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Athletes’ times ‘significantly better’

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Jan 25, 2018

(Jan. 26, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ indoor track team finished in fourth place, while the girls’ squad took sixth during last Wednesday’s 14-school meet at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

“Overall, I thought it went pretty well,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “Our times were significantly better than [the previous] week, which is to be expected with the long layoff that we had prior to the last meet. We are still working hard to try to improve upon these times/results.

“Best individual performers were probably [junior] Kevin Beck and [sophomore] Gabrielle Izzett,” he added. “I also thought the boys’ 3,200 relay ran well.”

Cape Henlopen won the boys’ competition, scoring 97.5 points. Caesar Rodney and Parkside tied for second place with 61 points, followed by Decatur with 55.5 points.

Decatur athletes who scored points for the team for finishing eighth or better in their individual events were: Beck (800-meter run, second, 2:08.79; 1,600-meter run, second, 5:00.04), senior Jack Reimer (1,600-meter run, seventh, 5:14.78; 3,200-meter run, third, 11:21.52), juniors Chad Fischer (500-meter run, third, 1:18.24) and Gavin Bunting (300-meter dash, fourth, 41.01 seconds), sophomores Austin Cheynet (1,600-meter run, eighth, 5:20.72) and Eric Bontempo (shot put, eighth, 34 feet) and freshman John James (pole vault, eighth (tie), 7 feet 6 inches).

Beck, Fischer, Cheynet and sophomore Sam Rakowski crossed the finish line first in the 3,200-meter relay race (9:19.20).

Rakowski, Bunting, junior Matt White and freshman Kashif Reyes came in fifth in the 800-meter relay race (1:45.88).

Sophomore Carter McClendon joined Bunting, Cheynet and Rakowski for the 1,600-meter relay race. The foursome placed fifth (4:17.95).

James M. Bennett won the girls’ competition, tallying 97.5 points. Parkside (77), Lake Forest (59, tie) Cambridge (59, tie), Caesar Rodney (48) and Decatur (34) rounded out the top six teams.

Lady Seahawks who scored points for Decatur were: Izzett (800-meter run, first, 2:45.03; 1,600-meter run, first, 6:01.47), junior Dori Krasner (800-meter run, fifth, 2:52.36) and senior Kate Carpenter (55-meter hurdles, seventh, 10.76 seconds).

Carpenter, senior Laila Mirza and sophomores Jennifer Hernandez and Alyssa Romano finished fourth in the 1,600-meter relay race (5:26.26).

Carpenter, junior Dimond Lockwood, freshman Jabria Lewis and senior Emma Stubblebine came in seventh in the 800-meter relay race (2:08.45).

The next indoor track meet is scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Snow Hill.

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