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Decatur boys’ 1,600m relay wins Bayside title

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 18, 2017
Courtesy of: JODY STIGLER The 1,600-meter relay team of, from left, sophomore Chad Fischer, junior Tah’jeem Woodland and seniors Cameron James and Wyatt Davy, won the Bayside title in their event during the conference championship meet, held last Wednesday in Cambridge.

(May 19, 2017) The Stephen Decatur boys’ track and field team finished in fifth place during last Wednesday’s 16-school Bayside Conference championship meet in Cambridge, while the Lady Seahawks came in 10th in their competition.

“Overall, I thought the boys did pretty well. We were missing some girls that are key contributors [because of] injuries, so we were a little weak on the girls’ side this year,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “Overall, I thought it was probably the strongest Bayside meet since I have started coaching [six years ago], in terms of competition, which is good. Nine Bayside records were broken at the meet.”

North Caroline won the boys’ competition, scoring 124 points. Rounding out the top five teams were Kent Island (82), Cambridge (79.5), Wicomico (62) and Decatur (61).

Junior Tah’jeem Woodland was the only Decatur athlete to win an individual event. He crossed the finish line first in the 400-meter dash (49.53 seconds).

Woodland finished second in the 100-meter dash (11.04 seconds) and in the 200-meter dash (22.16 seconds).

“Standout performer for the boys was Tah’jeem Woodland, who won the 400 and ran the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay team,” Stigler said.

Joining Woodland for the 1,600-meter relay team were seniors Wyatt Davy and Cameron James and sophomore Chad Fischer. The boys earned first place and the Bayside title (3:33.9).

“I was really impressed with the boys on the 1,600 relay team. They have really been working hard over the last few weeks and it showed in that relay,” Stigler said. “The 1,600 relay is always tough because it is the last event of the meet so everyone is tired, but I thought they showed a lot of heart performing well when they are tired.”

Seahawks who scored points for the team for placing eighth or better in their individual events were James (800-meter run, fourth, 2:06.43), Davy (high jump, sixth, 5 feet 6 inches), junior Jack Reimer (3,200-meter run, fifth, 10:48.77), seniors Gavin Payne (shot put, third, 42 feet 7 inches; discus, fifth, 118 feet 5 inches) and Patrick Miller (shot put, seventh, 39 feet 2 inches).

“I also thought that Gavin Payne in the throws did well and has continued to improve and work hard throughout the year,” Stigler said. “Jack Reimer ran his PR in the 3,200. I thought he ran well.”

Seniors Avonte Purnell and William Thompson, junior Montrel Moore and sophomore Daymont Mercer came in eighth in the 400-meter relay race (46.72 seconds).

James M. Bennett won the girls’ competition, tallying 121 points. North Caroline was runner-up with 104.5 points. Queen Anne’s placed third with 98 points. Decatur recorded 21 points to finish in 10th.

Scoring points for the Seahawks’ squad for placing eighth or better in their individual events were seniors Bethany Williams (triple jump, eighth, 31 feet 4 inches) and Claire Billings (800-meter run, third, 2:26.58), sophomores Dori Krasner (800-meter run, eighth, 2:41.45; 1,600-meter race, seventh, 6:15.22) and Adriana Serpe (100-meter hurdles, seventh, 18 seconds) and freshmen Bridget Buxbaum (high jump, fifth [tie], 4 feet 8 inches) and Caela Berrie (high jump, seventh [tie] 4 feet 8 inches).

Billings, Krasner, senior Peyton Dunham and freshman Caroline Gardner crossed the finish line fifth in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:04.06).

“Standout performer for the girls was Claire Billings, who came in third in the 800 and ran on the 3,200 relay,” Stigler said. “She did really well in the 800, but the field was really strong this year [and] in almost every event.”

The two-day 3A East Regional championship kicked off yesterday, Thursday, at Reservoir High School in Fulton, Maryland, and will continue on Saturday. The top four finishers in each event and anyone that reaches the qualifying standard will advance to the state meet, slated for May 26-27 at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

“I think we have a good chance to have a couple people advance to the state meet, but we will have to see how everything plays out this weekend,” Stigler said. “To do well, I think we have to prepare mentally for the regional meet.

“We are really at a disadvantage in our regional meet because we have to travel over three hours to get there,” Stigler continued. “That is really tough on the kids, coupled with the fact that we have only raced one team in our region all year. If we show up expecting to run our best time and leave it all on the track I think we will do well.”

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