If the indoor
season is any indication, the Chesterton boys track team is ready to take
its place among the State’s best.
That trek begins
tonight as the Trojans travel to Highland to start the 2017 season.
“We have a lot of
kids that can score some points in big meets,” Chesterton coach Bryan
Nallenweg said. “Our expectations are obviously high in a conference that is
loaded from top to bottom. Every week is going to be a competitive meet. We
just have to fill in the gaps in the lineup.”
That lineup begins
with four sprinters that made up a 4x200 relay team that placed at the
indoor HSR Meet and will run together on the 4x100 relay outdoors.
“The 4x1 relay has
a lot of those guys back that ran in the 4x2 at the HSR indoor meet,”
Nallenweg said. “EJ Biokoro, Phil Flores, Darren Corzan and Braden Corzan
are all looking really strong. Our sprinters are probably our strength, but
we have some kids in the distance group that are really good too.”
Kintzele leads that group after a runner-up finish in the 3,200 at the HSR
“Jakob had a great
indoor season culminating in his run at HSR,” Nallenweg said. “(Junior)
Andrew Smenyak had a good indoor season and will be right there outdoors as
Off the track, the
Trojans return state qualifiers Flores and Louie Razo in the long jump and
Ben Raffin in the pole vault.
“Phil and Louie in
the long jump qualified for the State Meet. That gives us two guys that
could earn medals,” Nallenweg said. “Raffin in the pole vault was sixth in
the indoor meet. That’s going to be big points for us in meets.”
In field events,
Chesterton will turn to Charlie Bernth and senior James Van Drie in the shot
put and discus, along with Noah Mahoney in the high jump.
“Our throwers have
made some big strides in the indoor season,” Nallenweg said. “Charlie Bernth
is throwing for the first time and has improved in every meet he’s thrown
in. James Van Drie in the discus will be one of our top guys. Noah Mahoney
in the high jump keeps getting better too.”