the 1600m, [junior] Gabby [Izzett] in the 1600m and the girls pole vaulters all did well.”
The top-eight finishers in each event earned points for their respectively schools.
Cape Henlopen won the boys’ competition with 61.5 points. Snow Hill and Decatur both scored 35 points to come in seventh place.
Beck crossed the finish line first in the 1,600-meter race (4:46.91). Junior Carter McClendon finished eighth in the event (5:14.42).
Decatur had runners place fourth, fifth and sixth in the 800-meter run. Junior George Cheynet (2:17.86) was followed by Beck (2:18.38) and junior Sam Rakowski (2:18.56), respectively.
Senior Gavin Bunting took seventh in the 500-meter run (1:17.60).
Beck, Cheynet, Rakowski and senior Chad Fischer were victorious in the 3,200-meter relay race (8:53.8).
North Caroline won the girls’ competition with 94 points. Decatur and Cambridge both scored 16 points, good for eighth place.
Junior Abbie Baker was the top finisher for Decatur. She came in fourth in the pole vault (7 feet 6 inches). Freshman Abby Wesche placed sixth with a vault of 6 feet 6 inches.
Izzett crossed the finish line fifth overall in the 1,600-meter run (5:59.18).
Izzett, seniors Erica Hicks and Dori Krasner and junior Caroline Gardner took fifth in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:20.2).
Decatur’s next meet is after the holiday break, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Worcester County Recreation Center.