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Sectional Champions: The Chesterton Girls Track team won the 2008 Sectional Title on Tuesday night at CHS. Pictured are, front row (l to r), Liz Gerometta, Aris Ringas, Becky Lewis, Mallory Przybylinski, Malorie Crafton, Kirstyn Nallenweg, Kelsey Phillips, Chelsea Gustafson, Megan Erminger, Katie McColly, Paige Kadish and Bailey Huddleston. Second row (l to r) are Melissa Lewis, Chasity Mottinger, Trudy Halpin, Jamie Norgaard, Milana Socha, Jordan Harris, Chrissy Watts, Samantha Wilburn, Macenzie Schoenfelt, Elise Gustafson, Brianne Guardiola, Becca Swibes and Marissa Crafton. Third row (l to r) are Ashley Ballestero, Kim St. Pierre, Katie Behrendt, Nikki Crawford, Jenna Norgaard, Shauna Foor, Caroline Black, Rana Torabi, Maria Schuster, Elizabeth Eberhart, Asst. Coach Sarah Gaff and Asst. Coach TR Harlan. Back row (l to r) are Asst. Coach Matt Gland and Head Coach Steve Kearney. Not pictured are Asst. Coaches Brian Carden, Brian Fozkos and Erin Maple.                     (Tribune photo)

 

By TR HARLAN

Another week of track practice … Advancing kids in 14-of-16 events to the Regional … Stopping your arch rivals 17-year title streak … Winning a Sectional title … Priceless!

The Chesterton girls track team snapped Valparaiso’s 17-year Sectional title streak by scoring 148 points to outdistance the second place Vikings (135 1¦2) and third place Michigan City (95) Tuesday night.

“We were supposed to score 104 points tonight,” Chesterton coach Steve Kearney said. “Valpo had a good day, but we had an unbelievable day. I didn’t come in here for second place. We talked as a team about having to find other places to score points. They found some I hadn’t thought of to be honest with you.

“That was a great victory for us. The kids just pulled it out.”

The Trojans started their dominance in the field events. Senior Katie McColly tied the Sectional Record in winning the long jump (18-3 1¦4), while sophomore Marissa Crafton finished second (17-5).

“Katie had a really outstanding day,” Kearney said. “She ran an awful good 4x100 and 200 while setting the record in the long jump. The stars come out at night and she did.

“Marissa struggled some in the prelims (of the long jump) and really came through in the finals. She ran two great races in the 200 too.”

Chrissy Watts continued the point gathering with a first place finish in the high jump. Watts cleared 5-2 to take top honors.

“I was really happy for Chrissy,” Kearney said. “That’s really big for her and it’s something she can build on for next week.”

Aris Ringas made the biggest jump up the point ladder for the Trojans in the discus. The junior was seeded 10th and after her throw of 100-0, she finished third overall advancing to the Regional.

“Aris Ringas in the Discus went crazy,” Kearney said. “She was seeded 10th and moved all the way up to third.”

In the shot put, Maria Schuster finished third overall (35-9 1¦2) and Elizabeth Eberhart was seventh (30-10 3¦4). Kelley Freeman also advanced to the Regional with a fourth place finish in the pole vault (9-6).

“No way I’d have believed we got third in both of the throws,” Kearney said. “I just wouldn’t have believed it. We had some major breakthrough’s tonight.”

Once the track portion of the night started, Chesterton didn’t let up. McColly and Crafton went 2-3 in the 200, while Brianne Guardiola finished second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles.

“We’ve done workouts that indicated we were ready to maybe break out,” Kearney said. “We got a couple of nice days in a row and there we are.”

Allyson Harvey and Jamie Norgaard finished 2-4 in the 800 to advance.

“Jamie (Norgaard) was a little befuddled with me taking her out of the 4x800 and putting her little sister (Jenna) in,” Kearney said. “I thought she had an outside shot at getting out in the 800 because the time’s were so close. She took a lot of time off.”

In the 1,600, the Trojans saw Milana Socha and Tina Guidarelli make huge jumps up the charts with a fourth and sixth place finish.

