NEW PRAIRIE --
Rummaging through the cross country cage last week at the high school in
search of her old uniforms, Coach Lindsay Moskalick happened upon some
pictures and newspaper clippings from some of Chesterton's glory days.
While she couldn't
find her Trojan duds during the trip down Memory Lane, some other race wear,
circa 1980s was found.
like, we've got to wear these," Moskalick said. "It was fun. Those were good
times. The old stuff's making a comeback."
Indeed it is.
Sporting the retro
outfits and throwback warm-ups from bygone time, the Trojans restored some
of the roar from the golden years at Chesterton, topping Valparaiso 36-43 to
take Saturday's New Prairie Regional.
"I told the girls
they're the start of a new tradition," Moskalick said. "They need to run
like they want to be the tradition, and they did. They came through. I'm
like the old history teacher to them. I give them the background of
Chesterton cross country every single day. They're starting to understand,
OK, Chesterton has a rich tradition."
The title was
Chesterton's first since 2005, when winner Sarah Kehe paced the Trojans to
the team victory.
"I've been telling
the girls all season, nothing's set in stone," Moskalick said. "Favorites
are always meant to be favorites and dark horses are always meant to be dark
horses. I don't know if the stars were aligned or what it was, but they did
what we wanted to do and what I know they're capable of doing. It was pretty
exciting to watch."
This time, the win
was powered by Shelby Bullock, who posted a six-second victory over
Valparaiso's Ava Gilliana, running 18 minutes, 9.6 seconds.
"I think the
conditions were obviously better," Bullock said. "I felt really good. I know
I led the race, but the (start)'s normally faster than that. I had more
going into the second mile, coming out of the woods, so I knew I needed to
turn it on. Once I got up the hill, I knew I needed to get on pace there."
tightened the ranks behind Bullock with Bailey Ranta finishing fourth
(19:00.4), Nalani Malackowski in eighth (19:47.9) and Kara Krol in ninth
"We're all really
excited. We all did really well," Bullock said. "We've all worked really
hard. To see everybody get where they want to be at this point is a big
(16th, 20:10.7) completed the Trojans' top five. Bree Gentry was 37th
(21:19.9) and Rebecca White 53rd (22:27.6).
great," Moskalick said. "She's been the leader of the group every single
race. Our two through five really stepped up in a big game. This week, I
gave each of the girls individual racing strategies I wanted them to try.
Regional is a good time to try strategies before Semistate. Each had their
task, they stuck to the task and did what they needed to do. They definitely
moved up compared to (sectionals). They knew the team strategy was that we
needed one through five to be under two minutes (apart). That helped seal
the deal for the team."
performance, who knows what throwback garb Moskalick will dig out of the
cage for Semistate.
"It's a special
group," she said. "I guess I'm the one who's blessed, to be coming into such
a good group. They work hard and they truly know I'm all about the team. It
takes every single one of them. It's not just one person. I think they
realize that. We seem to mesh very well together."
AT NEW PRAIRIE
1. Chesterton, 36;
2. Valparaiso, 43; 3. Wheeler, 104; 4. Portage, 114; 5. LaPorte, 118; 6.
Morgan Twp., 128; 7. Rensslaer, 169; 8. Kankakee Valley, 228; 9. North
Judson, 274; 10. Kouts, 301.
1. Shelby Bullock
(C), 18:49.6; 2. Ava Gilliana (V), 18:55.7; 3. Hailey Orosz (W), 19:00.4; 4.
Bailey Ranta (C), 19:00.9; 5. Morgan McCulloch (P), 19:25.5; 6. Emily
Worthington (V), 19:32.4; 7. Sarah Worthington (V), 19:34.1; 8. Nalani
Malackowski (C), 19:47.9; 9. Kara Krol (C), 19:48.1; 10. Amzie Maienbrook
finishers: 37. Bree Gentry, 21:19.9; 53. Rebecca White, 22:27.6.