It's not just about winning titles for the Chesterton boys cross country
Each meet has its purpose as it fits into the grand scheme, a.k.a. the Oct.
31 state finals.
So while the Trojans breezed to repeat team honors Saturday morning at the
New Prairie Regional, posting just 25 points to runner-up LaPorte's 80,
coach Tim Ray was again looking at the performance as it fit into the big
"It's still a regional championship," Ray said. "But we're so focused on the
next two weekends, everything from here on out is preparation for that."
With five runners in the top 11, headed by race winner David Osborn, the
Trojans left little suspense. Then again, Ray hinted it could've been even
"It was a solid effort," Ray said. "But we didn't do some of the things I'd
hoped we'd have done. I'd liked to have seen us compete a little more the
last K. We were like, well, we're where we should be. We were a little too
complacent. We have to learn to continue to attack, to pass people,
no matter where a race is. We have to know that every single place is going
to count next weekend and the weekend after that. We can't have people
passing us. We're going to have our work cut out for us."
In contrast to Tuesday's sectional run, when Osborn went out hard, he ran a
more modest start, working with his teammates in the early going.
"We wanted to bring the back of the pack up a little closer," Osborn said.
"It's one of those little pieces we have to put together for the team and
this race was one time we could do it. It feels great to go out with the
team. It feels better than going out by myself."
Osborn still pulled away after the 2K mark to win in 15:53.8, 26.5 seconds
ahead of Kouts' Jake Carden.
"Coming back the last half, I didn't kill myself," Osborn said. "I pushed,
but I kept it even, comfortable."
Ryan Cutter placed third at 16:12.7, with Jon Rogers (16:21.5) fifth and
Shane Kenney (16:22.9) sixth. Andrew Morris completed the Chesterton scoring
in 11th at 16:35.2. Manny Orlich (17th, 17:02.1) and Thomas Halpin (43rd,
18:00.7) rounded out the Trojan contingent.
"The way we approached it, it was a separate entity from the sectional
championship," Ray said. "We packed up a little more than we had in the
past. We wanted to try to go out a certain pace, a little more controlled,
bring our guys up a little more, run hard the second half of the race and
see how it panned out. We put a little more leadership on David's shoulders
the middle part of the race."
Chesterton returns to New Prairie on Saturday for the semistate and a berth
in the state finals.
"We have to take our little mistakes and factor them into what we do next
week and two weeks from now," Osborn said.
(Top 5 teams and
15 individuals qualify
for the New
1. Chesterton 25, 2. LaPorte 80, 3. Valparaiso 97, 4. Rensselaer 108, 5. New
Prairie 122, 6. Portage 159, 7. Kouts 167, 8. Hebron 195, 9. Kankakee Valley
197, 10. West Central 275.
1. David Osborn (C) 15:53.8, 2. Jake Carden (K) 16:10.3, 3. Ryan Cutter (C)
16:12.7, 4. Blake Lawson (NP) 16:20.2, 5. Jon Rogers (C) 16:21.5, 6. Shane
Kenney (C) 16:22.9, 7. James Elia (V) 16:24.1, 8. Mike Fauser (Boone Grove)
16:29.7, 9. Mitch Hubner (L) 16:30.0, 10. Dustin Schultz (KV) 16:30.5, 11.
Andrew Morris (C) 16:35.2, 12. Trent Nagel (R) 16:49.0, 13. Justin Miller
(L) 16:49.8, 14. Josh Hojnacki (L) 16:54.1, 15. Patrick Massoels (R)
16:54.4, 16. Corey Dowds (R) 16:56.8, 17. Manny Orlich (C) 17:02.1, 18.
Austin Alcorn (L) 17:03.1, 19. Michael Bobos (V) 17:04.5, 20. Jasen Egolf
Other Chesterton finishers: 47. Thomas Halpin 18:00.7.