(Jan. 11, 2019) The Stephen Decatur girls’ indoor track team came in eighth place and the boys’ squad finished in ninth during the 16-school meet last Wednesday at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

“Overall, I think we did OK. It was our first meet back from break and basically the goal for that meet is go get back into the swing of things after break,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “I don’t usually expect any great performances from this meet in general because of the winter break, but I think we had some pretty solid performances and we didn’t seem to take a big step back over break which is good.”

Kent Island won the girls’ competition with 136 points. James M. Bennett took second with 66.5 points and Parkside finished in third with 48 points. Decatur scored 26.5 points to place eighth.

Decatur athletes who crossed the finish line eighth or better and earned points for the team were: juniors Alyssa Romano (high jump, third, 4 feet 4 inches; 300-meter dash, fourth, 46.9 seconds) and Caroline Gardner (800-meter run, seventh, 2:48.9), and freshmen Avery Braciszewski (3,200-meter run, sixth, 14:43.1) and Abby Wesche (pole vault, seventh (tie), 6 feet 6 inches).

Braciszewski, Gardner and seniors Erica Hicks and Dori Krasner placed fifth in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:31.5).

Krasner, Romano, junior Gabby Izzett and freshman Skylar Griffin took sixth in the 1,600-meter relay race (5:09.4).

Senior Nevaeh Steward, juniors Mackenzie Williams and Alexa Upperman and freshman Alexis Mumford came in 10th in the 800-meter relay race (2:15.1).

Kent Island scored 74 points to win the boys’ competition. Cape Henlopen (67) and Bennett (62) finished second and third, respectively. Decatur tallied 24 points for ninth.

Scoring points for Decatur were: seniors Kevin Beck (1,600-meter run, first, 4:48.1; 800-meter run, second, 2:10.4) and Chad Fischer (500-meter run, eighth, 1:18.5) and junior Sam Rakowski (1,600-meter run, eighth, 5:18.3).

Sophomore Kashif Reyes, and seniors Gavin Bunting, Jonathan Santana and Daquon Collick placed seventh in the 800-meter relay race (1:45.2).

Senior George Luzier, junior Carter McClendon and freshmen Raul Gault and Sam Woodley crossed the finish line seventh in the 3,200-meter relay race (10:02.6).

“As we move forward in our season, we are starting to gear up for the Bayside [Conference championship on Wednesday, Jan. 23] so our next two meets will be important to maximize our condition and have our athletes ready to have their best performances at the Bayside meet,” Stigler continued.

The next meet is Wednesday, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Worcester County Recreation Center.

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