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A competitive day of rest for CHS cross country

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A week ahead of the Duneland Athletic Conference meet, Chesterton's cross country teams used Saturday's Highland Invitational as a rest and maintenance day for the vast majority of its top runners

"We've got five big races hopefully coming up, so we just wanted to give the girls a little extra race before we push into the next phase of our training," girls coach Lindsey Moskalick said. "Essentially, they had a workout and we kept them back at home. We needed to race two more to get in enough races foe the post-season."

One of those was Catherine White, the Trojans' No. 2 before being sidelined by an injury several weeks ago.

"She's feeling better," Moskalick said. "We treated it as a tempo (run). She didn't run race pace. She ran slightly under race pace, comfortable, up tempo. She looked nice and smooth."

White placed 19th (20:53.9) and freshman Madison Trumbo was 23rd (21:02.1), knocking off 45 seconds.

"We have like 10 girls who are kind of all right there," Moskalick said. "Our six and seven, there's a little more of a gap from our No. 8. We're hoping our eight, nine, 10 can work themselves up over the next week."

Chesterton finished fifth with 132 points. Wheeler won the team title, scoring 64, followed by Lake Central (90), Valparaiso (109) and Crown Point (125). Valpo's Kaylie Politza was first in 18:57.4.

On the boys side, the Trojans went even deeper into the roster, sitting its top 12.

"Just trying to keep our guys as healthy as possible," coach Tim Ray said. "With uncertainty happening all around us, we are trying to get through and just take it one day at a time. We had some guys set PRs and run some real solid races. We knew that this was going to be a pretty fast course with some really good competition. I think for our guys, especially with the reserves going into their last race, we want to have confidence that you're going to run well. I think with the race like this and the kind of course it is, it most definitely did that for us."

The Trojans' top trio of Lucas Vinet, Billy Clinkert and Brendan Hoch crossed in succession, 61st, 62nd and 63rd.

"Billy, Ian Rutherford, Lucas and Brendan Hoch really set the tone for us up front," Ray said. "Guys like Francis Fox, Ethan Woodrich, Nathan Keel and Sam Haughtington continue to work their way through the field and were able to produce some great times for themselves. With the conference championship next weekend. these guys understand that the chances to prove themselves and earn a varsity spot the postseason roster is down to one, so it's nice for them to get out and be able to run fast and enjoy the great weather."

Chesterton was 13th (285) among 14 full-rostered teams. Lake Central was team champion with 43 points. Griffith's Jon Baxter led the field in 16:15.3.

The race was run in a wave format with the divisions separated by two-and-a-half minutes and the places calculated afterward to determine results.

"It was the challenge of having a lot of kids in a race, how do we put them on the line and do it safely," Highland Athletics Director Ryan Harrington said. "Did we go over, too cautious on things? Potentially, yeah, but I'd rather be too safe than not enough. I liked the wave start. It's something different, something doable. There are pros and cons to it. We have to weigh those out. Overall, I think everybody enjoyed it."

Highland Invite

AT HIGHLAND

Boys Race

Team Results

1 Lake Central, 48; 2. Valparaiso, 103; 3. Munster, 112; 4. Portage, 153; 5. Illiana Christian, 184; 6. Lowell, 203; 7. Merrillville, 229; 8. Hobart, 248; 9. Crown Point, 281; 10. Kankakee Valley, 281; 11. Boone Grove, 285; 12. Hebron, 287 13. Chesterton, 314; 14. Wheeler, 359; 15. Griffith, 404; 16. Andrean, 406; 17. Calumet, 488; 18. Highland, 500.

Individual Results

1. Jonathan Baxter (G), 16:15.3; 2. Logan Russell (LC), 16:21.4; 3. Justin Van Prooyen (IC), 16:23.3; 4. Ari Arzumanian (MU), 16:33.2; 5. Zach Dunn (ME), 16:33.3.

Chesterton finishers: 61. Lucas Vinet, 18:07.8; 62. Billy Clinkert, 18:08.7; 63. Brendan Hoch, 18:09.2; 111. Francis Fox, 18:53.2; 117. Ian Rutherford, 18:59.3; 122. Trevor Arlington, 19:13.8; 140. Preston Throw, 19:38.6; 142. Vince Fox, 19:42.1; 152. Tyler Herzog, 19:53.2; 155. Drew Carpenter, 19:55.1; 156. Matthew Long, 19:58.4; 163. Oliver Wilgocki, 20:06.2; 175. Owen Daugherty, 20:25.2; 176. Ethan Wodrich, 20:28.7; 178. Will Nowicki, 20:30.5; 189. David McGrogan, 20:51.7; 203. Nathan Keel, 21:57.1; 205. Ethan Kroft, 22:13.4; 212. Sam Haughtington, 22:56.9; 214. Braydon Mercier, 23:07.2; 220. Gage Wimmer, 23:36.3; 235. Owen Rutherford, 24:57.7; 241. Hunter Ellis, 27:46.7.

Girls Race

Team Results

1. Wheeler, 64; 2. Lake Central, 90; 3. Valparaiso, 109; 4. Crown Point, 125; 5. Chesterton, 132; 6. Munster, 201; 7. Hobart, 211; 8. Kankakee Valley 235; 9. Andrean, 240; 10. Illiana Christian, 251; 11. Lowell, 269; 12. Highland, 292; 13. Boone Grove, 334; 14. Hebron, 387; 15. Merrillville, 427; 16. Griffith, 470; 17. Gary West Side, 534.

Individual Results

1. Kaylie Politza (V), 18:57.3; 2. Emma Bell (KV), 19:41.1; 3. Emma Hellwege (W), 19:48.1; 4. Reilly Boyer (L), 19:56.1; 5. Cheyanne Stock (V), 19:57.3.

Chesterton finishers: 19. Catherine White, 20:53.9; 23. Madison Trumbo, 21:02.1; 27. Frances Clancy, 21:10.7; 31. Grace Carpenter, 21:18; 32. Liz Hibshman, 21:19.6; 33. Addison Leady, 21:27.3; 38. Ali Sierazy, 21:49.1; 42. Bella Smith, 21:54.6; 43. Nalani Malackowsi, 21:55.9; 55. Emma Brown, 22:27.3; 66. Mal Morrison, 22:55.9; 68. Olivia Kozak, 22:29.2; 70. Sydney Szabo, 23:03.9; 74. Abri Rodriguez, 23:12.5; 77. Coryn Rodriguez, 23:15.8; 78. Justyne Phillips, 23:18.2; 82. Rachel Cohen, 23:22.8; 94. Kaitlyn Van Kley, 23:37.4; 103. Maddie Burns 23:51.4; 115. Alissa Capehart, 24:07.6; 136. Sophie Arthur, 25:11.5; 138. Madison Wunderlin, 25:11.8; 142. Payton Shideler, 25:20.2; 159. Jordan Huneryarger, 26:19.9.

 

 

Posted 9/29/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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