(Feb. 8, 2019) One Stephen Decatur indoor track relay team and two individual athletes earned ribbons for their performances during the 3A East Region meet at the Baltimore Armory on Tuesday.
“The meet went well. The competition was really strong as expected,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “Indoor is probably the toughest of the track sports in terms of regional meets. Decatur athletes did about as I expected for the most part.”
Seniors Kevin Beck and Margie Rayne qualified for the state championship by placing top-four in their events.
Beck finished in second place in the 800-meter run. He crossed the finish line in 2:04.04.
“We knew he would have a very good shot to qualify if he had a good performance. He jumped right out to an early lead and was really in control of the race,” Stigler said. “He set a very fast pace and that eliminated many of his competitors from contention.
“Unfortunately, he went just a little too fast at the beginning and lost at the end by literally a nose – .1 seconds,” Stigler continued. “He was leading the race for 799 of the 800 meters. I’m not upset, because he left everything out on the track. But, we will be working in practice on pacing, so that he hopefully doesn’t burn himself out in the beginning of the race and has a little more left in the tank at the very end.”
Beck was also a member of the 3,200-meter relay team with senior Chad Fischer and juniors Sam Rakowski and Austin Cheynet. The foursome completed the race in 8:57.95, good for fifth place.
Freshman Justin Hicks pole vaulted 7 feet to place fifth in the event.
Unfortunately, only the top four advance to states.
Rayne will be joining Beck at states, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Prince Georges Sportsplex in Landover.
Rayne placed third in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet 3.5 inches.
“We knew that Margie had a really good chance going into the meet to qualify … She threw a little bit less than her best [of] 34 feet, but at the Armory it is really difficult to have your best performance,” Stigler said. “Basically, if you PR there, you are performing at a significantly higher level than your previous best. It took Margie a few throws to figure out the footing at the Armory, but after that she had some really good throws and hopefully she can get a throw out past 34 feet at states.”