Seven Stephen Decatur track athletes to compete in state meet

Seven Stephen Decatur track athletes to compete in state meet

(May 24, 2013) Seven Stephen Decatur track athletes will compete in the 3A state championship meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The Seahawks’ stellar performances during the 3A East Regional meet, held May 16 and 18 at Reservoir High School in Fulton, earned them spots in this weekend’s championship.

“We did pretty well,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “The competition was really strong. The 3A East Region is one of, if not the, strongest in the state.”

Junior Katie Collins pole vaulted 8 feet 6 inches to take top honors in the regional event.

“I think I did good, but I could have done better. I was really close to getting 9 feet,” Collins said. “States will be a lot harder. My goal is to get 9 feet or higher.”

Senior Ameerah Lewis took second place in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet 6 inches.

Antoni’a Green, a senior, finished in fourth place in the shot put, launching it 31 feet 1 inch,  to make her the third Lady Seahawk to advance to the state meet.

Senior Sunday Aroh was runner-up in the pole vault, with a height of 11 feet 4 inches. Zachary Watters, a senior, tied for fourth place with Reservoir’s Evan Rector and Centennial High School’s Richard Vook. They all vaulted 10 feet 10 inches.

Sophomore Lucas Duker will compete in two state events. He tied for second place in the regional high jump with Trey Clark of Howard High School. The both recorded high jumps of 5 feet 11 inches. Duker came in third in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 16.65 seconds.

Senior Patrick Phillips will also participate in two state competitions. He threw the discus 128 feet 5 inches, earning third place in the event. Phillips hurled the shot put 46 feet .5 inches to finish in fourth place.

The top four athletes in each regional event qualified for the 3A state championship meet.

“I think we have a chance to place highly and score some points,” Stigler said.

PHOTO COURTESY JODY STIGLER
Stephen Decatur track athletes, from left, Zachary Watters, Patrick Phillips, Katie Collins, Ameerah Lewis, Sunday Aroh and Lucas Duker (Antoni’a Green, not pictured) will compete in the 3A state championship meet, May 24-25, at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

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