(Oct. 15, 2021) Twenty-eight schools from Maryland and Delaware participated in last Wednesday’s annual cross country Tidewater Fall Classic in Salisbury, including Stephen Decatur and Worcester Prep.
The top three schools in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions received trophies. The top 15 finishers in each race won medals.
Both of Decatur’s teams came in 10th place.
“The meet was dominated by Delaware schools, but Decatur held its own against the Maryland teams despite the absence of half the team due to illness and injuries,” said Decatur Coach Brenda Hommel.
Contributing to the girls’ team’s 10th-place finish was freshman Amber Marshall (26th, 22:47.51), junior Mackenzie Cathell (41st, 23:44.42), sophomore Macy Woroniecki (43rd, 23:54.32), and freshmen Clarice Piela (63rd, 25:55.45) and Chloe Resnick (103rd, 33:14.79).
‘[We] came in 10th place tying Kent Island’s points for the best scoring Maryland team at the meet. Four of the five Decatur girls set personal records in a field of 168 runners,” Hommel said. “Amber Marshall is only 40 seconds away from taking over the all-time best time for a freshman girls’ 5K time at Decatur and is becoming a strong leader on the girls’ team both at meets and during practice.”
The boys’ team also came in 10th place, with Tristan Dutton earning a medal for placing 11th out of 234 runners with a time of 17:03.75.
Other scorers for the Decatur boys’ team was sophomores Ethan Justice (21st, 17:45.75) and Reid Caimi (57th, 19:25.14), and freshmen Luke Braciszewski (82nd, 20:30.46) and Aaron August (117th, (22:12.64), all setting their own personal records at the meet, Hommel said.
“Tristan Dutton continues to be a strong leader for both teams, encouraging them to work hard and run strategically,” Hommel said. “Tristan has come a long way since his freshman year and has plans to run for the Salisbury University cross country team next year.”
The Worcester Prep girls’ team finished in 17th place. The group was led by junior Caitlyn Hoen (54th, 24:39.73), freshman Aurora Holland (90th, 29:20.43), sophomore Madilyn Nechay (92nd, 29:23.69), senior Sydney Lamson-Reich (96th, 29:50.97) and freshman Sydney Tingle (104th, 33:18.71).
Worcester’s boys’ team came in 19th place. Scoring points for the squad was senior Nicholas Hearne (71st, 20:10.04), sophomore Jason Todorov (90th, 20:45.95), junior Cooper Ludt (95th, 20:55.43), sophomore Dylan Simon (97th, 20:57.78) and junior Rory Pugh (101st, 21:09.40).
“We had four guys in the 20s. I’m waiting for someone to break into the 19s,” Prep Coach John Zirckel said. “I thought the meet went pretty well.
“Seventeenth and 19th is not too bad for us being a small school,” he added. “I think they had fun and a lot of them improved their times. We had a lot of kids drop time.”
Worcester will competed in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship on Wednesday beginning at 4:45 p.m. in Salisbury.
Decatur will host a meet on Wednesday at 4 p.m