(March 29, 2013) The Stephen Decatur boys’ outdoor track team won the March 21, five-school season opener in Ridgley, Md.
The athletes not only had to battle each other, but also the elements, as snow and strong wind were also participants the event last Thursday.
“I was happy with the win, but it wasn’t pretty to watch,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “It was an OK performance, considering the conditions.”
Decatur scored 117 points. Kent Island was second with 103 points.
Seahawks who won their individual events were seniors Kyle Kelly (400-meter run, 53.5 seconds) and Patrick Phillips (shot put, 42 feet 9 inches; discus, 123 feet 10 inches) and sophomores Jakhai Woodward (long jump, 17 feet 9 inches) and Lucas Duker (high jump, 5 feet 6 inches).
Kelly and seniors Lance Ward, Dan Winters and Sonny Aroh took top honors in the 1,600-meter relay race (3:52.6).
The Lady Seahawks scored 117 points, good for second place. Kent Island won the meet with 122 points.
“Again, for the conditions and it being the first meet of the season, I thought the girls did OK,” Stigler said.
Earning individual first-place honors for Decatur were senior Antonia Green (shot put, 27 feet), junior Rebecca Lederman (100-meter dash, 13 seconds), sophomore Hannah Wilson (high jump, 4 feet 4 inches) and freshman Emily Cook (300-meter hurdles, 59.3 seconds).
Lederman, sophomore Amari Harmon, senior Shikerra Collick and junior Katie Collins crossed the finish line first in the 800-meter relay race (2:01.7).
The Seahawks will have a few days off for spring break and will return to the track on Thursday, April 4. Decatur will host the meet, which kicks off at 4 p.m.