(Nov. 2, 2018) The Stephen Decatur girls’ cross country team came in third place and the boys’ squad finished in fourth during the 16-school Bayside Conference championship meet in Cambridge, last Wednesday.
“Overall, the result was about what I was expecting,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “I thought the standout performers were the four that made All-Baysides, but in general I think that the vast majority of our athletes ran their best race, which is what we are looking for.”
Runners who finished in the top 15 in each race earned All-Conference honors.
Kent Island won the girls’ competition with 24 points. Queen Anne’s was runner-up with 71 points. Decatur scored 79 points.
Senior Kailey Andrews was the Lady Seahawks’ top finisher. She crossed the finish line eighth overall (20:28). Also scoring points for Decatur were sophomore Mary Mergott (11th, 20:47.90), senior Dori Krasner (15th, 21:06) and juniors Mikayla Denault (17th, 21:28.7) and Elizabeth Dutton (35th, 23:18.3).
Kent Island took top honors in the boys’ competition with 43 points. Cambridge came in second with 75 points, followed by Queen Anne’s (115) and Decatur (115).
The tiebreaker between Queen Anne’s and Decatur came down to the teams’ sixth runner. The sixth Queen Anne’s runner came in 33rd place, while Decatur’s finished 35th.
The top five Decatur runners were juniors Sam Rakowski (14th, 17:42.4), Austin Cheynet (21st, 18:09.5) and Shamar Baines (24th, 18:25.6), and freshmen Tristan Dutton (25th, 18:27.7) and Samuel Woodley (31st, 18:39.7).
Decatur was scheduled to compete in the 3A East Region meet yesterday, Thursday, at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.
The state championship meet is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10 at Hereford High School in Parkton.