Beck, Seahawks Solid In Russo Meet

SNOW HILL- Stephen Decatur’s varsity indoor track teams turned in solid performances last week at the Pat Russo Invitational, an annual holiday meet featuring teams from across Delmarva named for the program’s longtime coach.

This year marked the sixth annual Pat Russo Invitational, named for the Decatur track coach and legend who ran the program for 41 years before retiring. The Decatur boys finished ninth overall as a team among the 16 schools represented, while the Decatur girls also finished ninth among the 15 teams in its meet.

Decatur’s Kevin Beck had a strong meet, finishing first in the 800. Beck also helped lead the Decatur boys to a first-place finish in the 4×800 relay. Gavin Bunting finished 14th in the 300. Bunting also finished 10th in the 500, while Chad Fischer finished 12th. While Beck won the 800, George Cheynet finished 11th in the event.

Beck also finished third in the 1,600, while Sam Rakowski finished eighth and Carter McClendon finished 14th. In the 3,200, Decatur’s Samuel Woodley finished ninth while Tristan Dutton came in 16th. Hunter Wolf finished 11th in the 55-meter hurdles, while Andrew Ball finished 16th. In the other relays, the Decatur boys finished eighth in the 4×400 and 10th in the 4×200. In the field events, Zachary Fuchsluger finished 10th in the high jump.

On the girls’ side, Decatur’s Alyssa Romano finished 10th in the 300. Gabrielle Izzett finished fourth in the 800, while Caroline Gardner was 14th. Izzett also finished fifth in the 1,600 while Dori Krasner came in 19th. Avery Braciszewski finished 13th and Amalia Murphy finished 14th in the 3,200.

Raeghan Flynn finished 19th in the 55-meter hurdles. In the relays, the Decatur girls finished 11th in the 4×200, 12th in the 4×400 and seventh in the 4×800. In the field events, Romano finished 12th in the high jump. Abbie Baker came in sixth in the pole vault, while Abby Wesche finished 10th. Zoriah Shockley finished 19th in the shot put.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.