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Decatur track and field teams win Tuesday’s meet

(April 10, 2015) The Stephen Decatur outdoor track and field teams took first place in the five-school meet on Tuesday in Berlin.

“I think that we did well in the meet. We had our first meet with pretty good weather so we set some pretty good times that we can hopefully build upon in the future,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “There has definitely been improvement in the first few meets. Hopefully as the season progresses and the weather improves we can continue to grow as a team.”

The Lady Seahawks scored 151 points to win the competition. Cambridge was second with 87 points and Snow Hill finished in third place with 37 points.

Decatur athletes who earned top honors in their individual events were: seniors Jenna Reimer (1,600 meters, 5:46.4; 3,200 meters, 12:51.9), Hannah Wilson (high jump, 4 feet 10 inches) and Amari Harmon (long jump, 51 feet 1 inch), juniors Lisa Purnell (discus, 82 feet 1 inch) and Takia Long (shotput, 29 feet 11 inches) and sophomore Bethany Williams (triple jump, 30 feet 6 inches).

Reimer, senior Meya Chilengi, junior Kayla Lorance and sophomore Peyton Dunham crossed the finish line first in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:23.6).

Junior Katie Hofman and sophomore Claire Billings joined Dunham and Chilengi for the 1,600-meter relay event. The girls won the race in 4:50.2.

The Decatur boys’ team scored 138 points. Cambridge was runner-up with 97 points and Snow Hill took third with 53 points.

Seahawks who earned victories in their individual events were: seniors Jakhai Woodard (100-meter dash, 12 seconds), Parker Harrington (1,600 meters, 4:57; 800 meters, 2:03.5), Ruben Ortega (300-meter Intermediate hurdles, 43.5 seconds), junior Evan Haas (pole vault, 10 feet) and sophomore Justin Longest (shotput, 38 feet 7 inches).

Woodard, senior Sean Velazquez-Alvino and sophomores Avante Purnell and John Curtis logged a first-place finish in the 400-meter relay race (46.4 seconds).

Junior Zach Bernal, Velazquez-Alvino, Purnell and Curtis won the 800-meter relay event (1:37.9).

The next track meet is Wednesday, April 15 at 4 p.m. in Stevensville.

Stephen Decatur sophomore Bethany Williams participates in the 300-meter Intermediate hurdles during Tuesday’s meet. She took third (53.8 seconds).

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