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SD runners to compete in Bayside meet Oct. 23

(Oct. 18, 2013) The Stephen Decatur boys’ and girls’ cross country teams wrapped up regular season competition this week as the Seahawks now prepare for the Oct. 23 Bayside Conference championship.

On Tuesday, Decatur joined four other school for a meet in Cambridge.

There were some problems during the girls’ race. Unofficially, Decatur won with 43 points and Cambridge was second with 44 points.

“The girls did not really have official scoring because the race was so messed up,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “There were people in the woods directing runners where to go, but they sent the girls in the leading group the wrong way. Our top three girls got lost and ran almost an extra mile. It is really hard to judge anything about the girls race because of this.”

Sophomore Kayla Lorance was the first Lady Seahawk to cross the finish line. She placed fifth overall (22:26). Rounding out the top five Decatur finishers was junior Jordan Klebe (22:28, sixth), senior Alex McKahan (22:30, seventh), freshman Peyton Dunham (24:21, 12th) and junior Meya Chilengi (24:26, 13th).

Cambridge won the boys’ competition with 27 points (unofficial). Decatur was second (48) and North Caroline finished third (49).

Senior Kevin Herbert led Decatur, placing second overall (17:23). Junior Jake Gaddis (17:47, seventh), senior John Niedfeldt (17:55, ninth), sophomore Parker Harrington (18:23, 14th) and freshman Cameron James (18:52, 17th) also scored points for the Seahawks.

“In the boys race, everyone went the right way (as far as I know),” Stigler said. “Kevin Herbert ran really well and is peaking at the right time for Baysides.”

Decatur will compete in the Bayside Conference championship meet, Wednesday, Oct. 23 on the Cambridge course.

Stigler said Kent Island is favored in the girls competition. Vying for second place will be Decatur and Cambridge, he added.

“Cambridge will definitely be strong on their home course…I am really hoping our girls team can claim one of the top two spots,” Stigler said.

Kent Island is the frontrunner in the boys’ race, followed most likely by Cambridge, Stigler said.

The other teams contending will probably be North Caroline and Queen Anne’s, he added.

“I could see the (Decatur) boys finishing as high as second if everything goes right, and as low as fifth,” Stigler said. “Individually, I would like to have a few (male and female) runners make the top 15, which garners them All-Bayside status.”

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