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Chesterton Girls Cross Country breaks State drought

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NEW CARLISLE -- It’s been a while, seven years to be exact.

The Chesterton girls cross country team has made the annual pilgrimage to the New Prairie Semistate, only to have its season end a week shy of the ultimate goal, the state finals.

There have been near misses and times when it wasn’t that close.

It wasn’t close this time either and that was a good thing. The Trojans comfortably broke the state drought, claiming the sixth and final berth with 164 points, well ahead of seventh-place Lake Central (257).

"I’m pretty excited. I know they’re excited,” Chesterton coach Maggie Wolgamot said. “Days like today, it’s hard to eliminate the feeling of pressure, but they managed it well. We knew it would be a battle. It’s a totally different race. We try to be mentally prepared for the chaos. The only thing that shocked some of them was the first mile. It was fast, but they ran great. They left it out there. They gave it all they had. They did what they had to do to survive and move forward.”

As has become the formula, the Trojans prevailed with a balanced effort behind lead runner Shelby Bullock, who finished sixth in 18 minutes, 32.9 seconds. Lowell’s Jordyn Boyer won in 17:58.7.

“Shelby ran out front really strong,” Wolgamot said.

Kara Krol was 37th (19:46.9), followed by Nalani Malackowski (42nd, 19:53.9), with Rachel Hoffmann (44th, 19:54.7) turning in the race of the day among the Chesterton ranks. Taylor Edwards was 67th (20:18.4). Rebecca White (106th, 21:04.7) and Elizabeth Canright (138th, 21:45.4) completed the Trojans lineup.

“Rachel really stepped up,” Wolgamot said. “She was two seconds off her PR (at regionals) and was our fourth (runner). Today, she ran up with our third and our second. She picked up a lot of points. That really made a huge difference. We had a good pack, two, three, four. Taylor had a solid showing.”

Wolgamot was happy with how the freshmen, Malackowski and Edwards, responded to the race.

“They’re in this situation for the first time, experiencing this type of race, I’m proud of how they did,” she said. “They react to my voice. I tell them they have to go and they’re sprinting. I love how coachable they are. Honestly, they’re close friends. They support each other. They give high fives before the race. A coach can do their best, but that camaraderie is ultimately up to them.”

Chesterton will run in the state finals Saturday at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course. The girls race is at 12:45 p.m. Region time.

“(Semistate) is a week where sometimes you back off and feel flat and sometimes you do great,” Wolgamot said. “We had a combination of both. It’s ironic because we were awesome (at regionals) and we didn’t back off. It’s promising for a good showing (at State). We’ve got some extra wiggle room.”

IHSAA Semistate

AT NEW PRAIRIE

Team Results

1. Valparaiso, 72; 2. Lowell, 116; 3. West Lafayette, 138; 4. LaPorte, 143; 5. Crown Point, 164; 6. Chesterton, 164; 7. Lake Central, 257; 8. Twin Lakes, 259; 9. Warsaw, 264; 10. Munster, 296; 11. Rensselaer, 296; 12. Hobart, 327; 13. McCutcheon, 331; 14. Benton Cenral, 343; 15. West Lafayette Harrison, 346; 16. Rochester, 267; 17. Maconaquah, 382; 18. Portage, 292; 19. Culver Academies, 471; 20. Western, 551.

Individual Results

1. Jordyn Boyer (Low) 17:58.7, 2. Ava Gilliana (Val) 18:13.4, 3. Mia Beckham* (War) 18:20.2, 4. Maggie Gutwein (TL) 18:28.2, 5. Logan Ferngren (Val) 18:28.9, 6. Shelby Bullock (Ches) 18:32.9, 7. Hannah Wylie (CP) 18:40.6, 8. Maddie Russin (CP) 18:47.3, 9. Katerina Shuble (LP) 18:47.4, 10. Miah Martin (Cass) 18:54.2.

Other Chesterton finishers: 37. Kara Krol (C) 19:46.9, 42. Nalani Malackowski (C) 19:53.9, 44. Rachel Hoffmann (C ) 19:54.7, 67. Taylor Edwards (C) 20:18.4, 106. Rebecca White (C) 21:04.7, 138. Elizabeth Canright (C) 21:45.4.

 

 

Posted 10/23/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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