Ocean City Today

Running hard first mile of race key for SD athletes

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 21, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Runners who placed top 25 during the second annual Rumble in the Jungle Invitational in Cambridge last Wednesday earned medals. Decatur athletes who took home award, from left, are sophomore Austin Cheynet, senior Jack Reimer, juniors Kailey Andrews and Erica Hicks, freshman Mary Mergott and junior Dori Krasner.

(Sept. 22, 2017) The Stephen Decatur girls’ cross country team took third place and the boys’ squad finished in fifth during the second annual Rumble in the Jungle Invitational in Cambridge, last Wednesday.

“I thought it was definitely an improvement. We talked about running hard the first mile and I think that made a big difference for our times/places,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “I am hoping that we can build upon that momentum … I was pleased with both performances and I really didn’t realize how young our girls and boys teams were until this week.

“We only had one senior and one junior boy in our top 10, and for the girls we have a little more experience, but I think that shows how much room we have to improve for the rest of the season,” he added.

Fifteen schools participated in the meet. The first 25 finishers in each race earned medals.

North Caroline won the girls’ competition, scoring 57 points. Kent Island finished second with 62 points and Decatur took third, tallying 81 points. Cambridge (112) and Queen Anne’s (114) rounded out the top five schools.

Junior Kailey Andrews led the Lady Seahawks. She crossed the finish line 11th overall (22:24.80). Freshman Mary Mergott was right behind her, coming in 12th (22:41.90). Juniors Dori Krasner (14th, 22:51.60) and Erica Hicks (23rd, 24:04.70) and senior Laila Mirza (27th, 24:39.80) also scored points for Decatur.

Kent Island won the boys’ event, recording 39 points. North Caroline (110), Queen Anne’s (126), Easton (147) and Decatur (157) finished second through fifth.

Senior Jack Reimer was Decatur’s top finisher. He placed seventh overall (17:46.20). Sophomores Austin Cheynet (20th, 19:19.80), Sam Rakowski (38th, 20:24.90) and Richard Poist (42nd, 20:35.50) and freshman John James (54th, 21:06.40) also scored points for the Seahawks.

The next meet is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Salisbury.


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