(Oct. 11, 2019) The Stephen Decatur girls’ cross country team won Tuesday’s six-school meet in Salisbury, while the boys’ squad finished a close second.

“I thought we ran pretty well. Lots of athletes had PRs (personal records),” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “I am glad we got the meet in because last week’s meet was cancelled and it looked like rain/wind [on Tuesday]. They ended up running the boys and girls together in case it started raining, but I think it worked out OK.”

The Lady Seahawks scored 27 points in the victory. James M. Bennett was second with 30 points.

Junior Mary Mergott crossed the finish line first overall. (19:25).

“The standout runner for me was Mary. Her goal was to run 20 minutes and her PR was 20:45 and she clearly ran much faster than that,” Stigler said. “If she can continue to improve for the next two weeks and be prepared for the Bayside meet, she has a chance to be among the top few girls in the conference.”

Rounding out the top-five Decatur runners were: junior Devon Kramer (fifth, 21:35), sophomore Avery Braciszewski (sixth, 21:52), senior Ellie Dutton (seventh, 22:09) and freshman Mackenzie Cathell (eighth, 22:34).

Bennett took first place in the boys’ competition, scoring 35 points. Decatur was second with 41 points.

Sophomore Tristan Dutton led the Seahawks. He finished second overall (18:10).

“For the boys, Tristan Dutton was the standout and he ran his PR by a lot,” Stigler said.

Also scoring points for Decatur were: junior Liam Foley (fifth, 18:45), freshman Kai Ross (ninth, 19:04), junior Silas Cascio (12th, 19:16) and freshman Aryavir Sangwan (13th, 19:18).

The next track meet is Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Pocomoke.

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