SD boys’ team wins April 12 meet; girls’ squad takes 2nd
(April 21, 2017) The Stephen Decatur boys’ track and field team won last Wednesday’s eight-school meet in Berlin, while the Lady Seahawks came in second place in the girls’ competition.
“I was pleased with the performances of both teams,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “I am hoping to continue to improve over the next few weeks. It seems crazy, but we have our championship meets starting in about three weeks. The season is really flying by.”
Both Decatur teams scored many points in the field events. The boys’ squad racked up 87 points out of its 180.5 total in the field events – high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot put and discus. The girls’ team tallied 49 points out of its 115 in the field events.
“That is very helpful for our team scores. We have a lot of athletes in the field events that are improving, which is good,” Stigler said. “We have always traditionally scored a lot of points in field events. I think this is because field events are the events when our coaching shows more than many other events.”
The Decatur coaching staff, he added, can instruct athletes in the field events and fine-tune their technique.
“I can teach a sprinter to get a little faster, but there is some extent to what I can teach them,” Stigler continued. “Whereas, I can teach a kid with a little athletic ability to high jump or pole vault and the intricacies of those events that we are able to coach can make a big difference and allow the athlete to improve rapidly.”
The Decatur boys’ team took top honors with 180.5 points. Of the possible 39 points in each event, the Seahawks recorded 19 points in the pole vault, 18 in the discus and 16 in both the high jump and shot put.
Snow Hill was second, scoring 155 points. James M. Bennett finished in third place with 136 points.
Junior Tah’jeem Woodland won the 100- (11.2 seconds), 200- (22.9 seconds) and 400-meter dashes. His time of 49.1 seconds in the 400-meter dash was a personal record. He was 0.3 seconds short of the 32-year-old school record held by George James.
Decatur athletes who scored points for the team for placing eighth or better were seniors Avonte Purnell (100-meter dash, sixth (tie), 12 seconds; long jump, third, 19 feet 11.75 inches), Cameron James (800-meter run, first, 2:10.9; 1,600-meter run, fourth, 5:16.5), Wyatt Davy (high jump, third, 5 feet 6 inches; pole vault, third, 9 feet), Jared Massey (triple jump, first, 39 feet 1 inch; pole vault, second, 9 feet; high jump, seventh, 5 feet 2 inches), Carl Echols (pole vault, fourth, 8 feet 6 inches), Gavin Payne (shot put, second, 41 feet 1 inch; discus, third, 103 feet 1 inch), Kevin Voyles (shot put, fourth, 39 feet 9.5 inches), Patrick Miller (shot put, sixth, 36 feet 6 inches; discus, sixth, 93 feet 5 inches) and Steven Kaminski (discus, fifth, 98 feet 8 inches), juniors Jack Reimer (1,600-meter run, sixth, 5:20.6; 3,200-meter run, third, 11:24), Spencer Carbaugh (high jump, fourth, 5 feet 6 inches) and Joel Niles (high jump, sixth, 5 feet 4 inches), sophomore Chad Fischer (400-meter dash, seventh (tie), 57.1 seconds) and freshmen Richard Poist (800-meter run, seventh, 2:28.7), Andre Andrews (110-meter hurdles, seventh, 20.7 seconds; triple jump, seventh, 28 feet 7 inches) and Eric Bontempo (discus, fourth, 98 feet 9 inches).
Davy, Purnell, sophomore Daymont Mercer and junior Montrel Moore crossed the finish line first in the 400-meter relay race (46.2 seconds).
Davy, Fischer, Woodland and senior William Thompson won the 1,600-meter relay race (3:44.9).
Mercer, Moore, Purnell and Thompson were runner-up in the 800-meter relay event (1:37.7).
Echols, sophomore Brandon Juarez, freshman Carter McLendon and senior Nicholas Thompson placed fifth in the 3,200-meter relay race (10:17).
Bennett won the girls’ competition with 198 points. Decatur was second with 115 points, followed by Snow Hill tallying 105 points.
“I think J.M. Bennett is by far the best girls’ team in the conference, so I was pleased with second,” Stigler said. “I thought [senior] Claire Billings did well and I was happy with our girls high jumpers.”
Billings took third in the 400-meter dash (1:03.4). She also ran a leg for the 3,200-meter relay team, which placed second (10:55.4). Joining Billings was senior Peyton Dunham, freshman Caroline Gardner and sophomore Dori Krasner.
Decatur earned 21 of the 39 points up for grabs in the high jump. Senior Bethany Williams was victorious with a height of 4 feet 8 inches. Freshman Bridget Buxbaum finished in second, also with a high jump of 4 feet 8 inches. Williams made the height in less attempts. Caela Berrie, a freshman, placed sixth, with a height of 4 feet 6 inches.
Scoring points for Decatur for finishing eighth or better in their individual events were seniors Madison Jones (200-meter dash, fifth, 29 seconds), Jessica Wharton (long jump, second, 14 feet 10.5 inches), Khalin Wise (long jump, eighth, 13 feet 7.25 inches; shot put, third, 28 feet 4.25 inches; triple jump, fourth, 28 feet 11 inches), Dunham (1,600-meter run, fourth, 6:27.8; 3,200-meter run, fourth, 14:33) and Williams (triple jump, second, 32 feet 2 inches), junior Kate Carpenter (100-meter hurdles, fourth, 18.4 seconds; 300-meter hurdles, third, 55.6 seconds), sophomores Adriana Serpe (100-meter hurdles, third, 18 seconds) and Gardner (800-meter run, fifth, 2:52.7).
Carpenter, Jones, Wharton and Serpe crossed the finish line second in the 800-meter relay race (1:53.9).
Gardner, Dunham, Jones and Krasner placed fourth in the 1,600-meter relay event (4:51.2).
Jones, Serpe, Wharton and Williams came in sixth place in the 400-meter relay race (56.3 seconds).
The next track meet is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Salisbury.