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Decatur boys earn second in season opener

(Dec. 14, 2012) The Stephen Decatur boys’ indoor track and field team took second place, and the Lady Seahawks came in fourth, during the 20-school season opener on Dec. 5, at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

Caesar Rodney High School of Delaware won the boys’ competition with 115 points. Decatur was runner up with 71 points.

“To come in second place in a meet like that is good. We came in first out of all the Bayside [Conference] schools,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “I think we’re going to be strong, barring any injuries.”

Senior Kyle Kelly won the 300-meter race in 37.46 seconds.

“We had three guys in the top four in that race, which was good,” Stigler said. Senior James Mapp took third (38.46 seconds) and sophomore Jakhai Woodard finished in fourth place (38.92 seconds).

Woodard earned first-place honors in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet 5.25 inches. Senior Patrick Phillips scored a victory in the shot put, throwing a distance of 43 feet 5 inches.

Delaware schools, Cape Henlopen (69.5 points) and Caesar Rodney (69), placed first and second, respectively.

Bayside Conference schools, Kent County (68) and Decatur (45.5), finished in third and fourth place.

“The girls did pretty well,” Stigler said. “[Kent Island’s] top athletes are a little stronger than ours right now, but we’re a lot deeper. They’re the favorite in the Bayside, but we will be closer to them once the Bayside meet comes around [in late January].”

Junior Layla Fowler out-ran her competitors in the 500-meter event, crossing the finish line in 1:25. And senior Ameerah Lewis threw the shot put 30 feet 6 inches, to win the competition.

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