Ocean City Today

Number of new athletes join SD indoor track prog.

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 07, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Seniors Kate Carpenter and Montrel Moore have been members of the Stephen Decatur indoor track team for four years. Her main event is the 55-meter hurdles and he is a sprinter.

(Dec. 8, 2017) Over the years, Stephen Decatur veteran athletes have been successful in the indoor track field events. But those athletes have moved on and now there are a number of new participants making their debut.

“There are a lot of new faces in the field events. We don’t have any stalwarts. With most of the field events we’re starting from scratch,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “Traditionally, we’ve been strong in the field events. We counted on the returners to show the new kids the ropes. We don’t have as much of that this year.”

Approximately 40 boys and 30 girls are competing this season. About 15 boys and 10 girls are veterans.

“The boys are going to be OK. We have some depth with the runners,” Stigler said. “We have some kids who we can count on, on the track. We have some good sprinters and distance runners. Some of them do two or three seasons of track.”

Those include seniors Jack Reimer (distance) and Montrel Moore (sprints), junior Chad Fischer (mid-distance) and sophomore Eric Bontempo (shot put).

Stigler will also look to newcomers, freshman Kash Reyes (sprints) and senior Ethan Kibler (sprints, high jump) to contribute.

“They’ve stepped up and showed a lot in the first few practices,” he said.

Moore, who has been a member of the team for four years, said when he first started the seniors worked with him. He hopes to help the younger athletes and teach them as well.

“I feel like we’re getting stronger and stronger every day. Everybody is working really hard,” Moore said. “At first we really didn’t know each other, but we’re [forming] a bond. We want to win our meets, but the biggest thing is to grow as a family and not just a track team. I just hope we have a good season and that we get closer and closer every day.”

Moore plans on competing in the 55- and 300-meter events as well as relay races, in particular, the 800-meter relay and maybe the 1,600.

“I want to go to states this year. I know I’m going to have to work really hard but I think I can do it,” he said. “The 300 is my best event because I get faster over time.”

Stigler, now in his sixth season as head coach, said he expects the boys’ team to be competitive with the top Bayside Conference schools.

“If we can get production in the field events we’ll be in contention,” he said.

Stigler will rely on several returners to help lead the girls’ squad including sophomore Alyssa Romano (sprints, jumps), junior Dori Krasner (distance, mid-distance) and senior Kate Carpenter (hurdles, sprints). He will also look to sophomore newcomer Gabby Izzett (distance, mid-distance) to contribute.

“We have a lot of younger girls this year. I feel like a lot of the girls are very shy. I’m very outgoing … Me being a senior I feel like I can bring them together, which is going to be fun,” said Carpenter, a four-year member of the team. “They’re all really sweet girls. I think they’re all really strong. The more meets we have together we’re going to become closer, so I’m excited for that.”

Carpenter said her main event is the 55-meter hurdles. She will also run in relay races, most likely the 800-meter relay event. Her goal is to qualify for the state meet.

“I want to focus more on sprints this year because I think I perform better in sprints,” she said. “I just have really high hopes this year. I’m looking forward to the season, but it’s also kind of sad because I feel like I’ve grown so much through the track team.”

Stigler thinks the girls’ team will be strongest in distance events. The squad should score points in sprint and hurdle events as well.

“We’re not deep, but there’s some talent there,” he said.

Just like with the boys’ team, the key will also be for the girls’ squad to get production in the field events.

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