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Chesterton Boys cross country runnerup at Sectional

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Regression in the postseason can spell serious trouble, writing free passes to Saturdays off the month of October.

Fortunately for Chesterton, a poor showing in Saturday's New Prairie Sectional didn't prove to be costly in the standings nor in the advancement process, but Trojan coach Tim Ray hopes it gets his team's attention in preparation for bigger races.

"It was a bad day," Ray said. "We're lucky at this point in competition, it's survive and advance. It's at a time when it doesn't kill us, but it doesn't necessarily help us either."

The Trojans certainly had no trouble doing that, finishing a closer-than-Ray-thought 10 points behind champion Valparaiso (62) in the team chase. Portage (84), New Prairie (85) and LaPorte (92) also moved on in the well-bunched field.

"We wanted our usual top couple guys to do certain things they haven't done, to challenge themselves a little more in the early sections of the race, and we didn't execute like we wanted," Ray said. "Hopefully, we can make those corrections moving forward."

The Trojans were led by Nathan O'Connor, who took ninth place in 17 minutes, 6.9 seconds. He was backed by Matthew Van Kley (11th, 17:13.4) and Dylan Draves, a riser in the lineup, 12th at 17:18.5.

Recent No. 2 Will Shook finished 18th (17:30.3) with Kenny Erow (21st, 17:39.1) rounding out the scoring.

"It's a learning curve for (O'Connor and Shook)," Ray said. "They're used to having two guys up there. Now it's the postseason, that's new for them, and it's like, oh boy. We have to be a little more aggressive toward the front. We have to move those guys closer to the front than they are right now if we're going to have a shot later on. They have to figure out where they are in a race, what's going on around them, the people around them. They have to know that, to believe they should be up front, that it's not some fluke stuff."

Kyler Haynes (17:56) was 28th and Adam Juestel was 61st (20:13.1).

"Dylan, Matthew, Kyler, they all ran really well," Ray said. "They picked up some other guys who had an off day. Sometimes, you don't have your one, two, three guy and it becomes another guy."

IHSAA Sectional


Team Results

1. Valparaiso, 62; 2. Chesterton, 72; 3. Portage, 84; 4. New Prairie, 85; 5. LaPorte, 92; 6. Wheeler, 167; 7. Washington Twp., 204; 8. Boone Grove, 243; 9. Michigan City, 244; 10. South Central, 263; 11. MC Marquette, 308; 12. Westville, 343; 13. Lake Station, 362.

Individual Results

1. Jack Acton (V), 16:24.4; 2. Mitchell Gits (L), 16:26.3; 3. Kyle Gutierrez (P), 16:42.6; 4. Jacob Corbett (NP), 16:44.2; 5. Nathaniel Smith (V), 16:51.5; 6. Hudson Hall (Wh), 16:55.4; 7. Tom Elwood (P), 17:01.4; 8. Connor Havens (L), 17:05.8; 9. Nathan O'Connor (C), 17:06.9 10. Damian Albisu (MC), 17:08.3.

Other Chesterton finishers: 11. Matthew VanKley, 17:13.4; 13. Dylan Draves, 17:18.5; 18. Will Shook, 17:30.3; 21. Kenny Erow, 17:39.1; 28. Kyler Haynes, 17:56; 61. Adam Juestel, 20:13.1.



Posted 10/9/2018




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