Comeback kids: Decatur erases deficit, claims second straight district title

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, April 6, 2019
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HOME STRETCH – Decatur’s Triston Read crosses the finish line during the District 8-4A championships Thursday afternoon at Springtown High School. Read won gold in the 400, 800 and was on the 4×400 relay team that finished first. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

The Decatur Eagles found themselves in a familiar position entering the final day of the District 8-4A championships Thursday afternoon.

Trailing Argyle by 62 points, Decatur knew an uphill battle awaited. But the Eagles had been there before.

Last year at the district meet, Decatur erased a 43-point deficit to claim the title in dramatic fashion.

“Last year being [43] down, the comeback, I didn’t think there was going to be any way we could match that,” said Decatur coach Landon Wren. “Then all of a sudden we found ourselves 62 down. I started looking at things, and I know the team I have. I knew we had an opportunity to [improve] on what we did last year.”

Decatur did just that.

Behind a slew of first-place finishes, including a frantic comeback in the 4×200, the Eagles stormed back to defend their league championship with 227 points at Porcupine Stadium.

“I would rather have a lead going into day two than have to do what we just did,” Wren joked. “To have an 87-point swing against Argyle – just never in a million years [would I have thought that]. I thought we could win and felt like we could come back and win because I have faith in our kids. But to come back in the fashion we did and the amount we did, I didn’t see that coming.”

The turning point in the meet – the 800 relay – featured Decatur’s Robert Webber walking down Argyle in the final 100 meters to flip momentum.

Banking into the final turn, Decatur was in third, until Webber sprinted into the lead.

“I knew I had to catch them, but I didn’t know if I could,” Webber said. “I tried as hard as I could, and I caught him. It was very important. We had to get all those points to beat Argyle.”

Decatur’s Triston Read, who won gold in the 400, 800 and ran anchor in the 4×400 that finished first, said Webber’s performance was the catalyst of the rally.

“It really was a turning point,” Read said. “It changed momentum, Argyle knew that we were coming for them.”

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