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Stephen Decatur senior Tristan Dutton, center, and James M. Bennett seniors, Timothy Synowiec and Billy Joinville, will compete in the MPSSAA 3A cross country championship, this Saturday at Hereford High School in Parkton. They are pictured during the 3A South Region championship, held last Thursday at Chesapeake High School in Pasadena.

(Nov. 12, 2021) Stephen Decatur senior Tristan Dutton will be the school’s lone representative at the MPSSAA 3A cross country championship this Saturday at Hereford High School in Parkton.

Dutton qualified for the state meet by placing sixth overall during the 3A South Region championship last Thursday at Chesapeake High School in Pasadena. He crossed the finish line in 16:48.40, his fastest 5K time of the season, by 20 seconds.

“Overall, I felt good during the whole race,” Dutton said. “The weather was awesome. Me and [Cameron King from Northern High School] were running together. I stayed with him the whole time. It helped me go faster.

“Sixth place, I’ll take it,” he added. “I’m happy. It was my fastest 5K time all year.”

Decatur Coach Brenda Hommel was pleased with Dutton’s performance and is looking forward to seeing him compete at states.

“We are proud to send Tristan Dutton on to the state cross country meet … Tristan has been running smart all season with the goal of making it to the state meet his senior year,” she said. “He has shown huge growth over the course of the season. Having Timothy Synowiec from James M. Bennett to run against in the Bayside Conference has been helpful this season. Timothy won the regional meet and will be representing Bennett at the state meet along with Billy Joinville. It’s great to have some Eastern Shore representation in the 3A division at the state meet.”

This will be Dutton’s first time participating in the state championship meet. He is expecting fast competition and athletes who are more experienced then him running at the state level.

“I’m nervous to see what the competition will be like, but I’m excited to go to states. I wanted to go since my freshman year,” he said. “I think I had a shot to go last year, but we didn’t have a full season (because of covid).”

Dutton, who has been a member of the Decatur cross country team for four years, said his goal is to finish in the top 25, completing the race in around 17:10.

“There’s lots of hills on the course, and steep hills,” he said.

Dutton ran on the course once before, two years ago, so he is a little familiar with it. He thinks training on Decatur’s course will help him at states because of its hills.

Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams places seventh during the regional meet.

“The regional meet went well. It was a mostly flat course and beautiful weather so most of our runners ended the season with personal records,” Hommel said. “The competition was super fast in the 3A South division across the bridge, which challenged our runners to push themselves.”

The top-five finishers for the boys’ squad were: Dutton (sixth, 16:48.40), sophomore Ethan Justice (22nd, 17:37.90), senior Gavin McCabe (33rd, 18:16.10), sophomore Reid Caimi (47th, 19:11.60) and freshman Luke Braciszewski (51st, 19:47.30).

Scoring points for the Lady Seahawks were: freshman Amber Marshall (25th, 21:23.10), juniors Carolina Novelli (35th, 22:35.10) and Mackenzie Cathell (42nd, 23:31.70), sophomore Macy Woroniecki (43rd, 23:41.60) and freshman Clarice Piela (24:51.10).

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