Ocean City Today

Decatur girls’ team takes third, boys’ squad sixth at Baysides

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Nov 02, 2017
Courtesy of: JODY STIGLER Members of the Stephen Decatur cross country program, from left, senior Jack Reimer, junior Kailey Andrews and freshman Mary Mergott, hold the ribbons they won during last Wednesday’s Bayside Conference championship meet in Cambridge. Reimer finished ninth, Andrews fourth and Mergott 13th.

(Nov. 3, 2017) The Stephen Decatur girls’ cross country team came in third place and the boys’ squad finished in sixth during the Bayside Conference championship meet last Wednesday in Cambridge.

“I think both teams did well overall. Many runners ran their best time at the Bayside meet, which was encouraging,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “We compared the individual times from the Bayside meet to the invitational that we had at Cambridge in September and everyone ran faster. Some ran as much as two or three minutes faster, which shows the progress that each individual athlete has made.”

The top 15 finishers in both the boys’ and girls’ races earned All-Bayside Conference honors. Three Decatur athletes were named to the All-Conference Team – senior Jack Reimer, junior Kailey Andrews and freshman Mary Mergott.

“The performers that were named to the All-Bayside Team were probably the standouts,” Stigler said. “I thought Kailey especially ran her best race of the season. She really started out well and pushed herself throughout the race, and ran — by far — her best time. Jack also ran his fastest time at this meet.”

Kent Island won the girls’ competition with 47 points. Queen Anne’s took second with 57 points and Decatur scored 77 points for third.

Andrews led the Lady Seahawks. She placed fourth overall (20:38.96). Mergott (13th, 21:30.86), juniors Erica Hicks (18th, 22:11.24) and Dori Krasner (21st, 22:15.02) and senior Laila Mirza (25th, 22:45.34) also scored points for Decatur.

Kent Island was also victorious in the boys’ race. The team tallied 28 points. Cambridge finished second (85) followed by North Caroline (111), Easton (135), Queen Anne’s (158) and Decatur (159).

The top-five finishers for Decatur were Reimer (ninth, 17:11.97), sophomore Austin Cheynet (21st, 18:14.58), freshman John James (29th, 18:38.61), sophomore Sam Rakowski (41st, 19:26.15) and junior Chad Fischer (59th, 19:59.27).

Decatur was scheduled to compete in the 3A East Regional meet yesterday, Thursday, at Centennial High School in Ellicott City. The first 15 individuals in both the boys’ and girls’ races in each regional meet and the top four or five teams qualify for the state championship.

The state championship meet is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 at Hereford High School in Parkton.

“At regionals, we need to focus on improving upon our performance from [Baysides]. Even though I thought we ran well, we will have to have our best race [at regionals] in order to be in contention for state qualification, which is very difficult from our region,” Stigler said. “Psychologically, we need to be prepared to run our best race and not let the moment get to us. It is tough to run our best at regionals because it is a course that we do not run often, against competition that we rarely see, and we have six hours on a bus for that one meet.”

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