(Sept. 26, 2014) The Stephen Decatur cross country teams finished in second place behind the Kent Island Buccaneers, Sept. 17, on the Seahawks’ home course in Berlin.
“On Wednesday, we faced eight teams including Kent Island, who is generally one of the strongest teams in the conference. I thought we had a good chance to do very well against them in the meet,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “Unfortunately, they came out ahead, but we are still very young for the most part, so hopefully we will do better next time. Individually, I thought [seniors] Jake Gaddis and Jenna Reimer were standouts.”
Reimer led the pack of 65 female runners, crossing the finish line first (22:20).
Junior Rachel Savage was the second Decatur runner to complete the race. She finished seventh overall (23:56). Also scoring points for the Lady Seahawks was junior Katie Hofman (12th, 25:12), senior Meya Chilengi (13th, 25:13) and sophomore Rose Billings (14th, 25:15).
Kent Island scored 30 points for the victory. Decatur tallied 47 points and Mardela took third with 93.
Gaddis crossed the finish line fifth overall behind four Kent Island runners. He completed the race in 19:02. Also contributing to the Seahawks’ second-place finish was senior Parker Harrington (ninth, 19:49), freshman Jack Reimer (13th, 20:16) and sophomores Cameron James (18th, 20:50) and Jared Massey (20th, 21:08).
Kent Island won the competition with 20 points. Decatur logged 56 points and Broadwater (71) rounded out the top three.
A few days later, the Seahawks took a trip to Baltimore for the 63rd annual Spiked Shoe XC Invitational at Johns Hopkins University. The top seven male and female runners from each team competed in the varsity races last Saturday. The next seven ran in the JV events. Everyone else representing their respective teams participated in the developmental races. A total of 26 schools registered for the meet.
“The competition was very strong and included top teams from Maryland, New Jersey and Washington D.C.,” Stigler said.
The Decatur girls’ team placed seventh overall. The top five Lady Seahawks were Reimer (14th, 21:02), Savage (48th, 23:47), junior Alison Alvarado (56th, 24:14), sophomore Peyton Dunham (62nd, 24:31) and Billings (64th, 24:41).
“I thought our girls performed well and I was pleased with the performance overall,” Stigler said. “Jenna Reimer finished 14th, which earned her medalist honors for the meet.”
The Decatur boys’ team finished in 15th place. The top five Seahawks were Harrington (64th, 18:31), Gaddis (66th, 18:39), Reimer (100th, 19:46), James (104th, 19:58) and Massey 121st (20:44).
“I think it’s good that we had the experience of going up there and running against different runners in a big meet,” Stigler said. “I am really hoping that this will prepare us for our invitational and championship meets later in the season.”
Decatur is scheduled to compete in the Tidewater Fall Classic Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Winter Place Park in Salisbury.