(May 9, 2014) Stephen Decatur’s girls’ outdoor track team finished fourth, while the boys’ squad placed eighth during the May 2 Bayside Conference championship meet in Cambridge.
Kent Island took top honors in the girls’ competition with 151 points. North Caroline was second with 125.5 points and Cambridge placed third (115). Decatur scored 76.5 points for fourth place.
Senior Rebecca Lederman earned top-four finishes in three events. She crossed the finish line second in the 400-meter dash (1:03.11), third in the 100-meter run (13.03 seconds) and fourth in the 200-meter event (27.71 seconds).
Sophomore Emily Cook scored a second-place award in the 100-meter hurdles (16.93 seconds). She took fourth in the 300-meter hurdles event (52.41 seconds).
Junior Hannah Wilson tied for second place in the pole vault (7 feet 6 inches) with Kent Island’s Valerie Abbott. Wilson’s high jump of 4 feet 6 inches was good for fourth place.
Junior Amari Harmon won fourth place in the long jump (14 feet 1.5 inches).
Sophomore Alisa Purnell threw the discus 81 feet 10 inches, putting her in the fourth-place spot.
Takia Long, a sophomore, hurled the shot put 29 feet 4 inches to finish in fourth place.
“Overall, I thought the girls performed pretty well,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “They finished right where I expected and they were the top team out of the Bayside South schools, which I thought was a reasonable goal going in.”
Kent Island won the boys’ competition with 149 points. North Caroline (99) and Wi-Hi (83) rounded out the top three teams. Decatur tallied 29 points for eighth place.
The Decatur boys’ 800-meter relay team was the only top-four finisher for the Seahawks.
Seniors JJ Purnell and Tayevon Mills and juniors Jakhai Woodard and John Lambrinos completed the race in 1:35.18, good for third place.
“I thought the boys would have done better, but there were a few boys who didn’t individually do what I expected of them,” Stigler said. “Overall, about half of the boys ran their best and the other half did not. The problem was that the majority of the boys we needed to perform well and really had a shot to place higher did not do so great.”
The two-day 3A South Regional meet is scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, May 15 and 17, at Westlake High School in Waldorf.
“Basically, we need to work really hard for the next week or so to get ourselves ready for the regional meet. If we do that and if our athletes have a good day for the regional meet, I think that we will be in pretty good shape,” Stigler said Monday. “Competition will probably be tough, but I think it will be a lot better than the 3A East Region that we have been in for the past few years. I think we have a shot to have some individuals qualify for the state championships, but we will just have to wait and see what happens at the meet.”