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Decatur cross country squads take third during Sept. 25 meet

(Oct. 4, 2013) The Stephen Decatur cross country teams both finished in third place during last Wednesday’s eight-school meet in Cambridge.

“It was a fast race all the way around, for both the boys and the girls. It was a fast course and good conditions,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “It was a good race for us for times. A lot of kids got PRs (personal records).”

Kent Island won the boys’ competition with 20 points. Cambridge-South Dorchester took second with 59 points and Decatur scored 96 points for third place.

“The boys ran better than they did at Baysides last year (on the Cambridge course) and we’re stronger this year,” Stigler said. “We’ve just got to get a little more consistent (and run) closer together as we move forward.”

Senior Kevin Herbert was the first Decatur runner to complete the race (17:44.76). He finished ninth overall out of about 100 runners.

“Kevin Herbert ran really well. He ran under 18 minutes for the first time,” Stigler said.

Junior Jake Gaddis (18:08.99, 17th), senior John Niedfeldt (18:19.13, 19th), sophomore Parker Harrington (18:54.22, 24th) and senior Jake Eisenman (18:56.28, 25th) also scored points for Decatur.

Several of Decatur’s top runners are hampered by injury, but the Lady Seahawks tallied 84 points to finish in third place. Kent Island won the girls’ competition with 25 points. Cambridge was second with 67 points.

“We did OK. I’m pleased with the girls who ran,” Stigler said. “A  lot of girls had really good times.”

Senior Alex Tushup led Decatur, crossing the finish line first for the team. She was 10th overall (21:54.91) out of 76 runners.

Also contributing to Decatur’s third-place finish was sophomore Alison Alvarado (22:02.76, 13th), senior Katie Collins (22:04.87, 14th), junior Meya Chilengi (23:22.20, 24th) and senior Alex McKahan (24:18.45, 26th).

The next cross country meet is Wednesday on Decatur’s course in Berlin at 4 p.m.

 

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