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Lady Eagles pull away, win district title

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, April 13, 2013

After a back and forth battle with Sanger, the Decatur Lady Eagles prevailed in the end to claim the District 9-3A title Thursday at Sanger.

Decatur came away with 213 points to edge the Lady Indians who finished with 194.6. Bridgeport took fifth with 33.

BY THAT MUCH - Macen Stripling narrowly edged Natalie Neighbors in the 100 hurdles at the District 9-3A meet in Sanger Thursday. The Lady Eagles held on for a district title. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

BY THAT MUCH – Macen Stripling narrowly edged Natalie Neighbors in the 100 hurdles at the District 9-3A meet in Sanger Thursday. The Lady Eagles held on for a district title. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We knew it was going to be a tough battle with Sanger,” Decatur coach David Park said. “It was like a heavyweight fight all night. Our girls just took it to another level and some turned in their personal best.”

Natalie Neighbors broke her own record in the 300 hurdles with a 46.29. It was the best time she had ran since regionals last season.

Macen Stripling was able to edge Neighbors in the 110 hurdles. She has continued to knock off time in the event.

“We found a little glitch in getting on top of her center of gravity,” Park said. “Since then her speed and confidence has improved.”

Brianna Compton turned in another great performance as she continues to shine in her senior campaign. She came in second in the high point individual award coming away with five medals.

Haley Dennard ran away with the 800 meter with a time of 2:24.

“She [Dennard] didn’t run last year and came out after basketball this year and has done really well,” Park said. “She continues to just knock off time.”

With such a strong finish, the Lady Eagles may be coming into form at the right time.

“I hope so. That’s what you try to do is run good late in the year,” Park said. “Everyone put up a big effort to get the win. We battled and got the job done.”

The top four finishers in each event advance to the area meet next Thursday in Argyle.

TEAM STANDINGS (GIRLS)

GREAT PERFORMANCE - Brianna Compton garnered five medals Thursday at the district meet. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

GREAT PERFORMANCE – Brianna Compton garnered five medals Thursday at the district meet. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

1. Decatur 213
2. Sanger 194.6
3. Krum 92.3
4. Gainesville 68
5. Bridgeport 33

Long Jump: 1. Brianna Compton, Decatur, 17-4.5; 5. Bailey Thompson, Bridgeport, 15-9.5; 6. Yanira Rivas, Decatur, 15-8.

Triple Jump: 1. Briana Compton, Decatur, 36-6.5; 5. Rylee Howerton, Decatur, 28-8.

High Jump: 2. Bailey Berry, Decatur, 5-0; 3. Macen Stripling, Decatur, 4-10; 4. Nicole Neighbors, Decatur, 4-8.

Pole Vault: 1. Darci Billmire, Decatur, 7-6; 2. Jessica Kyle, Decatur, 7-6.

Discus: 4. Lily Doubrava, Decatur, 92-8.

Shot: 4. Darci Billmire, Decatur, 31-0.

3200: 6. Georgina Palomo, Decatur, 12:58; 7. Paola Palomo, Decatur, 13:00.

4×100: 2. Decatur, 50.24; 5. Bridgeport, 54.48.

800: 1. Haley Dennard, Decatur, 2:24; 3. Jessica Kyle, Decatur, 2:27.

100 hurdles: 1. Macen Stripling, Decatur, 16.12; 2. Nicole Neighbors, Decatur, 16.24; 5. Katy Hicks, Bridgeport, 18.74.

VAULTING TO THE TOP - Decatur's Darci Billmire clears the bar on her way to a first-place finish in the pole vault. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

VAULTING TO THE TOP – Decatur’s Darci Billmire clears the bar on her way to a first-place finish in the pole vault. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

100: 2. Yanira Rivas; Decatur, 13.37; 3. Bailey Thompson, Bridgeport, 13.49.

4×200: 2. Decatur, 1:49; 5. Bridgeport, 1:57.

400: 3. Bailey Berry, Decatur, 1:03.51; 4. Haley Dennard, Decatur, 1:03.84; 6. Sabrina Garza, Bridgeport, 1:04.99.

300 hurdles: 1. Nicole Neighbors, Decatur, 46.29; 3. Macen Stripling, Decatur, 50.01; 4. Keauna Smith, Decatur, 52.87; 5. Katy Hicks, Bridgeport, 53.95.

200: Briana Compton, Decatur, 25.75; 3. Brooklyn Bedford, Decatur, 27.33; 6. Bailey Thompson, Bridgeport, 27.90.

1600: 4. Jessica Kyle, Decatur, 5:40; 6. Georgina Palomo, Decatur, 5:46.

4×400: 1. Decatur, 4:09; 3. Bridgeport, 4:26

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