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Decatur track and field teams ready for Bayside meet

(May 1, 2015) The Stephen Decatur girls’ and boys’ outdoor track and field teams won last Tuesday’s eight-school meet at Seahawk Stadium in Berlin as the athletes are set to compete in the May 1 Bayside Conference championships.

“I thought the girls did pretty well overall. I think we can do better in many events and we will need to do so by Baysides this Friday at Cambridge-South Dorchester,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said Monday. “The boys result was a little closer than I expected. Our boys will need to step it up this week.”

The Lady Seahawks scored 207.5 points. Northampton finished second with 63.5 points and Queen Anne’s placed third with 60 points.

Decatur athletes who earned victories in their individual events were sophomores Claire Billings (400 meters, 1:08.4) and Bethany Williams (triple jump, 30 feet 7 inches), juniors Emily Cook (100-meter high hurdles, 17 seconds; 300 Intermediate hurdles, 51.3 seconds) and Rachel Savage (800 meters, 2:47) and seniors Jenna Reimer (1,600 meters, 6:05.6; 3,200 meters, 13:21.5), Amari Harmon (long jump, 15 feet 3 inches) and Hannah Wilson (pole vault, 7 feet; high jump, 5 feet).

Wilson’s high jump of 5 feet was her best height for the season.

Billings, juniors Katie Hofman and Alison Alvarado and senior Meya Chilengi won the 1,600-meter relay race (4:53.7).

Chilengi, Alvarado, Savage and Reimer took top honors in the 3,200-meter relay event (11:25.5).

The Decatur boys’ team narrowly won the competition with 152.5 points. Colonel Richardson scored 147.5 points to finish runner-up. Nandua came in third with 109.5 points.

Senior Parker Harrington was victorious in the 800- and 1,600-meter races. He crossed the finish line in 2:05.2 and 4:54, respectively.

Junior Brett Kim’s pole vault of 10 feet 6 inches was good for first place in the event.

Decatur will join the other Bayside schools in the conference championship meet today, Friday.

“I don’t know that there is one team that is the favorite on either side of the competition,” Stigler said. “There are a few schools that are in contention.”

North Caroline, the boys’ and girls’ indoor track Bayside champions, Kent Island, Wicomico, Colonel Richardson and Decatur “could all land anywhere in the top five with no specific order that I am thinking,” Stigler said.

“To be successful as a team, we need to win events and do well in the distance races,” he added. “I think our girls will probably place higher than our boys, but I have been surprised before.”

Senior Hannah Wilson’s high jump of 5 feet was good for first place during last Tuesday’s meet in Berlin.
Stephen Decatur junior Brett Kim pole vaults 10 feet 6 inches to win the event during last Tuesday’s meet in Berlin.

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