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Boys Track opens season at Highland today

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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.”

Junior Jakob Kintzele leads that group after a runner-up finish in the 3,200 at the HSR Meet.

“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 well.”

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.”



Posted 4/6/2017




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