Good was nowhere near good enough for the Chesterton girls cross country
team at Saturday's New Prairie Cross Country Semistate.
The Trojans saw their season come to an end with a 12th-place finish.
"They ran solid, as they have been, nothing more, nothing less," coach Brian
Carden said. "You try all the tricks you have in the bag to do the best you
can do, ways to keep their legs fresh. There are a million ways to run cross
country and we were trying to find the way that was best for us. We'll go
back to the drawing board. Hopefully, we'll be able to make some changes and
get back to the state meet."
Chesterton scored 293 points, last of the six Duneland Athletic Conference
teams in the race. West Lafayette tied the meet record for low score with a
32, with LaPorte (2nd, 116), Portage (3rd, 126) and Lake Central (5th, 179)
qualifying for state among area schools.
"It's all step by step," Carden said. "Sometimes it takes a year to get a
team where you want it. We can't all be Carmel, or West Lafayette."
Freshman Lindsey Nielsen again paced the Trojans, but any aspirations of
making it to Terre Haute individually didn't materialize as she finished
51st in 20:22.1.
"We were hoping Lindsey wouild have a great day and make it out," Carden
said. "She said it was pretty intense. It's a meet where there's a lot going
on. There are 140 runners with teams and 40 more individuals. They're not
all big people, but she said she was getting pushed around a little bit. It
was definitely an eye opener for her to do what she can do next year."
Chesterton's other scorers were Josie Tolin (71st, 20:43.6), Haley Cushway
(74th, 20:48.2), Kaylee Slont (83rd, 20:55) and Kassidy Scott (84th,
"Josie had a good, solid day, probably one of her better races all season,"
Carden said. "Kaylee ran consistent, as she has all year. She's been a
foundation of the team. When she runs well, we run well."
Leah Sink (103rd, 21:14.6) and Erin Socha (126th, 21:34.8) completed the
Trojan lineup. LaPorte's Elena Lancioni captured first place by six seconds
with an 18:11.3.
"We've only got two seniors. Everybody else is back," Carden said. "We'll
try to get a good winter in, go into track positive and get ready for
IHSAA New Prairie Semistate
AT NEW CARLISLE
1. West Lafayette 32 (TIES MEET RECORD), 2. LaPorte 116, 3. Portage 126, 4.
Warsaw 167, 5. Lake Central 179, 6. Twin Lakes 185, 7. New Prairie 194, 8.
Valparaiso 196, 9. Hobart 239, 10. Crown Point 252, 11. Seeger 259, 12.
Chesterton 293, 13. Harrison (West Lafayette) 326, 14. Munster 354, 15.
Western 398, 16. Rochester 398, 17. Winamac 435, 18. Clinton Central 474,
19. Hebron 477.
1. Elena Lancioni (LP) 18:11.3, 2. Lauren Johnson (WL) 18:17.3, 3. Kristen
Johnson (WL) 18:26.5, 4. Delaney Barber (WL) 18:35.1, 5. Madeline Lilly (TL)
18:35.9, 6. Taryn Thor (Northwestern) 18:41.6, 7. Rachel Thompson (NP)
18:42.1, 8. Celena Guerrero (Ho) 18:45.7, 9. Anna Bearss (R) 19:02.5, 10.
Olivia Johnson (Ha) 19:09.2, 11. Rachel Bales (WL) 19:10.9, 12. Mindy
Whidden (Ho) 19:12.8, 13. Mickayla Wenzel (West Central) 19:15.5, 14.
Michaela Gazdich (V) 19:17.9, 15. Grace Denton (WL) 19:19.8, 16. Kyleigh
Werner (South Central) 19:25.3, 17. Kailee Schoof (LP) 19:27.2, 18. Alison
Mundell (V) 19:27.5, 19. Allison Miller (Wa) 19:32.9, 20. Kelsey Tyler (NP)
Chesterton finishers: 51. Lindsey Nielsen (C) 20:22.1, 71. Josie Tolin
(C) 20:43.6, 74. Haley Cushway (C) 20:48.2, 83. Kaylee Slont (C) 20:55, 84.
Kassidy Scott (C) 20P:56.5, 103. Leah Sink (C) 21:14.6, 126. Erin Socha (C)