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Decatur cross country teams both finish third in Sept. 18 meet

(Sept. 27, 2013) The Stephen Decatur girls’ and boys’ cross country teams both placed third out of nine schools participating in last Wednesday’s meet on the Seahawks’ course in Berlin.

Kent Island won the girls’ competition with 30 points. Cambridge was second with 56 points and Decatur scored 71 points.

“I was pleased with the girls, running against two of the strongest schools, Kent Island and Cambridge,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “I’d like to have more girls running up front. There are girls who have potential and can improve. It’s nice to have depth.”

Senior Chloe FauntLeRoy was the first Decatur runner to cross the finish line (24:37). She finished ninth overall out of the 67 female athletes who competed.

Also scoring points for the Seahawks were senior Katie Collins (25:10, 11th), sophomore Alison Alvarado (26:06, 14th), senior Alex Tushup (26:28, 19th) and junior Jordan Klebe (26:50, 22nd).

Kent Island earned first-place honors in the boys’ competition with 25 points. Cambridge took second with 62 points, followed closely by Decatur (67).

“I was pleased with how the boys ran. [Junior] Jake Gaddis, [seniors] Kevin Herbert and John Niedfeldt ran really well,” Stigler said. “We’ve got to get our No. 4 and No. 5 runners to step up and pick up a few places for us. We were only a few points behind Cambridge.”

Gaddis finished first for Decatur (19:46). He crossed the finish line sixth overall out of 90 runners.

Rounding out the top five Decatur runners were Herbert (20:29, 10th), Niedfeldt (20:49, 12th), senior Jake Eisenman (21:46, 21st) and freshman Cameron James (21:50, 23rd).

The next cross country meet is scheduled for Wednesday at Winter Place Park in Salisbury.


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