LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
(Oct. 12, 2012) The Stephen Decatur boys’ cross country team placed sixth overall, while the Lady Seahawks finished eighth, during the Oct. 3 Tidewater Fall Classic at Winter Place Park in Salisbury. Twenty-three public and private schools from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia were represented.
A total of 207 runners completed the boys’ race. Earning points for Decatur in its sixth-place finish were seniors Nick Molitor (18th, 18:20), Dan Winters (31st, 19:04) and Noah McAleer (57th, 20:12), sophomore Jake Gaddis (52nd, 20:01) and junior Kevin Herbert (61st, 20:20).
“The boys ran pretty well. Out of the Bayside Conference [schools], Kent Island and Cambridge were the only teams to finish ahead of us,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “We have a lot of depth. Our boys are improving so much.”
The Lady Seahawks were competing without their No. 1 runner, senior Lauren Buckman, who was sick.
One hundred and fifty females participated in the race. Decatur junior Chloe FauntLeRoy finished 24th overall and was the first Seahawk to cross the finish line (23:01). Rounding out Decatur’s top five finishers were Alex Tushup (30th, 23:31) and Alex Saunders (48th, 24:43), both juniors and sophomores Jordan Klebe (79th, 26:24) and Calais Rodriguez (103rd, 27:43).
“The competition was pretty strong,” Stigler said. “Some girls did well, but I feel we could have done better.”
The next cross country meet will take place Wednesday in Salisbury.