(Oct. 25, 2019) The Stephen Decatur girls’ cross country team finished in third place, while the boys’ squad came in sixth during Wednesday’s Bayside Conference championship meet in Cambridge.
“I think the boys and girls did well at the Bayside meet,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler.
Kent Island won the girls’ competition, with 28 points. Queen Anne’s was runner-up with 69 points, followed by Decatur with 76 points.
The top five Decatur runners to cross the finish line were: juniors Mary Mergott (sixth, 20:13.29) and Devon Kramer (17th, 22:05.00), senior Elizabeth Dutton (20th, 22:20.94), sophomore Avery Braciszewski (23rd, 22:28.73) and freshman Mackenzie Cathell (24th, 22:30.50).
Kent Island took top honors in the boys’ competition, tallying 37 points.
Cambridge placed second (51), followed by James M. Bennett (108), Queen Anne’s (116), Easton (141) and Decatur (163).
The top five Decatur runners were: sophomores Samuel Woodley (11th, 17:50.93) and Tristan Dutton (13th, 17:52.54), juniors Liam Foley (45th, 19:50.38) and Silas Cascio (46th, 19:50.50) and freshman Kai Ross (48th, 19:56.04).
The male and female runners who finished in the top 15 of their races were named to the All-Bayside Conference Teams. Mergott, Woodley and Dutton were presented ribbons for their accomplishments.
“The standouts were the runners that placed on the All-Bayside Team, particularly the boys,” Stigler said. “Our first two boys ran really well and after that we had two boys roll their ankles during the race so we did not have the best overall result in that regard. I thought the girls had a really good chance to come in second, but unfortunately, we ended up in third.”
The 3A South Region championship meet is slated for Thursday, Oct. 31, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Park in Hughesville, Maryland.
Stigler said he is a little concerned about the traffic going over the Bay Bridge due to ongoing construction and if it will affect the runners.
“The competition will be strong, but we will need to be mentally and physically ready,” he said.
Qualifying teams and individuals from all the regional meets will head to the state championships at Hereford High School in Parkton, Maryland, Saturday, Nov. 9.