SCARBOROUGH — Scarborough High School finished 14th out of 32 teams that competed last weekend at the National Academic Decathlon in Albuquerque, according to David Heckman, Director of the Maine Academic Decathlon.

The southern Maine school, which won the state championship, finished fourth in their division – there are three divisions based on a school’s size.

“It is one of the best finishes ever for a Maine team in their division,” Heckman said. “And they did very well finishing 14th overall.”

The high school’s solid performance was topped off by Scarborough senior Susan Rundell, who received a gold medal as the top Honors scorer in Division II. She also received gold medals in Language and Literature and Super Quiz. Rundell received silver medals in essay and music. She placed fifth overall in scoring among students from all three divisions.

“I can’t say enough about that young lady,” Heckman said.

Her teammate, Michael Bamford, received a bronze medal in science.

Though it would have been nice to place first, Scarborough’s co-coach, Shane Davis, said, “The reality is there are teams out there with some amazing resources. It’s a completely different world in places like California and Texas. They have a coach for everything.”

The Scarborough team was coached by Davis and Jon York.