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Decatur cross country teams ready for Bayside Conf. meet

(Oct. 17, 2014) Stephen Decatur hosted the Oct. 8 cross country meet and the Seahawks took top honors on their home course.

“I thought that this was one of the stronger results that we had this year. We bounced back after not running our best at Tidewater (Fall Classic on Oct. 1) and had a pretty good meet,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “Standout performers, definitely Jake Gaddis on the boys side. Rose Billings was our third girl. If she continues to run like that it will be a great boost to our team.”

Gaddis, a senior, led the field of male runners. He completed the race in 18:31. Senior Parker Harrington crossed the finish line second overall (19:15). Jack Reimer, a freshman, was the third Decatur runner to finish the race. He placed eighth overall (20:02).

Rounding out the top five Decatur runners were sophomores Javier Hernandez (10th, 20:20) and Cameron James (12th, 20:41)

Decatur won the six-school meet with 33 points. Kent County finished in second with 63 points and Cambridge placed third (67).

Senior Jenna Reimer led Decatur’s girls, crossing the finish line second overall (22:06).

Junior Rachel Savage, sophomore Rose Billings and junior Alison Alvarado placed sixth (24:09), seventh (24:28) and eighth (24:30), respectively. Katie Hofman, a junior, finished 14th (26:23).

Decatur will join the 15 other Bayside schools for the conference championship, Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Cambridge at 3 p.m.

Kent Island is the frontrunner in both the boys’ and girls’ races, Stigler said.

“I would say that we probably fall second. The only Bayside Conference school that we have lost to this season is Kent Island,” he said. “Our goal for Baysides should be to place in the top two teams and have a number of individuals place in the top 15, earning all-conference honors.”

Cambridge is probably the third-strongest team on both sides, Stigler said.

“I am a little nervous about Cambridge, though, because they always run better at their home course,” he said. “To be successful, we need to run out front and not beat ourselves. I think if we run to our potential, we will do fine and place in the top two or three teams and have a few All-Bayside runners. If we psyche ourselves out and hold energy back for the end of the race, I think that we will do poorly.”

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