Decatur indoor track teams earn second place in Dec. 12 competition

(Dec. 21, 2012) The Stephen Decatur boys’ indoor track team finished in second place, and the Lady Seahawks tied with Smyrna High School of Delaware for second, during a 20-school meet held Dec. 12, at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

“I thought it was a good meet. We beat all the Bayside [Conference] schools,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said of the Seahawks’ performances.

Delaware’s Caesar Rodney High School took top honors in the boys’ competition with 80 points. Decatur earned 67.

“The thing that’s good is that we’re scoring points in lots of events. I’m definitely pleased with how [it] went,” Stigler said.

Patrick Phillips, a senior, hurled the shot put 40 feet 10.5 inches to win the event. Senior Kyle Kelly was victorious in the 300-meter race (37.62 seconds).

Kelly, senior James Mapp, junior Tayevon Mills and sophomore Jakhai Woodard out-ran their competition in the 800m relay event. The boys completed the race in 1:36, followed immediately behind by teams from Queen Anne’s (1:37) and Caesar Rodney (1:38).

“In that sort of [sprint] race, it’s not really that close,” Stigler said, referring to the one-second time difference. “We were comfortably ahead the whole race.”

Kelly, senior Dan Winters, junior James Davidson and sophomore Jackson Mumford were victorious in the 1,600m relay race (3:45).

The Lady Seahawks team also finished first among the Bayside Conference schools. Delaware’s Cape Henlopen squad won the competition with 71 points. Decatur and Smyrna tied for second place with 64 points.

“I was happy with the performance,” Stigler said. “We have a lot of girls who are out (sick) and we still tied for second, and we did better than last week. That’s definitely encouraging for me.”

Senior Ameerah Lewis threw the shot put 32 feet 10.5 inches to win the event. Junior Kacie Moore pole vaulted 7 feet 6 inches to earn a victory in the competition.

Juniors Layla Fowler and Chloe FauntLeRoy and sophomores Lauren Bodolus and Jenna Leitgeb teamed up for the 1,600m relay race. They won in 4:36.

The next track meet is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. in Snow Hill.

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