“I can’t believe Milana (Socha) got fourth in the mile,” Kearney said. “That’s a great run. We were seeded ninth and 11th and we finish fourth and sixth. That’s eight points we weren’t supposed to get. We did that in a lot of spots.”

In the Relays, the Trojans took top honors in the 4x800 with the quartet of Kelsey Phillips, Jenna Norgaard, Guidarelli and Harvey (10:00.41). The 4x100 group of Bailey Huddleston, Mallory Przybylinski, Megan Erminger and McColly also won (49.93).

“I don’t know where we ran poorly,” Kearney said. “I can’t think of any place where we were just bad. There are places we could improve and some places where we had kids not perform up to par, but for the most part we were pretty good tonight.”

And the Trojans that just missed out on a Regional spot were every bit as important according to Kearney.

“I was really impressed with Bailey Huddleston finishing sixth in the 100,” Kearney said. “I was just hoping she’d find a way into the finals and then caught a couple kids in the last 20 meters.

“We had a lot of kids finish fifth and sixth that would have liked to get to the Regional, but gave us some huge team points.”

Team Results

1. Chesterton, 148; 2. Valparaiso, 135 1¦2; 3. Michigan City, 95; 4. Portage, 78; 5. LaPorte, 66; 6. New Prairie, 44; 7. South Central, 26; 8. Wheeler, 15; 9. Michigan City Marquette, 9; 10. Washington Twp., 7 1¦2.

Individual Results

(Top 4 finishers qualify for next Tuesday’s Chesterton Regional)

100 – 1. Denisha Mitchell (L), 13.02; 2. Shanese McGregor (MC), 13.04; 3. Paige Huck (V), 13.32; 4. Taylor Gilles (W), 13.35; 5. Blaney Keough (V), 13.59; 6. Bailey Huddleston (C), 13.64; 7. Sydney Wagner (WT), 13/65; 8. Kristy Evans (P), 13.67.

200 – 1. Shanese McGregor (MC), 26.70; 2. Katie McColly (C), 26.74; 3. Marissa Crafton (C), 27.35; 4. Blaney Keough (V), 27.50; 5. Ashley Farley (P), 27.54; 6. Liandra Cash (MC), 27.74; 7. Paige Huck (V), 27.82; 8. Sydney Wagner (WT), 28.77.

400 – 1. Kim Walker (V), 1:00.67; 2. Mary Gamble (NP), 1:01.52; 3. Claudia Kalin (V), 1:02.23; 4. Paige Kadish (C), 1:02.57; 5. Patti Merrion (MCM), 1:02.58; 6. Mallory Przybylinski (C), 1:02.92; 7. Jaquel Freeny (P), 1:05.30; 8. Kayla Criswell (P), 1:05.60.

800 – 1. Mary Kate Mellen (MC), 2:22.32; 2. Allyson Harvey (C), 2:22.87; 3. Lisa Samplawski (P), 2:25.76; 4. Jamie Norgaard (C), 2:26.66; 5. Kristin Wagner (NP), 2:30.93; 6. Nicole Komasinski (L), 2:31.24; 7. Kathryn Sommer (V), 2:31.78; 8. Sarah Thompson (NP), 2:32.55.

1,600 – 1. Mary Kate Mellen (MC), 5:20.92; 2. Kathryn Sommer (V), 5:24.01; 3. Rebecca Kuehn (L), 5:27.71; 4. Milana Socha (C), 5:35.20; 5. Kristin Wolf (SC), 5:42.19; 6. Tina Guidarelli (C), 5:44.16; 7. Jessica Stanfill (V), 5:48.75; 8. Jackie Pagan (P), 5:53.37.

3,200 – 1. Christina DelTurco (P), 11:38.58; 2. Christina Blair (W), 11:40.38; 3. Rebecca Kuehn (L), 12:00.32; 4. Taylor Halko (P), 12:11.98; 5. Malorie Crafton (C), 12:22.33; 6. Milana Socha (C), 12:32.02; 7. Cassandra Kirk (V), 12:36.36; 8. Emma Weisman (V), 12:45.65.

