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Bullock wins title; CHS 3rd in cross country sectional

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A windy morning turned Saturday’s New Prairie Cross Country Sectional into a tactical race where being in the lead wasn’t necessarily the best strategy.

“The first two miles were really slow,” Chesterton’s Shelby Bullock said. “There was so much wind, nobody wanted to go out. I really had to work the last mile.”

Eventually, the Trojan junior made her move and when she did, it was decisive. Bullock and Valapraiso’s Ava Gilliana pulled away to a two-person race over the last mile and Bullock took control late to win in 18 minutes, 44.9 seconds.

"I’ve definitely surprised myself this season,” Bullock said. “It gives me so much more confidence. I know I’m capable of staying with them. I just keep focusing on my kick at the end. I knew coming into the race I had to keep them in my grasp and give it my all the last mile.

“Ava was a real motivator the last 800 (meters). We were by ourselves, so we were pushing each other, motivating each other. We were on tired legs. This was actually our hardest week of training. I just felt really good.”

Bullock keyed a strong showing for Chesterton, which took third with 52 points, one behind LaPorte. Valparaiso repeated as team champion at 39.

“It’s exciting,” Chesterton coach Maggie Wolgamot said. “(Shelby) looked really strong. The first mile was so slow. I knew she’d have to kill the pace the whole way. You can’t wait ‘til the end. Whoever’s with you is with you.”

A team that’s run well as a group but has lacked a front runner for a long time continues to pack up and now it has that low number leading the way.

“The team’s really excited,” Bullock said. “We know what we’re capable of as a team. We’ve come so far. Everyone’s improving. We’re all gaining so much confidence.”

Kara Krol followed Bullock in eighth at 19:56.6. Freshman Nalani Malackowski was 11th (20:12.9), classmate Taylor Edwards 15th (20:29.1) and Elizabeth Canright 17th (20:36.9).

The Trojans had their whole lineup in the top 25 with Rachel Hoffmann 21st (21:04.5) and Rebecca White 25th (21:27.6).

“It was a tough week of training,” Wolgamot said. “You never know when they’re tired how they’re going to perform. We’ve got a race tactic we’re trying to perfect for the rest of the postseason, just mental outlooks, check points during the race. Kara ran really strong. She had a well-timed first mile. They cling to one another in practice, so we try to keep five close in the race. Every time they see a (teammate), we want to keep that contact.”

Wolgamot’s optimistic the Trojans will continue to trend positively in Saturday’s return to New Prairie for the Regional.

“They put in the mileage over the summer, but we’re really trying to train smarter, not necessarily harder,” Wolgamot said. “It’s a whole process. It’s working well.”

IHSAA Sectional


Team Results

1. Valparaiso, 39; 2. LaPorte, 51; 3. Chesterton, 52; 4. Portage, 108; 5. New Prairie, 159; 6. Wheeler, 177; 7. Michigan City, 210; 8. South Central, 244; 9. Lake Station, 264; 10. Washington Twp., 308.

Individual Results

1. Shelby Bullock (C) 18:44.9, 2. Ava Gilliana (V) 18:51.9, 3. Shelby Riehle (LP) 18:59.5, 4. Logan Ferngren (V) 19:11.9, 5. Katerina Shuble (LP) 19:34.4, 6. Hailey Orosz (Wh) 19:46.4, 7. Rachel Gerick (LP) 19:48.9, 8. Kara Krol (C) 19:56.6, 9. Emily Worthington (V) 20:03.3, 10. Sarah Worthington (V) 20:04.6.

Other Chesterton finsihers: 11. Nalani Malackowski (C) 20:12.9, 15. Taylor Edwards (C) 20:29.1, 17. Elizabeth Canright (C) 20:36.9, 21. Rachel Hoffmann (C) 21:04.5, 25. Rebecca White (C) ,21:27.6.



Posted 10/9/2017




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