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."
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."
(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
"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
Izaiah Steury of
Angola won the meet, pulling from Highland's Lucas Guerra to finish in
IHSAA State Finals
AT TERRE HAUTE
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.
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.
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.