(April 23, 2021) The Stephen Decatur cross country teams wrapped up the season on their home course last Wednesday in Berlin.
“I think we did pretty well in the last meet. I was glad that Snow Hill had a full boys’ team and pushed us a little even though we were missing some people,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler.
Decatur, Pocomoke and Snow Hill participated in the meet.
Decatur won the boys’ competition with 24 points. Scoring points for the Seahawks were: junior Tristan Dutton (first, 17:48.8), seniors Liam Foley (second, 18:10.8) and Silas Cascio (fifth, 19:04.7), junior Gavin McCabe (sixth, 19:26.2) and senior Philip Becnel (10th, 20:14.6).
Show Hill finished in second place with 31 points. Pocomoke had less than five runs and didn’t earn team points.
Only six girls competed in their race and five of them represented Decatur.
The Lady Seahawks scored 15 points. Racing for Decatur were: sophomore Carolina Novelli (first, 23:22.7), senior Avery Braciszewski (second, 24:23.9), junior Amalia Murphy (third, 25:07.3) and sophomores Mackenzie Cathell (fourth, 25:53.7) and Ava Becnel (sixth, 30:22.2).
Overall, Stigler thought the cross country season – which always takes place from August to October, but was pushed to February/April this year because of covid – went well.
“I think that everyone was just happy to get back out there and train and compete again,” Stigler said. “Obviously, we missed some competitions that we would normally look forward to, but hopefully we will be able to have competitions with more schools in the spring season/next fall.
“I definitely saw improvement throughout the season, especially because many kids were basically starting back at zero with almost a full year since our last competition,” he continued. “We are graduating some key runners but we will have some coming back as well.”
Many cross country runners participate in outdoor track, which kicked off this week, while a number of others will play spring sports including lacrosse, baseball, softball and tennis.