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Chesterton Girls cross country 10th at State Finals

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While there was a sense of finality for the Chesterton girls cross country team at Saturday’s state championship race at the Lavern Gibson Cross County Championship Course in Terre Haute, there was also an exciting sense of beginning.

Led by freshman Bailey Ranta’s impressive top 20 finish, the Trojans took 10th place in the team standings as coach Lindsay Moskalick wrapped up her first season back at her alma mater.

Ranta finished in 16th place with a time of 18:52.0, exceeding Moskalick’s expectations.

“The goal for me was that I wanted Bailey to crack the top 35 and to have a chance at being the top freshman,” Moskalick said. “I’m still learning about her a little bit. She kept moving up and she went hard as she moved her way through the field.”

Ranta did in fact earn the highest finish of any freshman in the state field, edging out Munster’s Hannah Robbins by less than two seconds for that distinction. Ranta was elated with her performance on Saturday, but remained humble as the torch has been seemingly passed to the young runner.

“I’m really excited right now,” Ranta said. “All of this is because of my teammates and all the support they’ve given me. I just want to thank my teammates and my coaches for everything that helped me today.”

Shelby Bullock battled through an injury and was one of three seniors to run the final race of her career on Saturday as Bullock finished in 48th place with a time of 19:22.9. The Purdue-bound runner, who has paced the Trojans throughout the season, couldn’t shake a lower back injury that has kept her limited throughout the postseason.

“It was really hard, but I knew it was my last race and even though I’m not happy with the outcome today, I knew I did what I could,” Bullock said. “I knew the adrenaline would kick in. I wanted to get (the injury) out of my mind.”

As painful as Bullock’s back may have been by the end of the race, she couldn’t help but smile when she started talking about Ranta’s performance.

“I’m excited for her,” Bullock said. “She’s a freshman and we talked before the race about not having to put too much pressure on and just go enjoy the race. She did a great job.”

Bullock wasn’t the only senior to run her final race as Kara Krol and Rebecca White also wrapped up their cross country careers. Krol finished in the top 100 with a time of 19:56.9 while White crossed the finish line in 22:20.4.

The youth movement is apparently on for the Trojans as Ranta led a trio of underclassmen on Saturday. Sophomore Nalani Malackowski finished in 20:11.9 and freshman Bree Gentry finished just outside Chesterton’s top five runners with a time of 21:37.7. Moskalick was thrilled with the way Saturday unfolded and for the future of the program.

“This is total motivation for these girls,” Moskalick said. “With me coming in as the coach in mid-August, I’m excited to be able to have a full year with them. We’re only going to get better.”

Boys Cross Country

Chesterton senior Nathan O’Connor was the lone Trojan boys runner to compete on Saturday and he finished in 135th place with a time of 17:23.7.

“Nathan ran a race with no regrets,” Chesterton head coach Tim Ray said. “He was in the top 40 with 400 to go and his body started to shut down. He battled his way to the finish line just the way he has run his entire career.

“He embodies what it means to be a distance runner at CHS.”

IHSAA State Finals

AT TERRE HAUTE

Team Results

1. FW Carroll, 85; 2. Zionsville, 149; 3. West Lafayette, 176; 4. Carmel, 235; 5. Hamilton Southeastern, 235; 6. FW Bishop Dwenger, 253; 7. Fishers, 261; 8. Indpls. Brebeuf, 268; 9. Noblesville, 307; 10. Chesterton, 314; 11. Floyd Central, 322; 12. Franklin Central, 326; 13. Valparaiso, 328; 14. Lowell, 353; 15. Homestead, 361; 16. Bloomington North, 361; 17. Indpls. Pike, 363; 18. Penn, 410; 19. Bloomington South, 446; 20. Columbus North, 447; 21. Warsaw, 449; 22. Crown Point, 464; 23. Evansville Memorial, 496; 24. Edgewood, 500.

Individual Results

1. Emma Wilson (Greencastle), 17:53.9; 2. Erin Strzelecki (FW Bishop Dwenger), 18:00.6; 3. Annalyssa Crain (Edgewood), 18:18.6; 4. Kayla McCulloch (East Noble), 18:20.8; 5. Meagan Hathaway (FW Carroll), 18:30.2; 6. Monroe Fruchey (FW Carroll), 18:30.5; 7. Morgan Dyer (Elkhart Memorial), 18:32.8; 8. Jordyn Boyer (Lowell), 18:34.2; 9. Abigail Green (FW Carroll), 18:34.7; 10. Lulu Black (Hamilton Southeastern), 18:37.5.

Chesterton finishers: 16. Bailey Ranta, 18:52.0; 48. Shelby Bullock, 19:22.9; 96. Kara Krol, 19:56.9; 114. Nalani Malackowski, 20:11.9; 161. Ashley Craycraft, 21:01.1; 188. Bree Gentry, 21:37.7; 203. Rebecca White, 22:20.4.

 

Posted 10/29/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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