Regression in the
postseason can spell serious trouble, writing free passes to Saturdays off
the month of October.
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
"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."
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
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
"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."
(17:56) was 28th and Adam Juestel was 61st (20:13.1).
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."
AT NEW PRAIRIE
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.
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.
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