(Feb. 14, 2014) Nine Stephen Decatur indoor track athletes have earned spots to compete Feb. 18, at the 3A state championships after their top performances last Tuesday, during the 3A East Regional meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.
“It was a tough meet for us,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. The Seahawks were only able to get in a few practices before the regional meet because of poor weather.
Seventeen schools are in the 3A East region, but only nine competed in the meet. Howard County schools cancelled after-school activities due to weather conditions. Eight teams representing Howard County schools did not attend the meet.
Decatur’s Lady Seahawks finished third overall, scoring 63 points. Huntingtown won the competition with 124 points and Northern of Calvert County took second with 63 points.
“The girls did really well. Third place is good,” Stigler said.
Seven Decatur female athletes placed fourth or better in their events to advance to the state meet.
Senior Layla Fowler earned second place in the 500-meter race, crossing the finish line in 1:21.58. Freshman Christina Romano’s high jump of 4 feet 6 inches was good for fourth place.
Sophomore Katie Hofman and junior Jenna Leitgeb joined Fowler and Romano for the 1,600-meter relay race. The girls finished in fourth place (4:37.37).
Decatur racked up 24 team points in the pole vault event. Decatur was the only school to enter athletes into the competition.
“Our pole vaulters were expected to be strong anyway,” Stigler said.
Senior Katie Collins won the event with a vault of 8 feet. Kacie Moore, a senior, vaulted 7 feet 6 inches, to take second place. Freshman Jillian Mitrecic’s vault of 7 feet landed her in the third-place spot.
Junior Jackson Mumford and sophomore Ben Short will join the seven Lady Seahawks at states.
Mumford finished second in the 500-meter race (1:13.39) and Short’s high jump of 5 feet 4 inches earned him a tie for second place in the event with Lackey’s Montell Garrison.
“I thought those two [Mumford and Short] had the best chance to qualify for states,” Stigler said.
Decatur sophomore Hyun Chun was the only pole vaulter entered into the event. His vault of 8 feet did not meet the 9-foot advancement standard so he failed to qualify for states.
The Decatur boys’ team finished seventh overall with 41 points. Huntingtown won the competition with 87 points.
“The boys did pretty well,” Stigler said. “We had a lot of fifth places. A lot of boys were right on the fringe of qualifying.”
The 3A state championship is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
“The competition should be very tough. I am hoping that we can have a few place and hopefully place pretty well,” Stigler said. “It will be a long meet and that is usually tough for the kids, especially those who do multiple events.”