Ocean City Today

Woodland 2-time Bayside champion in 400-meter race

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 17, 2018
Courtesy of: Jody Stigler Tah'Jeem Woodland

(May 18, 2018) Stephen Decatur senior Tah’Jeem Woodland captured his second consecutive Bayside title in the 400-meter dash during last Wednesday’s 17-school conference meet in Cambridge.

Woodland said he had a plan and stuck to it. He came out fast, strode through the first 100 and 200 meters, and then gave it all he had in the second half of the race.

Woodland felt confident throughout the race, despite Colonel Richardson’s Marcus Johnson running it in 49 seconds earlier this season, he said.

Woodland won the Bayside race in 50.67 seconds. Johnson came in second (52.32 seconds).

“It was a good day,” Woodland said. “To win back-to-back [titles in the 400] feels good.”

He is hoping to win his second 3A East Regional title in the event this Saturday, when the championship takes place at Reservoir High School.

“I think I have a good shot as long as I continue to run my race,” he said.

“I’m just really proud of him to win consecutive Bayside titles in the 400,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “He has been undefeated against Bayside competition in the 400 the past two years, so he will now have to work really hard to defend his regional title this year, as there are some really good runners in the race.”

Woodland finished fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.21 seconds) at Baysides.

Athletes who also scored points for Decatur for placing eighth or better were: freshman London Drummond (high jump, fourth [tie], 5 feet 10 inches) and sophomore Eric Bontempo (discus, fourth, 121 feet 3.5 inches).

The 3,200-meter relay team of sophomores Sam Rakowski, George Cheynet, Richard Poist and Matthew Brown crossed the finish line third overall (9:05.93).

Drummond, senior Montrel Moore and juniors Daymont Mercer and Tyler Bernal took eighth in the 800-meter relay race (1:36.32).

The Decatur boys’ team came in 12th place in the conference championship with 30.5 points. North Caroline racked up 80.5 points to win the competition.

The Decatur girls’ team finished in 10th place with 19 points. Kent Island earned top honors with 126 points.

Lady Seahawks who scored points for Decatur were: junior Dori Krasner (800-meter run, sixth, 2:39.86), sophomores Caela Berrie (high jump, third, 4 feet 10 inches) and Mikayla Denault (3,200-meter run, seventh, 14:19.02), and freshman Jessica Janney (triple jump, seventh, 29 feet 8.5 inches).

Krasner, Denault and juniors Noelle Dennis and Erica Hicks placed fifth in the 3,200-meter relay race (11:19.47).

Senior Emma Stubblebine joined Krasner, Dennis and Denault for the 1,600-meter race. The girls took seventh (4:49.56).

Stigler said track has changed in the Bayside over the past few years. There were about 800 entries in the conference meet, which he said would have been unheard of a couple years ago.

“Overall, track in the Bayside Conference has gotten stronger across the board and it was evident [last Wednesday],” he said. “There were about five or six schools that had a chance to win the meet going into the last two events. That has never happened since I started coaching.  Usually the meet is either decided or down to two schools at that time. I think this illustrates that competitiveness across the board in the conference.”

The 3A East Region track meet was scheduled to kick off Wednesday and continue on Saturday at Reservoir High School in Fulton, Maryland. The top four in each event will quality for states along with anyone who meets a pre-determined advancement standard for those competitions.

“I just would like to see our athletes achieve their best mark at this meet, and if they can do that I will consider that a success,” Stigler said.


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