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Bullock wins, Trojans 2nd in XC Sectional

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Chesterton's recent resurgence in girls cross country and Shelby Bullock's ascent in the individual ranks has rekindled the rivalry in the sport between the Trojans and Valparaiso, both of whom have a long history of success in the sport.

But if you think there's anything UFC about Bullock's battle at the top with the Vikings' Ava Gilliana, that would be a mistake.

"I really like having Ava there," Bullock said. "We really push each other. The last 800, we were talking, encouraging each other, giving each other high fives."

When the pair entered the quarter-mile finishing straightaway, it was every man (or in this case, woman) for herself, and Bullock, not known for her closing speed, pulled away to win in 19 minutes, 8.05 seconds for the New Prairie Sectional title Saturday. Gilliana crossed in 19:16.1.

"As we turned the last turn, at that point, you realize basically the only thing you can do is go give it your all," Bullock said. "Like I've said, on any given day, anybody can win. I knew I needed to kick it in and I was able to pull away."

Chesterton coach Lindsay Moskalick was impressed with Bullock's ability to seize control late.

"Going into the last 400, I was a little nervous because Ava's got a good kick, being a miler and Shelby a two-miler (in track)," Moskalick said. "But we're in the training phase where we're doing speed stuff, things at the ends of races, and that's really helping. It's only her third season as a high school athlete, so it's got to be a huge confidence boost for her to be able to do that. It's nice to see her keep improving."

As was the case the week before in the Duneland Athletic Conference meet, Bullock's victory keyed a runner-up finish for the Trojans as a team. Valparaiso won with 37 points to the Trojans' 55. Wheeler, Portage and LaPorte also advanced to Saturday's New Prairie Regional.

"We came into it thinking we had a shot, but second would be good," Moskalick said.

Freshman Bailey Ranta took fourth, a breath out of third, in 19:37.1, while Kara Krol was eighth in 20:32.04.

"Every race has been a learning experience for Bailey and she's doing really well," Moskalick said. "She's a competitor. Kara had a good race, too. They're moving up like they need to."

Nalani Malackowski was 18th (21:01.4) and freshman Bree Gentry was 26th (21:46.5), followed by Rebecca White (21:51.7). Taylor Edwards was 32nd in 22:09.4.

"The big thing again, and the girls know it, is closing the gap between our four, five, six and seven runners," Moskalick said. "As we get further along in the tournament series, it's only going to hurt our overall score."

IHSAA Sectional


Team Results

1. Valparaiso, 37; 2. Chesterton, 55; 3. Wheeler, 87; 4. Portage, 95; 5. LaPorte, 114; 6. New Prairie, 153; 7. South Central, 221; 8. Lake Station, 252; 9. Michigan City, 258; 10. Washington Twp., 295.

Individual Results

1. Shelby Bullock (C), 19:08.5; 2. Ava Gilliana (V), 19:16.1; 3. Hailey Orosz (Wh), 19:37.1; 4. Bailey Ranta

(C), 19:37.1; 5. Morgan McCulloch (P), 19:39.1; 6. Emily Worthington (V), 19:55.6; 7. Sarah Worthington (V), 19:56.4; 8. Kara Krol (C), 20:32.4; 9. Amaya Turner (Wh), 20:34.9; 10. Lillian Maldia (V), 20:36.1.

Other Chesterton finishers: 18. Nalani Malackowski, 21:01.4; 26. Bree Gentry, 21:46.5; 27. Rebecca White, 21:51.7; 32. Taylor Edwards, 22:09.4.


Posted 10/9/2018




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