Several members of
Chesterton's boys cross country team traveled to Terre Haute last fall to
watch Nathan O'Connor run in the State Finals.
The view is going
to be even better next Saturday.
"It's going to be a
lot more fun having seven guys racing," Chestertonís Matthew Streeter said
after a third-place team finish in Saturday's New Prairie Semistate.
With plenty of
drama on the sixth-place bubble, Chesterton largely took itself out of the
suspense with a strong performance that actually put it in contention for
the title, its 112 points trailing only Crown Point (93) and Valparaiso
"Going into it, we
knew if we just ran consistent like we have all year, things should fall
into place," Trojan coach Tim Ray said. "A lot of people kind of had us
pegged for fifth. We talked about it, that on a good day, if we were really
on, we could compete with Crown Point and Valpo, and we did that. It was
nice for them to experience that."
The trip to State
was set into motion by the top 20 trio of Will Shook (ninth), Streeter
(14th) and Dylan Draves (19th).
"That was nice to
have," Ray said. "The guys in the back knowing those guys are up there, that
helped pull them through the rest of the way."
The trio were
holdovers from last season's seventh-place finish.
satisfying compared to last year," Streeter said. "That was really
heartbreaking. Having the whole team on the podium was a really good moment.
I couldn't have done without my teammates being there every day of practice
helping me. I was really excited to look around and see everyone coming in."
Streeter's time of
16:30 was nearly a minute-and-a-half faster than a season ago.
"It was nice to
have Matthew back on track to where we thought he was capable of at the
beginning of the year," Ray said. "His freshman year, he had a stress
fracture, and was out about eight months. He had some shin issues, so we
played it cautious with him. He worked himself back into shape and popped
off a good one. He came up pretty big for us."
Shook paced the
Trojans with a 16:23.9, while Draves clocked 16:33.6.
"I think it was our
training," Shook said. "We pushed it a week back from last year. I also
think, last week, we were running kind of poorly, and we realized we've got
to pick it up. We can't take it for granted."
(41st, 16:54.7) and Adam Juestel (52nd, 17:06) also scored for Chesterton,
just ahead of Cole Dolson (54th, 17:08.2). Jackson Tuck was 79th (17:24.5).
"Our four, five and
six were very consistent," Ray said. "A lot of times, kids don't understand
how the season works. You may be running well at the beginning of the
season, but it's a long season. The post-season is about as long as the
And thanks to
Chesterton's showing, its season has one more week.
(140), West Lafayette Harrison (165) and Lake Central (195) also advanced as
teams, the Indians edging the hosts for the final state berth on the
Guerra topped a trio of Lake County runners at the front, winning in
AT NEW PRAIRIE
1. Crown Point 93,
2. Valparaiso 107, 3. Chesterton 112, 4. West Lafayette 140, 5. Harrison
Lafayette) 165, 6.
Lake Central 195, 7. New Prairie 195, 8. Lowell 212, 9. Warsaw 213, 10. La
11. Plymouth 310,
12. McCutcheon 344, 13. Munster 345, 14. Hanover Central 355, 15. Culver
Academy 362, 16. Western 398, 17. Wheeler 458, 18. Frankfort 475, 19.
Rochester 506, 20. Lafayette Jefferson 539.
1. Lucas Guerra
(Highland) 15:31.8, 2. Geno Christofanelli (CP) 15:40.9, 3. Gabe Sanchez (L)
Caleb Williams (Ha)
15:50.6, 4. Tim O'Laughlin (NP) 16:02, 6. Quinton Bock (CP) 16:15.2, 7.
(Ha) 16:17.2, 8. Cole Raymond (LP) 16:19.4, 9. Will Shook (C) 16:23.9, 10.
Alex Alba (Ha)
finishers: 14. Matthew Streeter 16:30, 19. Dylan Draves 16:33.6, 41. Travis
Konarski 16:54.7, 52. Adam Juestel 17:06, 54. Cole Dolson 17:08.2, 79.
Jackson Tuck 17:24.5.