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Decatur track athletes prepare for Bayside meet

(Jan. 16, 2015) The Stephen Decatur girls’ indoor track team finished in third place, while the boys’ squad took fifth during the 15-school meet at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill last Wednesday.

“I thought the boys and girls did OK,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “We have a few injuries, sicknesses, etc. to deal with, so hopefully we got that out of the way before Baysides.”

Kent Island won the girls’ competition with 87 points. North Caroline was second with 55 points and Decatur scored 49 points for third.

Senior Jenna Reimer earned second-place honors in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events. She completed the races in 5:52.10 and 12:47.30, respectively.

Christina Romano, a sophomore, tied for second in the high jump with North Caroline’s Kelsey Sloan (4 feet 8 inches.)

Sophomore Jillian Mitrecic’s pole vault of 7 feet was good for third place. Bethany Williams, a sophomore, took third in the triple jump (30 feet 4 inches.)

North Caroline won the boys’ competition with 66 points. Rounding out the top five teams were Caesar Rodney (62), Wicomico (58), Cape Henlopen (56) and Decatur (48).

Senior Parker Harrington crossed the finish line first in the 800-meter race (2:05.86). He placed second in the 500-meter event (1:11.29) and Jackson Mumford, a senior, finished a close third (1:11.36).

Harrington, Mumford, junior Zach Bernal and senior Tripp Ortega teamed up for the 1,600-meter relay race. The boys won the event in 3:50.70.

Hyun Chun, a junior, took third in the pole vault. He vaulted 9 feet 6 inches.

The Bayside Conference championship meet is set to begin at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the Worcester County Recreation Center.

“I would say Kent Island is the favorite for the girls. The boys’ [competition] is pretty much wide open,” Stigler said. “I think that Decatur should be in the top three or so schools on each side. I am hoping for top two finishes, however.”

To be successful, Stigler said, “I think it will be important for our athletes to win individual and relay events.”

“Our strength is going to be in the distance/mid-distance and pole vault events,” he said. “If we can win four or five events for boys and four or five events for girls, I would think that we would have a very good shot to come in the top two, and maybe higher.”

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