(March 26, 2021) The Stephen Decatur cross country athletes outran their competition during last Wednesday’s three-school meet on Decatur’s home course in Berlin.

“I thought we ran pretty well. It was a really small meet and we usually don’t have meets this size during a normal season,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “Before the race, we kind of established that the goal for everyone was just to beat their times from last week. I think that everyone basically did.”

Decatur, Pocomoke and Parkside participated in the meet.

The boys’ race consisted of six Decatur and two Pocomoke runners. Seahawks crossing the finish line first through sixth were: senior Liam Foley (17:51.5), juniors Tristan Dutton (18:17.1) and Sam Woodley (19:10.1), senior Silas Cascio (19:54.5), junior Raul Gault (20:32.4) and senior Phillip Becnel (20:55.4).

“I thought that Liam was probably the standout runner,” Stigler said. “He ran almost two minutes faster than he did the previous week, so I thought that was really good. In general, everyone [both boys and girls] worked hard and improved so I was happy with that.”

The girls’ race consisted of five runners, three of whom were Decatur athletes.

Senior Mary Mergott won the race in 21:28.4. Senior Avery Braciszewski came in second overall (24:26.9) and sophomore Ava Becnel crossed the finish line fourth (28:32.8).

“We are only allowed to have three-team meets right now because of covid. Decatur boys were the only team that received a full team score. All other teams had less than five runners so they didn’t get a full team score,” Stigler said.

The next cross country meet is Wednesday at Salisbury City Park at 4 p.m.

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