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Runners who finished in the top 15 in the boys’ and girls’ Bayside Conference Championship races last Wednesday in Cambridge received ribbons. Decatur athletes who took home awards, in front, from left, are freshman Amber Marshall, sophomore Macy Woroniecki and junior Carolina Novelli, and in back, sophomore Ethan Justice and senior Tristan Dutton. Freshman Luke Leffew, right, placed 14th in JV open race.

(Nov. 5, 2021) The Stephen Decatur boys’ cross country team finished in third and the girls’ squad placed fourth during last Wednesday’s Bayside Conference Championship in Cambridge.

The top 15 runners in each race received ribbons.

James M. Bennett won the boys’ competition, scoring 71 points. Kent Island came in second place with 75 points, followed by Decatur with 104.

“The boys’ team performed well with all of the members reaching personal records at the Bayside meet,” said Decatur Coach Brenda Hommel. “Our boys’ team is very young as well, only graduating three seniors and no juniors, so I look for them to continue to become more competitive over the next couple of years.”

The top five finishers for Decatur were: senior Tristan Dutton (third, 16:56.20), sophomore Ethan Justice (eighth, 17:36.20), senior Gavin McCabe (17th, 18:35.30), freshman Luke Braciszewski (30th, 19:22.10) and junior Shiloh Carmack (55th, 21:21.40).

“Senior Tristan Dutton and sophomore Ethan Justice both have a good chance of making it to the state cross country meet if they run strong at the regional meet [Nov. 4] at Chesapeake High School,” Hommel said.

Easton won the girls’ competition with 63 points, followed by Kent Island (64), North Caroline (68) and Decatur (69).

Scoring points for Decatur were: freshman Amber Marshall (eighth, 22:37.70), sophomore Macy Woroniecki (11th, 23:24.20), junior Carolina Novelli (12th, 23:26.60), and freshmen Clarice Piela (32nd, 26:05.70) and Chloe Resnick (41st, 28:15.70).

“The girls’ team experienced a crushing disappointment at Baysides, missing the win by just seven points. The girls needed to fill two varsity spots with JV runners since two of the varsity members did not participate in the meet,” Hommel said. “After having won every conference meet of the season, the girls’ team was primed for winning the first Bayside title for Decatur since 2008. Although the girls did not walk away with the trophy, hopefully they walked away with a valuable lesson in the importance of commitment to the team.

“I am confident that we will have a very competitive team again next year since the majority of our top runners throughout the season were underclassmen and team leader Carolina Novelli was finally cleared from an injuring lasting most of the season,” she continued. “With such a young girls’ team – only one of our runners has ever attended a regional meet – the ladies are looking forward to the experience and seeing what the competition at the 3A South Region brings.”

Decatur was scheduled to compete in the 3A South Region meet yesterday, Thursday. The state championship will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Hereford High School in Parkton.

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