There have been years when the Chesterton Sectional was a formality for the
Trojans boys cross country teams, an assumed step in the process.
This isn't one of the those years and this isn't one of those teams.
Chesterton needed to perform well enough in Tuesday's Sectional to ensure
itself of another race, which it did, placing fourth at Sunset Hill Farm
"Right now, they're running to the best of their abilities, doing as well as
they can, which is all you can ask of a group," Trojans coach Tim Ray said.
"You can't sit and pinpoint, we should've done this or that. You just remind
them of everything they've done for, in some cases, four years, where they
were and how far they've come, and continue moving forward in a positive
light. We're talking about some guys who ran 23-minute 5Ks as freshman and
now they're running 16:50 as seniors."
Chesterton put three runners in the top 20, led by Andrew Kearney (11th,
16:24.1). Kevin Kenney finished 13th (16:33.6) and Mitch Wilborn 19th
"Andrew ran a good race, something we’ve been waiting for, for a while," Ray
said. "Mitch, again, had another solid race. He keeps getting better. I'm
sure there were places where guys could've done a little better, but for the
most part, they all ran as well as they could."
Evan Mazurkiewicz (29th, 17:23.2) and Alex Genetski (31st, 17:26.7)
completed the Trojans' top five, with Tyler Vore (39th, 17:54.1) and Parker
Whitmore (44th, 18:27.1) also running.
Valparaiso put seven runners in the top 10 to post 24 points, plenty good
enough to defend its title. Portage was second with 88. Wheeler and
Chesterton each scored 103, with the Bearcats getting third on a better
sixth-man finish. LaPorte (108) was the final regional qualifier.
"Sure, everybody's ultimate goal is to get to the state finals, but here's a
group of kids who have to base their success differently," Ray said. "You
have to keep things in perspective. We just wanted to start by getting out
Valparaiso's Peyton Reed won the race in 15:35.9.
AT SUNSET HILL
FARM COUNTY PARK
(Top five teams
and 15 individuals advance to Saturday's New Prairie Regional)
1. Valparaiso 24, 2. Portage 88, 3. Wheeler 103, 4. Chesterton 103, 5.
LaPorte 108, 6. New Prairie 122, 7. Michigan City 216, 8. Washington
Township 275, 9. South Central 279, 10. Boone Grove 297, 11. Westville 314,
12. Lake Station 337.
1. Peyton Reed (V) 15:35.9, 2. Anthony Didion (LP) 15;47.1, 3. Taylor
Bisacchi (V) 15;50.6, 4. Nickolas Arndt (NP) 16:01.1, 5. Ari Coulopoulos (V)
16:04.8, 6. Joel O'Shea (Wh) 16:10.6, 7. Landon Davison (V) 16:16.6, 8.
Andrew Lyp (V) 16:17.1, 9. Xavier Reed (V) 16:20.6, 10. Pat Dalton (V)
16:23.6, 11. Andrew Kearney (C) 16:24.1, 12. Dustin Balboa (P) 16:27.1, 13.
Kevin Kenney (C) 16:33.6, 14. David Kampf (NP) 16:36.6, 15. Jon Hogg (BG)
16:41.2, 16. Anthony Best (P) 16:41.6, 17. Tommy Martin (P) 16:45.1, 18.
Alex Nader (Wh) 16:45.6, 19. Mitch Wilborn (C) 16:49.8, 20. David Clegg (P)
finishers: 29. Evan Mazurkiewicz 17:23.2, 31. Alex Genetski 17:26.7, 39.
Tyler Vore 17:54.1, 44. Parker Whitmore 18:27.1.