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Four Decatur track athletes head for state competition

(Feb. 8, 2013) Four Stephen Decatur indoor track athletes have earned a spot to compete Feb. 19, in the 3A state championships after their top performances Tuesday, during the 3A East Regional meet at the Baltimore 5th Regiment Armory.

“Our region is the strongest in the state, without any question,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “The running events are particularly strong. We had a couple people who were close, by fractions of a second, from qualifying.”

The field events, Stigler said, is “what has set us apart this whole year” and where the teams scored a majority of their points during the regional competition.

Two boys and two girls who competed in field events will represent Decatur at states after placing fourth or better at regionals.

Sophomore Lucas Duker was seeded No. 1 in the regional high jump event. He won the competition with a jump of 5 feet 9 inches.

Senior Patrick Phillips finished in third place in the shot put event (45 feet 3.5 inches).

Junior Katie Collins placed second in the pole vault (7 feet 10 inches). Junior Kacie Moore was right behind her, with a vault of 7 feet 6 inches, good for third place.

Overall, the Decatur boys’ team scored 28 points to finished seventh out of the 15 schools that participated. The Lady Seahawks tallied 26 points to land in the ninth-place spot.

The state championship is set for Feb. 19, at Prince George’s Sports Complex in Landover.

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