(Nov. 23, 2018) Cross country runners who finished in the top 15 in the boys’ and girls’ Bayside races earned All-Conference honors.

Four Decatur athletes took home Bayside awards this season: seniors Dori Krasner and Kailey Andrews, junior Sam Rakowski and sophomore Mary Mergott.

Decatur Coach Jody Stigler also presented some team awards to these runners.

Mergott and Rakowski were named MVP for the girls’ and boys’ teams, respectively.

“Mary worked really hard this year and over the summer to get better, and her hard work paid off with her All-Bayside recognition,” Stigler said. “Sam has been working really hard in [cross country and] track, and in practice, to really improve. Hopefully, he can translate this momentum into a really good upcoming indoor track season.”

Krasner and Andrews were presented Coaches Awards.

“Kailey and Dori were our All-Bayside seniors and have really helped lead our girls’ team over the past few years,” Stigler said. “Our younger runners will have some big shoes to fill next year.”

Juniors Mikayla Denault, Austin Cheynet, Carter McLendon and Shamar Baines were also presented Coaches Awards.

Top Newcomer Awards went to freshmen Avery Braciszewski and Tristan Dutton.

Seniors Erica Hicks and Chad Fischer took home Sportsmanship Awards.

Decatur won several meets during the regular season. During the 16-school Bayside Conference championship, the Decatur girls’ squad finished third overall and the boys’ team placed fourth.

“There was definitely a big improvement for all runners between the start and the end of the season,” Stigler said.

Only a handful of athletes will be graduating, so Stigler thinks the program will be strong next year.

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