100 HUR – 1. Robin Wright (SC), 16.54; 2. Stephanie Fisher (V), 16.62; 3. Brianne Guardiola (C), 16.94; 4. Taylor Rose (V), 17.30; 5. Autumn Murray (P), 17.55; 6. Kaylay Layman (NP), 17.75; 7. Candis Stoner (NP), 17.79; 8. Kirstyn Nallenweg (C), 18.47.

300 HUR – 1. Stephanie Fisher (V), 47.73; 2. Brianne Guardiola (C), 47.96; 3. Taylor Rose (V), 49.37; 4. Robin Wright (SC), 49.67; 5. Autumn Murray (P), 49.93; 6. Katie Bekavac (SC), 50.07; 7. Kirstyn Nallenweg (C), 50.90; 8. Joslin Robinson (MC), 51.44.

4x100 – 1. Chesterton (Bailey Huddleston, Mallory Przybylinski, Megan Erminger, Katie McColly), 49.93; 2. Valparaiso, 50.57; 3. Michigan City, 50.79; 4. Portage, 51.15; 5. LaPorte, 52.47; 6. New Prairie, 53.39; 7. Wheeler, 53.72; 8. South Central, 55.70.

4x400 – 1. Michigan City, 4:06.85; 2. Valparaiso, 4:09.25; 3. Portage, 4:14.06; 4. Chesterton (Paige Kadish, Shauna Foor, Marissa Crafton, Katie Behrendt), 4:15.49; 5. New Prairie, 4:23.71; 6. Michigan City Marquette, 4:32.91; 7. South Central, 4:34.26; 8. LaPorte, 4:37.55.

4x800 – 1. Chesterton (Kelsey Phillips, Jenna Norgaard, Tina Guidarelli, Allyson Harvey), 10:00.41; 2. New Prairie, 10:04.70; 3. Valparaiso, 10:11.69; 4. Michigan City, 10:30.84; 5. Portage, 10:33.75; 6. LaPorte, 11:07.66; 7. Michigan City Marquette, 11:10.12; 8. South Central, 12:34.87.

HJ – 1. Chrissy Watts (C), 5-2; 2. Mary Gamble (NP), 5-1; 3. Denisha Mitchell (L), 5-1; 4. Ruth Sanders (V), 5-0; 5. Megan Rawdon (P), 5-0; 6. Rachel Crawford (C), 4-10; 7. (tie) Kacie Marshall (V) and Samantha Matchett (WT), 4-8.

PV – 1. Abbey Sutton (V), 10-0; 2. Courtney Brinckman (MC), 9-6; 3. Madelyn Miskulin (V), 9-6; 4. Kelley Freeman (C), 9-6; 5. Courtni Fryer (L), 9-0; 6. Chloe Lawson (C), 9-0; 7. Melanie Pugh (WT), 8-6; 8. Rosalie Delarme (L), 8-0.

LJ – 1. Katie McColly (C), 18-3 1¦4 (SECTIONAL RECORD); 2. Marissa Crafton (C), 17-5; 3. Melissa Moeller (V), 16-8 1¦4; 4. Denisha Mitchell (L), 16-6 3¦4; 5. Claudia Kalin (V), 16-5 1¦2; 6. Tiffany Palagyi (P), 16-0 1¦2; 7. Kayley Layman (NP), 15-5; 8. Ashley Bilen (WT), 15-1 3¦4.

DIS – 1. Brittany Coburn (L), 124-3; 2. Latesha Mitchell (MC), 106-1; 3. Aris Ringas (C), 100-0; 4. McKenzia Harsha (P), 100-0; 5. Daralyn Richard (MC), 98-0; 6. Kelsea Olsen (V), 97-10; 7. Jennifer Thomas (L), 95-2; 8. Candis Stoner (NP), 92-5.

SP – 1. Tori Bliss (P), 41-7 1¦2; 2. Stephanie Wilson (MC), 36-0 1¦2; 3. Maria Schuster (C), 35-9 1¦2; 4. Ashley Lauver (L), 35-1; 5. Alana Rivera (MC), 34-6 1¦2; 6. McKenzie Harsha (P), 33-4; 7. Elizabeth Eberhart (C), 30-10 3¦4; 8. Kelsea Olsen (V), 30-6 1¦4.

 

 

Posted 5/14/2008