(Jan. 31, 2020) The 14 Bayside schools competed in their indoor track conference championship last Wednesday at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.
The Decatur girls’ team came in eighth place overall. The boys’ squad finished 13th.
“I think Baysides went OK. It was basically what I expected heading into the meet,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “I think that our top performers were probably Mary Mergott, Caroline Gardner and Alyssa Romano for the girls. For the boys, I thought the boys that ran on the 1,600 and 3,200 relays did pretty well.”
Kent Island won the girls’ competition, scoring 115.5 points. North Caroline was second with 97 points, followed by Parkside, tallying 66 points. Decatur earned 25 points.
The top eight in each individual and relay event scored points for their respective schools.
Mergott, a junior, finished fourth in the 1,600-meter race (5:52.76) and fifth in the 800-meter run (2:43.83).
Romano, a senior, took seventh in the 500-meter run (1:28.55). Gardner, a senior, placed seventh in the 800-meter run (2:48.08) and eighth in the 1,600-meter event (6:06.71).
Mergott, Gardner, Romano and freshman Julia Carlson crossed the finish line third overall in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:12.3).
Romano was joined by freshmen AudreyGrace Mumford, Eva Luzier and Amelia Kemp for the 1,600-meter relay race. The girls came in sixth place (4:56.75).
The 800-meter relay team of Romano, Kemp, junior Jabria Lewis and sophomore Skylar Griffin finished in seventh place (2:01).
James M. Bennett won the boys’ competition, recording 98.5 points. Kent Island was second with 85 points and North Caroline took third (62.5).
Decatur scored five points.
Junior Zachary Fuchsluger finished in seventh in the high jump event (5 feet 6 inches). Samuel Oates, a junior, placed eighth in the 55-meter hurdles event (8.88 seconds).
The 3,200-meter relay team of junior Philip Becnel, freshman Shiloh Ponds and sophomores Gavin McCabe and Sam Woodley came in seventh (9:47.3).
Decatur will compete in the 3A Central Region championship meet on Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Prince Georges Sportsplex in Landover.
Over the years, Decatur has traditionally participated in the east region.
“I’m not sure what to expect really with the change of region,” Stigler said. “I think that it will be pretty comparable to our region over the last couple of years, but we only see most of those teams at the state championship meet, so it will definitely be an adjustment.”
The top four finishers in each event at regional meets will advance to states. Additionally, athletes can qualify if they meet a predetermined advancement standard at the region competitions.
“I think that Decatur athletes need to keep working hard … leading up to the regional meet,” Stigler said.