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SD cross country teams win; WP takes 2nd

Both coaches pleased with performance by athletes; hope to build off success
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 09, 2017

(Oct. 6, 2017) The Stephen Decatur boys’ and girls’ cross country teams finished in first place and the Worcester Prep squads came in second during last Wednesday’s eight-school meet in Salisbury.

“I thought the teams did pretty well,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said. “Hopefully, we can use this meet to build some momentum…”

“I thought we were great. It was a big improvement from the previous meet,” Prep Coach Keith Geiger said. “That course is always very fast. The returning kids love running there and the new kids had a great showing.

“I still think we can get better and hopefully this meet gives us the encouragement and motivation to finish the year strong,” Geiger added.

The first seven girls to cross the finish line were Decatur athletes. The top-five runners from each team score points for their respective schools. The Lady Seahawks tallied a perfect 15 points.

“The girls’ results look really good, but a few girls got lost during the meet, so it is hard to tell,” Stigler said. “Our girls’ team had a perfect score – it does happen on occasion, but it is relatively rare – so I have to be pleased with that.

“We talked about running hard from the start of the race and not holding back and waiting until the end,” he continued. “I get frustrated sometimes when they just run behind someone and then pass them at the end, because I know they can run faster.”

Junior Kailey Andrews won the race. She completed the course in 23 minutes.

Also scoring points for Decatur were juniors Dori Krasner (second, 23:05) and Erica Hicks (third, 23:59), senior Maya Knepp (fourth, 24:03) and freshman Mary Mergott (fifth, 24:13).

Senior Lily Belle Baker (24:40) and sophomore Elizabeth Dutton (24:48) were Decatur’s sixth and seventh runners to cross the finish line.

Worcester finished in second place with 55 points and Parkside took third (87). Leading the Mallards were senior Annemarie Cherry (ninth, 25:13), sophomores Ashley Laws (11th, 25:39) and Damiana Colley (12th, 25:50), senior Marissa Grosso (14th, 26:20) and sophomore Maddy Shanahan (20th, 27:28).

The Decatur boys’ team recorded 41 points.

“We were missing some boys [because of illnesses], so I was glad to come out with a victory,” Stigler said. “Some of our other guys stepped up, which I thought was encouraging.”

Senior Jack Reimer won the boys’ race in 18:06. Sophomore Sam Rakowski (seventh, 20:23), junior Chad Fischer (eighth, 20:41), freshman John James (13th, 21:16) and junior Kyle Shelton (16th, 21:27) also contributed to the victory.

Worcester finished in second place with 58 points, followed by Parkside (65).

“The boys were very close to Stephen Decatur, which is a big accomplishment,” Geiger said.

The top five finishers for Worcester were freshmen Connor Carpenter (third, 19:22) and Ethan Griffith (fourth, 19:32), junior Cameron Hill (14th, 21:17), senior Connor Cebula (18th, 21:53) and sophomore Gavin Hentschel (19th, 22:08).

Decatur will host the next meet, slated for Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Berlin.

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