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Track athletes ready for Baysides

(May 2, 2014) The Stephen Decatur girls’ outdoor track team won Tuesday’s 10-school meet at Seahawk Stadium in Berlin, while the boys’ squad finished in second place.

“We kind of dialed it down a little bit with the Bayside [Conference championship] meet being Friday, but I thought we did OK, considering the [cold, windy and rainy] conditions,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler.

The Lady Seahawks scored 166 points in the victory. Holly Grove was a distant runner-up with 57 points and James M. Bennett rounded out the top three teams (50).

Decatur athletes who won their individual races were sophomores Emily Cook (100-meter high hurdles, 17.4 seconds), Alison Alvarado (1,600 meters, 6:20.7) and Takia Long (shot put, 26 feet 8.5 inches), junior Meya Chilengi (3,200 meters, 13:39.9) and senior Rebecca Lederman (400 meters, 1:06.5).

Alvarado, Chilengi and sophomores Kayla Lorance and Elizabeth Masters took top honors in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:35.1).

Wicomico won the boys’ competition with 151 points. Decatur tallied 120 points for second place and Bennett took third (118).

Seahawks who earned first place in their individual races were juniors Parker Harrington (400 meters, 55.6 seconds), Ruben Ortega (300-meter intermediate hurdles, 43.1 seconds) and Jakhai Woodard (long jump, 18 feet .5 inches) and sophomore Hyun Chun (pole vault, 8 feet 6 inches).

Woodard, junior John Lambrinos and seniors Tayevon Mills and JJ Purnell crossed the finish line first in the 800-meter relay race (1:37.7).

Decatur is set to compete in the Bayside Conference championship meet today, Friday, in Cambridge.

“I think a good goal for our boys would be to be the top team in the Bayside South. The girls should be the top team in the south. I think a good goal for them would be a third-place finish,” Stigler said. “Cambridge will be good competition for our girls and if we finish above them I would be pleased with that. There are a couple people who have the chance to compete for individual championships, so hopefully we have some people who can pull through and win those because it is important to win individual championships to do well in the overall meet.”

Stephen Decatur senior Rebecca Lederman sprints to the finish line during Tuesday’s meet in Berlin. She took first in the 400-meter race.

Decatur senior Jakhai Woodard runs the first leg of the 800-meter relay race, which he and his teammates won.

Junior Hannah Wilson competes in the high jump.

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