Woodland wins 100-, 200-, 400-meter races
(April 7, 2017) The Stephen Decatur boys’ outdoor track and field team finished in third place and the girls’ squad came in fifth during Tuesday’s competition at Kent Island High School in Stevensville.
“Overall, I thought it went pretty well,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “The boys did pretty well. The girls struggled a little. We were missing a few key athletes that would have enhanced our team performance had they participated.”
North Caroline won the boys’ competition with 129 points. Kent Island was second (77) followed by Decatur (73.5), James M. Bennett (67) and Easton (27.5).
Leading the Seahawks with three first-place finishes was junior Tah’Jeem Woodland. He won the 100- (11 seconds), 200- (22.6 seconds) and 400-meter (50 seconds) races.
Senior Jared Massey took top honors in the triple jump with a distance of 40 feet 3.25 inches. He placed fifth in the pole vault (8 feet 6 inches).
Seahawks who also scored points for the team for placing fifth or better were: seniors Wyatt Davy (high jump, second, 5 feet 8 inches; pole vault, fourth, 8 feet 6 inches), Gavin Payne (shot put, second, 38 feet 9 inches; discus, second, 108 feet 7 inches), Kevin Voyles (shot put, fourth, 37 feet 1 inch), Avonte’ Purnell (200-meter dash, fourth, 24 seconds; long jump, fifth, 18 feet 2 inches) and Javier Hernandez (3,200-meter run, fifth, 11:36), junior Joel Niles (high jump, fourth, 5 feet 4 inches) and freshman Eric Bontempo (discus, fifth, 102 feet 4 inches).
Purnell, junior Montrel Moore, senior William Thompson and sophomore Daymont Mercer finished second in the 800-meter relay race (1:37.7).
Purnell, Moore, Woodland and Mercer came in third in the 400-meter relay event (48.4 seconds).
Massey, sophomore Brandon Juarez and seniors Carl Echols and Nick Thompson placed fourth in the 3,200-meter relay race (10:05.2).
James M. Bennett won the girls’ competition, scoring 123 points. Kent Island was runner-up with 81 points followed by North Caroline (69), Easton (59) and Decatur (42).
Lady Seahawks who scored points for the team were: seniors Claire Billings (400-meter dash, second, 1:03.7), Khalin Wise (triple jump, fourth, 28 feet 9.75 inches) and Madison Jones (200-meter dash, fourth, 27.1 seconds; 100-meter dash, sixth, 13.9 seconds), junior Maya Knepp (3,200-meter run, fifth, 15:15.9), sophomores Dori Krasner (800-meter run, third, 2:46.1; 1,600-meter run, fifth, 6:19.1), Adriana Serpe (100-meter hurdles, fourth, 18.2 seconds; triple jump, fifth, 28 feet 7 inches) and freshman Caela Berrie (high jump, fifth, 4 feet 4 inches).
Billings, Serpe, Jones and senior Jessica Wharton finished third in the 400-meter relay race (55.5 seconds).
Jones, Wharton, junior Kate Carpenter and sophomore Kima Singletary crossed the finish line third overall in the 800-meter relay race (2:00.3).
Knepp, Krasner, senior Peyton Dunham and freshman Caroline Gardner came in third in the 3,200-meter relay event (11:37.1).
Billings, Dunham, Krasner and Berrie placed fourth in the 1,600-meter relay race (4:58.6).
Decatur will host the next meet, slated for Wednesday, April 12 at 4 p.m. in Berlin.
“I have seen improvement from the first meet, but we need to work on being consistent,” Stigler said. “For example, someone will run a PR in one event and will do significantly worse in another event that same day. I am hoping that we can improve on our consistency and get healthy soon.”