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CHS boys cross country starts tomorrow

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By TR HARLAN

Cross country runners are a tight knit group.

The Chesterton boys cross country team gets to finally compete as a group again as they head to Kesling Park tomorrow in LaPorte.

“Usually, cross country training is a carryover from the previous track season,” head coach Tim Ray said. “When the pandemic first hit, the kids were still in track mode and training every day on their own. Once the track season was officially canceled, as with most kids, they struggled a little bit.

“They have always enjoyed running and training together and when that was taken away, it was hard for them to stay motivated.”

Motivation shouldn’t be a problem for the duo of senior Matthew Streeter and junior Cole Dolson. They are ready to compete with the top runners in the area.

“Matthew and Cole are both looking to have a breakout year,” Ray said. “They were really solid for us last year and this year they are the top guys. Since the start of July, they have been working hard and we expect them to lead a relatively inexperienced team.”

The Trojans return only Streeter and Dolson from their top group last year, but a talented reserve team should provide the needed depth.

“The reserve team last year was very competitive and we have some guys from that core that could produce for us,” Ray said. “There are some really good teams around the area, but if we stay healthy and continue to put the work in, I feel this team can compete with anybody.”

That depth should come from seniors Josh Dennington, Lucas Vinet, Ethan Mohoi and Francis Fox. Junior Reece Erow and sophomores Josh Tuck and Jackson Tuck will also compete for spots. Freshman Evan O’Connor rounds out the top 10.

“They are really excited to start competing again,” Ray said. “We have had three meets already canceled so they are really looking forward to each meet. Just putting on the uniform again and running against other competitors is something they are not taking for granted and are very thankful to be able to do something they love again.”

 

Posted 8/21/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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