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Chesterton Boys XC finishes 17th at State

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Sometimes, the journey means more than the destination.

So, while a 17th-place finish at Saturday's state finals may not have been what Chesterton was hoping for coming in, Trojans coach Tim Ray wasn't about to put a damper on the team's season finale.

“From the start of the season, not one time did we talk about the state meet until this week,” Ray said. "Our state meet was last week (semistate), and we won. Coach (Mike) Hoffman from Merrillville and I talked, and we compared this race to reaching the mountain top. Then when you are there, you are expected to keep climbing, but there is nothing there to climb. It is mentally very tough to enter a race knowing that at your perfect race, you won’t be in the top six. We battled and ran great."

Chesterton posted 395 points, finishing second among the four local schools in the meet. Crown Point was 12th (344), Lake Central 22nd (558) and Munster 23rd (563).

“I am very proud of our guys and the way they raced,” Ray said. “We talked about doing the best we could and not worry about places. We only had one of our top five back from last year and far exceeded any rankings or expectations. We won the school's third semistate championship in school history along with sectional and regionals. This senior class qualified for (state) for the third time in four years and the program's 15th in the past 20. The boys represented their families, school, and more importantly the Chesterton cross county program with excellence and I was honored to have coached them."

Matthrew Streeter (40th, 16:24.5) led the Trojans, who then slipped to freshman Evan O'Connor (98th, 16:55.5) with Cole Dolson 130th (17:10.4) and Josh Dennington 131st (17:11.3). Jackson Tuck completed the scoring five in 147th (17:18.2). Also for the Trojans, Josh Tuck was 169th (17:37.8) and Reece Erow 186th (18:05.4).

"Matthew again had a great race. He battled the whole season," Ray said. "His career was up and down but he had a wonderful senior season and I am so happy for him. Josh improved by over a minute from last year and really became a great runner. Cole Dolson, Jackson, Josh and Reece ran strong all year and are all back next year."

Izaiah Steury of Angola won the meet, pulling from Highland's Lucas Guerra to finish in 15:23.7.

IHSAA State Finals


Team Results

1. Columbus North, 63; 2. Carmel, 112; 3. Brebeuf Jesuit, 126; 4. Center Grove, 191; 5. Fishers, 196; 6. Hamilton Southeastern, 228; 7. Noblesville, 235; 8. FW Concordia Lutheran, 257; 9. Zionsville, 301; 10. Guerin Catholic, 302; 11. Bloomington North, 335; 12. Crown Point, 344; 13. Goshen, 350; 14. Jasper, 375; 15. Bloomington South, 383; 16. Warsaw, 386; 17. Chesterton, 395; 18. Penn, 409; 19. Floyd Central, 423; 20. FW Carroll, 423; 21. Northview, 541; 22. Lake Central, 558; 23. Munster, 563; 24. Western, 583.

Individual Results

1. Izaiah Steury (Angola), 15:23.7; 2. Lucas Guerra (Highland), 15:34.5; 3. Kole Mathison (Carmel), 15:36.4; 4. Reese Kilbarger-Stumpff (Columbus North), 15:44.3; 5. Mariano Retzloff (Penn), 15:45.5.

Chesterton finishers: 40. Matthew Streeter, 16:24.5; 98. Evan O’Connor, 16:55.6; 130. Cole Dolson, 17:10.4; 131. Josh Dennington, 17:11.3; 147. Jackson Tuck, 17:18.3; 169. Josh Tuck, 17:37.8; 186. Reece Erow, 18:05.4.



Posted 11/2/2020




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