Decatur track athletes perform well in first meet
(March 24, 2017) Stephen Decatur outdoor track and field Coach Jody Stigler was pleasantly surprised with the Seahawks’ performance during the first meet of the season, Tuesday in Berlin.
“I thought that we did really well for the first meet. I thought the team exceeded my expectations, which does not happen that often – they usually do basically what I think they will going in,” Stigler said. “I really did not know what to expect and had pretty low expectations going into the meet…because it was the first meet and we have a really inexperienced team – maybe the most inexperienced team that I have coached in my six years – particularly for the girls.”
The Decatur girls’ team racked up 128.5 points to win the five-school competition. Snow Hill was second with 92 points, followed by Nandua (51), Wicomico (42.5) and Crisfield (33).
“Snow Hill girls had a very successful indoor season, so I thought they were going to give us a tough time, but a few of our runners really stepped up and helped lead us to victory,” Stigler said.
Lady Seahawks who scored points by placing fifth or better were: seniors Claire Billings (400-meter dash, first, 1:02.90; 200-meter dash, second, 28.40 seconds), Madison Jones (100-meter dash, fourth (tie), 14.10 seconds; 200-meter dash, fourth, 29.10 seconds), Peyton Dunham (1,600-meter run, fourth, 6:35.70; 3,200-meter run, second, 14:13.40), Bethany Williams (high jump, first, 4 feet 8 inches; triple jump, second, 32 feet), Jessica Wharton (long jump, first, 15 feet) and Khalin Wise (long jump, second, 13 feet 4.5 inches; triple jump, third, 27 feet 8.75 inches; shot put, second, 26 feet .25 inch), juniors Maya Knepp (3,200-meter run, third, 14:32.50) and Kate Carpenter (100-meter hurdles, second, 19 seconds; 300-meter hurdles, first, 53.20 seconds), sophomore Dori Krasner (800-meter run, second, 2:48.30; 1,600-meter run, second, 6:13.30) and freshmen Caela Berrie (400-meter dash, third, 1:10; high jump, fifth, 4 feet 4 inches), Caroline Gardner (800-meter run, fifth, 2:57.30) and Bridget Buxbaum (high jump, third (tie), 4 feet 4 inches).
Billings, Dunham, Krasner and Wharton won the 1,600-meter relay race (4:50.80).
Billings, Jones, Wharton and Williams took second in the 400-meter relay (55.40 seconds). Carpenter, Jones, Wharton and sophomore Kima Singletary finished second in the 800-meter relay event (2:03). Dunham, Gardner, Knepp and Krasner came in second in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:54.80).
The Decatur boys’ team scored 116 points in the victory. Wicomico was runner-up with 83.5 points, followed by Snow Hill (74.5), Nandua (51) and Crisfield (36).
Seahawks who scored points for the team for top-five finishes were: seniors Avonte Purnell (100-meter dash, third, 11.70 seconds; long jump, second, 18 feet 4 inches), Cameron James (800-meter run, first, 2:12.70; 1,600-meter run, second, 5:01.10), Carl Echols (800-meter run, third, 2:30.80; pole vault, third, 7 feet 6 inches), Javier Hernandez (1,600-meter run, fifth, 5:30.20; 3,200-meter run, second, 11:44.70), Wyatt Davy (high jump, third (tie), 5 feet 2 inches; pole vault, second, 9 feet), Jared Massey (triple jump, first, 39 feet 10 inches), Gavin Payne (shot put, first, 36 feet 6 inches; discus, second, 104 feet 8 inches), Kevin Voyles (shot put, third, 36 feet) and Patrick Miller (discus, third, 89 feet 7 inches), juniors Tah’Jeem Woodland (200-meter dash, first, 23.40 seconds; 400-meter dash, first, 50.70 seconds; 100-meter dash, second, 11.40 seconds) and Montrel Moore (200-meter dash, fifth, 25.20 seconds) and sophomores Chad Fischer (400-meter dash, fifth, 56.30 seconds) and Jack Bahlman (pole vault, fourth, 7 feet).
Davy, Moore, Purnell and senior William Thompson finished second in the 800-meter relay race (1:40.50).
Davy, Thompson and sophomores Tyler Bernal and Zachary White place third in the 1,600-meter race (3:58). Freshmen Jessie Albino, Nathaniel Bradford, Joe Carpenter and sophomore Nicholas Riccio took third in the 400-meter relay race (58.20 seconds).
Hernandez, James, Thompson and Echols came in fourth in the 3,200-meter relay race (9:46.20).
Stigler said he was most impressed with the performances of Woodland (100, 200, 400), Billings (200, 400), Payne (shot put, discus) and Krasner (distance/relays).
“I have seen a lot of growth in the team and individuals since the first day of practice. I think we still have room to grow, which is encouraging,” he said. “Before the meet, I was struggling with figuring out which events to put each person in because I was not sure where each would individually fit and who I could really count on to give full effort and give a good performance. After the meet, I think I have a much better idea of who really fits where for the team.”
The next track meet is Tuesday at 4 p.m. at North Caroline High School in Ridgely.