Don't look now, but
with its combination of front runners and developing depth, Chesterton
girls cross country is establishing itself as the local
team to beat.
"I'm just as new to
it as them with being in the upper tier," Trojans coach Lindsey Moskalick
said after Saturday's unofficial win at the Bob Thomas Invite. "It was a
good step in the right direction. We had a really strong performance last
week at Marion. I think the girls are finally starting to believe this can
be a good season for them, believing in the training, believing in
themselves and running the best that they can. It's just getting their
confidence with each workout, each race. We can talk to them all day long
about how good they are, but until they believe it and start doing it, it's
a different game."
No trophies were
awarded, though scoring was kept and the Trojans checked in with 61 points,
followed by Wheeler (80) and Lake Central (94).
"At this point,
less is more as far as coaching goes," Moskalick said. "I'm proud of each
race we get, seeing how much we're improving and enjoying it while out
there. Every day's a blessing."
three in the top 10 with runner-up Bailey Ranta, Catherine White (eighth)
and Bree Gentry (ninth). Freshman Ciara Bonner was a strong fourth in 15th
with Alyssa Dunlap 27th.
"Bailey and Bre
have experience from last year, Catherine is starting to learn, and Ciara's
not too far behind Bree, and then Alyssa," Moskalick said. "Each race,
they're learning, trying to figure out, perfect their racing strategies so
when they get to the post-season and it really matters, they'll know what
they're doing when the gun goes off."
In the first
meeting of the area's top trio of individuals, Lowell's Karina James left no
questions, striding to the line in 18:27.6. Ranta was next at 18:43.8 with
Orosz third in 19:22.6.
"Bailey knows what
she wants to accomplish and knows the post-season is what she's really
focusing in on," Moskalick said. "I'm sure she took away some things she
learned from the race and will use them when we race Lowell and all the
other teams again."
Ranta had mixed
reviews on her performance.
"I was somewhat
pleased," she said. "I was kind of hoping I would be a little bit closer to
Karina. She's a really good competitor. She really pushes me. I hope I can
do better the next time. I knew she was going to (surge) at some point. I
kind of had the feeling she was going to do it at the two-mile. I was going
to prepare to go with her, but I should've had a closer distance between us.
I knew I had some energy left. I'm going to be more prepared (next time). I
know what I can do next week to improve. I just have to push myself harder."
1. Chesterton, 61;
2. Wheeler, 80; 3. Lake Central, 84; 4. Crown Point, 95; 5. Lowell, 104; 6.
LaPorte, 120; 7. Portage, 171; 8. Highland, 206; 9. Munster, 229.
1. Karina James
(LO), 18:27.6; 2. Bailey Ranta ©, 18:43.8; 3. Hailey Orosz (W), 19:22.6; 4.
Brenna Sobecki (LP), 19:39.9; 5. Ella Bensz (LP), 19:40.9.
finishers: 8. Catherine White, 19:50.6; 9. Bree Gentry, 20:10.3; 15. Ciara
Bonner, 20:31.8; 27. Alyssa Dunlap, 20:50.5; 31. Mckenna Handley, 21:10.2;
38. Liz Hibshman, 21:39.2; 45. Frances Clancy, 22:04.3; 46. Addison Leady,
22:05.3; 48. Nalani Malackowski, 22:07.3.
1 Lake Central, 40;
2. Chesterton, 44; 3. Crown Point, 60; 4. LaPorte, 72; 5. Highland, 177; 6.
Munster, 177; 7. Lowell, 182.
1 Isabelle Martisek
(LC), 21:53.1; 2. Marie Weber (LC), 21:54.3; 3. Allie Hopkins (CP), 21:55.4;
4. Madison Trumbo ©, 22:01.7; 5. Bella Smith, 22:10.3.
finishers: 6. Grace Carpenter, 22:17.9; 9. Emma Brown, 22:42.3; 20. Olivia
Kozak, 23:24.8; 25. Abri Rodriguez, 23:37.6; 27. Mal Morrison, 23:46.4; 29.
Coryn Rodriguez, 23:57.9; 31. Maddie Burns, 24:02.4; 32. Rachel Cohen,
24:05.2; 34. Kaitlyn Van Kley, 24:09.6; 37. Alissa Capehart, 24:21.5; 47.
Sydney Szabo, 24:48.6; 64. Justyne Phillips, 25:34.1; 70. Jordan Huneryager,
26:31.4; 71. Madison Wunderlin, 26:40.6; 72. Sophie Arthur, 26:41.8; 77.
Chloe Wisniewski, 27:48.6.