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Stephen Decatur freshman Amber Marshall, left, placed third overall in the girls’ cross country race last Wednesday in Salisbury, senior Tristan Dutton, center, crossed the line second in the boys’ competition, and junior Mackenzie Cathell, right, took eighth.

(Oct. 1, 2021) The Stephen Decatur girls’ cross country team won last Wednesday’s six-school meet at City Park in Salisbury, while the boys’ squad finished in second place.

“The girls’ team earned first place for the third week in a row,” said Decatur Coach Brenda Hommel.

Decatur tallied 15 points in the victory, and was led by freshman Amber Marshall, who finished in third place overall (23:59.67).

Also scoring points for Decatur was senior Avery Braciszewski (fifth, 24:52.98), junior Mackenzie Cathell (eighth, 25:38.29) and freshmen Macy Woroniecki (10th, 26:49.85) and Clarice Piela (11th, 27:28.22).

“The girls’ team is learning to really work together as a team in the absence of our lead runner [junior], Carolina Novelli, who is out with an injury,” Hommel said. “Senior Avery Braciszewski is working hard in the leadership role to pump up the girls before each race and run hard despite her own injuries. With such a small team of seven girls, each girl understands she has a contribution to the final score.”

James M. Bennett won the boys’ competition, scoring 25 points. Decatur came in second place with 30 points, followed by Pocomoke tallying 85.

Scoring points for Decatur was senior Tristan Dutton (second, 16:54.15), sophomore Ethan Justice (fourth, 18:30.07), senior Gavin McCabe (fifth, 18:34.49), freshman Luke Braciszewski (ninth, 20:32.16) and sophomore Reid Caimi (10th, 20:49.51).

“We had several boys run PRs (personal records), including Tristan Dutton, Gavin McCabe, [freshmen] Michael Hoos and Luke Leffew, which was great to see. Many of the new runners are still working on understanding how to pace their race and realizing that more goes into a race than just that 20-30[-minute] time block … Every race is a learning experience, especially for our new runners and I look for them to continue to improve throughout the season as they become more prepared, stronger and more strategic runners.”

The next cross country meet is Wednesday at Winter Place Park in Salisbury at 4 p.m.

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