(Dec. 12, 2014) The Stephen Decatur girls’ indoor track team finished fifth out of 20 schools, while the boys’ squad placed sixth during last Friday’s meet at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.
“I thought we did OK for the first meet. The competition is always pretty strong when you have 20 teams,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “We are really just trying to see where everyone fits during the first few weeks.”
Smyrna won the girls’ competition with 86 points. Rounding out the top five teams were Caesar Rodney (71), Kent Island (69), Dover (67) and Decatur (50).
Decatur sophomore Jillian Mitrecic took top honors in the pole vault event. She vaulted 7 feet 6 inches.
Christina Romano, a sophomore, placed second in the 300-meter race. She crossed the finish line in 46.1 seconds. Her high jump of 4 feet 10 inches was good for first place.
Senior Jenna Reimer earned second place in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 12:40.2.
Reimer also ran a leg of the 3,200-meter relay with teammates, juniors Alison Alvarado and Rachel Savage and senior Meya Chilengi. The girls finished in second place (11:27.4) behind Caesar Rodney (11:01.9).
Dover won the boys’ competition with 150 points. Smyrna and Appoquinimink followed with 57.5 and 40 points, respectively. Wicomico and North Caroline tied with 39.5 points, Caesar Rodney tallied 36 and Decatur scored 25.
“The Dover boys’ team is clearly very strong, but I thought we hung in there pretty well for the first meet,” Stigler said.
Decatur senior Parker Harrington crossed the finish line first in the 800-meter race (2:06.78). He was the team’s only first-place finisher.
The 1,600-meter relay event was a tight race. Dover came in first place, completing the race in 3:48. Smyrna took second (3:49.3) and Decatur was close behind in third (3:49.8). Competing for the Seahawks was junior Scott Berry, Harrington and seniors Jackson Mumford and Ruben Ortega.
The next indoor track meet is Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Worcester County Recreation Center.