(Oct. 11, 2013) Approximately 600 runners, representing 27 schools, participated in the annual Tidewater Fall Classic at Winter Place Park in Salisbury.
“Even with the warm conditions the times were fast and the team efforts were outstanding,” said Salisbury Track and Cross Country Coach Jim Jones in an e-mail to participating teams’ coaches.
The Stephen Decatur girls’ squad finished eighth overall. Leading the Seahawks was senior Alex Tushup, who was the 37th female runner to cross the finish line (23:15.54) out of 225 competitors. Also scoring points for Decatur was senior Katie Collins (23:40.44, 49th), sophomore Alison Alvarado (24:06.85, 60th), junior Meya Chilengi (24:12.82, 65th) and senior Chloe FauntLeRoy (24:27.98, 72nd).
“I thought our girls placed well as a team. We were the second Bayside [Conference] school and we beat Cambridge for the first time this year,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler.” That being said, I didn’t really think any girl individually ran well, with the exception of Alex Tushup…It shows that we certainly have room to improve going forward and making the final push for our championship meets.”
The Decatur boys’ team finished in 11th place. Leading the squad was senior Kevin Herbert, who completed the race 47th overall (18:52.40) out of approximately 300 runners. Rounding out the top five Decatur finishers were junior Jake Gaddis (19:33.41, 71st), senior John Niedfeldt (19:39.76, 74th), sophomore Parker Harrington (19:53.43, 84th) and freshman Cameron James (19:57.85, 86th).
“The boys also didn’t run very well individually. There were a number of Bayside schools within about 10 points of our boys,” Stigler said. “Just a few places here or there would have made a huge difference for our boys, but it didn’t really go our way. We are hoping to have a sustained push toward our Bayside and regional meets starting with this meet.”
The Bayside Conference championship is Oct. 23 in Cambridge. The 3A South Regional meet is scheduled for Oct. 31 at Oak Ridge Park in Hughesville.