Local Teams Solid In Rumble In Jungle

BERLIN- The local high school cross country teams turned in solid performances last week at the Rumble in the Jungle at Cambridge-South Dorchester.

On the boys’ side, Decatur finished third overall with a 116 score, behind Kent Island (43) and host Cambridge-South Dorchester (97). Worcester Prep finished seventh overall.

For Decatur, the top finishers included Sam Rakowski at 16th, Chad Fischer at 22nd, James Parana at 23rd, John James at 27th, Carter McClendon at 28th, Samuel Woodley at 31st and Shamar Baines at 34th. Other top finishers for Decatur included Tristan Dutton at 57th and Kyler Stubblebine at 66th.

For Worcester Prep, Graham McColgan finished in 13th place, while Connor Carpenter came in 15th. Other top finishers for Worcester included Parker Brandt (73rd), Ethan Griffith (76th), Enzo Zechial (81st), Gavin Hentschel (86th), Frank Carter (90th), Hunter Gentry (102nd), Graham McCabe (109th), and Joseph Schwartz (125th).

For the girls meet, Decatur finished fourth overall behind Kent Island, Queen Anne’s and North Caroline. Top finishers for the Seahawks included Mary Mergott (11th) Kailey Andrews (16th), Dori Krasner (20th), Avery Braciszewski (22nd), Erica Hicks (24th), Devon Kramer (28th), Elizabeth Dutton (38th), Mikayla Denault (49th), Amalia Murphy (52nd), and Farrah Brown (53rd).

For the Worcester girls, Myranda Beebe was the top finisher at 18th. Another finishers for Worcester included Ashley Laws (46th), Quinn McColgan (50th), Hannah Merritt (65th), Anna Dashiel (68th) and Lexi Willey (84th).

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.