(April 25, 2014) The Stephen Decatur girls’ outdoor track team earned top honors during the April 16 seven-school meet at Seahawk Stadium in Berlin.
The Lady Seahawks tallied 236 points. Snow Hill finished in second place with 83 points and Pocomoke took third (72 points.)
Decatur athletes who scored victories in their individual events were senior Rebecca Lederman (100 meters, 12.8 seconds; 200 meters, 27.1 seconds; 400 meters, 1:06.6), juniors Amari Harmon (long jump, 13 feet 7 inches) and Emily Kolarik (110-meter high hurdles, 16.4 seconds), sophomores Alison Alvarado (1,600 meters, 6:13; 3,200 meters, 13:22.1), Elizabeth Masters (800 meters, 2:52.6), Emily Cook (300-meter intermediate hurdles, 54.2 seconds) and Takia Long (shot put, 26 feet 10 inches) and freshman Bethany Williams (high jump, 4 feet 6 inches).
Sophomore Katie Hofman, Harmon, Cook and Lederman outran their competition in the 400-meter relay race (54.5 seconds).
Junior Meya Chilengi and sophomore Kayla Lorance joined Hofman and Alvarado for the 1,600-meter relay event. They crossed the finish line in 4:57.2, good for first place.
Alvarado, Chilengi, Lorance and freshman Peyton Dunham won the 3,200-meter relay race (11:56.7).
“I thought the girls performed well. Rebecca is our strongest girl overall and had another good performance,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “The weather was not ideal for great times (cold and windy), but I thought our girls’ team as a whole did pretty well and we are seeing some good improvement from them.”
Broadwater Academy scored 176.5 points to finish in first place in the boys’ competition. Decatur was second with 164 points and Snow Hill took third (81).
Seahawks who won their events were juniors Ruben Ortega (300-meter intermediate hurdles, 44.4 seconds), Parker Harrington (800 meters, 2:15.2) and Jakhai Woodard (long jump, 19 feet 4 inches).
Ortega, seniors Tayevon Mills and JJ Purnell and junior John Lambrinos crossed the finish line first in the 400-meter relay race (47.6 seconds).
Woodard joined Mills, Lambrinos and Purnell for the 800-meter relay event, which they won in 1:38.4.
Harrington, Lambrinos, Ortega and sophomore Zach Bernal earned a victory in the 1,600-meter relay race (3:57.7).
Harrington, freshman Scott Berry, sophomore Gary Frick and senior Kevin Herbert were successful in the 3,200-meter relay event (9:22.8).
“Our boys still have some holes to fill, particularly in the field events, but there are some individuals making good progress,” Stigler said. “I think we should get a boost this week with a few people returning from injury.”
Decatur is scheduled to compete in the annual Delmarva Relays, today, Friday, at Kent Island High School in Stevensville. The competition consists of all relay events.
The final meet of the regular season is set for Tuesday in Berlin at 4 p.m. followed by the Bayside Championship on May 2.
“In terms of team performance, I think our girls are the strongest team in the Bayside South although the north is much stronger,” Stigler said. “Our boys’ goal should be to finish as the top team in the south. I think if we do that, it would be a good accomplishment for them.”