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SD cross country teams finish third at Bayside meet

(Oct. 31, 2014) Stephen Decatur’s cross country teams finished in third place during the Bayside Conference championship meet last Wednesday in Cambridge.

“I thought we did OK. I really thought that we had a chance to come in the top two, but we were the top [Bayside] South school in both the girls’ and boys’ races,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “Individually, we had four athletes earn All-Bayside honors: Jenna Reimer, Rachel Savage, Alison Alvarado and Parker Harrington. I thought that this was pretty good. The weather was rainy and windy and the conditions were pretty tough in terms of the elements.”

Harrington, a senior, was the first Decatur runner to cross the finish line. He placed 11th overall, completing the race in 17:19. Rounding out the top five Decatur athletes were senior Jake Gaddis (21st, 18:03), freshman Jack Reimer (22nd, 18:09) and sophomores Cameron James (27th, 18:25) and Javier Hernandez (29th, 18:32).

Kent Island won the boys’ race with 16 points. Queen Anne’s took second with 94 points and Decatur finished third with 105 points.

Reimer, a senior, crossed the finish line first for the Lady Seahawks. She placed third overall (19:50). Savage and Alvarado, both juniors, came in 12th (21:20) and 13th (21:29), respectively.

Rose Billings, a sophomore, was the fourth Decatur runner to complete the race. She earned 29th place overall (22:28). Senior Meya Chilengi followed in 30th place (22:30).

Kent Island scored 37 points in the victory. Cambridge was second with 81 points and Decatur tallied 85 points.

“Hopefully, we can build upon this result and do well at the regional meet. I think that we have a good shot at qualifying both boys and girls, so hopefully we will have a good performance,” Stigler said.

Decatur was scheduled to compete in the 3A South Regional championship, yesterday, Oct. 30, at Oak Ridge Park in Hughesville.

Half of the 12 teams competing in the 3A South meet will advance to the state competition at Hereford High School in Parkton, Saturday, Nov. 8. Twenty-five percent of the total number of individual runners in each regional race will also qualify for states.

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