Ocean City Today

Indoor track athletes show improvement, SD coach says

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 21, 2017

(Dec. 22, 2017) The Stephen Decatur boys’ indoor track team tied for eighth placed and the girls’ squad came in ninth during last Wednesday’s 21-school meet at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

“I thought we saw improvement. We had a lot of change from [the Dec. 13 meet], because I was trying to make sure everyone has a seed time for their events at the Pat Russo Invitational [on Dec. 20],” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “So many athletes ran new events when compared to [the Dec. 13 meet], particularly individual events … I thought the standout runners were [junior] Kevin Beck and [sophomore] Gabrielle Izzett.”

Parkside won the boys’ competition with 67 points. Kent Island took second (63) and Cape Henlopen finished in third (62).

Decatur and Wicomico both tallied 26 points for eighth place.

Decatur athletes who scored points for placing eighth or better in their individual events were Beck (800-meter run, first, 2:09.99; 1,600-meter run, fourth, 4:56.48), junior Chad Fischer (500-meter run, sixth, 1:15.75) and senior Jack Reimer (3,200-meter race, seventh, 11:37.03).

Decatur’s 800-meter relay team of freshmen Kash Reyes and John James and juniors Jonathan Santana and Gavin Bunting finished in seventh (1:45.40).

Bunting, Fischer and sophomores Austin Cheynet and Sam Rakowski placed fifth in the 1,600-meter relay race (4:02.04).

Kent Island took top honors in the girls’ competition with 80 points. North Caroline was runner-up with 73.75 points, followed by Smyrna with 73.5. Decatur recorded 22 points for ninth place.

Girls who scored points for Decatur in their individual events were Izzett (800-meter run, fourth, 2:45.29; 1,600-meter run, second, 6:01.50) and junior Dori Krasner (1,600-meter run, seventh, 6:16.13).

Krasner, Izzett, sophomore Caroline Gardner and senior Laila Mirza crossed the finish line fourth in the 3,200-meter relay event (11:12.80).

Freshman Jabria Lewis, sophomore Alyssa Romano, junior Diamond Lockwood and senior Kate Carpenter came in eighth place in the 800-meter relay race (2:03.94).

The next meet will be after Christmas break, on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. in Snow Hill.

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