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Lack of practice hampers Decatur track participants

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Jan 18, 2018

(Jan. 19, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ indoor track team finished in sixth place, while the girls’ squad came in eighth during a 12-school meet last Wednesday at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

“I thought we definitely could have done better. We hadn’t practiced in a while because of snow and it really showed,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “We have [less than a] week before Baysides, so we need to work hard the next few practices in order to have our best performances thus far at Baysides.”

Caesar Rodney won the boys’ competition with 135 points. Cape Henlopen finished second (91), followed by North Caroline (72). Decatur scored 35 points for sixth place.

Decatur athletes who scored points for the team for placing eighth or better in their individual events were freshman Kashif Reyes (55-meter dash, sixth, 7.33 seconds; 300-meter dash, sixth, 41.85 seconds), juniors Gavin Bunting (300-meter dash, fourth, 41.54 seconds), Chad Fischer (500-meter run, fifth, 1:17.66) and Kevin Beck (800-meter run, fourth, 2:17.45; 1,600-meter run, fifth, 5:09.92) and senior Jack Reimer (3,200-meter run, eighth, 11:08.47).

Reyes, Bunting, junior Zack White and sophomore Andrew Ball took fourth in the 800-meter relay race (1:46.41).

Bunting, Fischer and sophomores Sam Rakowski and Austin Cheynet came in eighth place in the 1,600-meter relay event (4:17.16).

Beck, Rakowski, Fischer and freshman John James crossed the finish line eighth in the 3,200-meter relay race (10:06.40).

Kent Island won the girls’ competition with 124 points. North Caroline was runner-up with 110.5 points, followed by Smyrna with 62.5 points. Decatur scored 22 points for eighth place.

Decatur Lady Seahawks who scored points for the team were freshman Kinsie Ruckle (shot put, eighth, 19 feet 11.5 inches), sophomores Alyssa Romano (300-meter dash, sixth, 49.48 seconds; high jump, eighth, 4 feet) and Gabby Izzett (800-meter run, third, 2:51.34) and junior Dori Krasner (800-meter run, fourth, 2:52.20).

Krasner, Izzett, senior Laila Mirza and freshman Lydia Woodley placed fifth in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:58.30).

The Bayside Conference championship is set for Wednesday, starting at 2 p.m. at the Worcester County Recreation Center.

“I think the athletes need to work hard this week and next. Also, I think they need to be ready mentally to have their best performance at the Bayside meet,” Stigler said. “As a team, it is important that we have individuals compete for the individual championships, as those carry large point values for team scores. I just want each individual Decatur athlete to do their best and I think the team scores will take care of themselves.”

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