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CHS Boys rebound roll to title at New Prairie

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Somewhere between its win in the New Prairie Invitational and its distant third-place finish in the Duneland Athletic Conference likely resides the real Chesterton boys cross country team.

Based on Saturday's impressive performance at the New Prairie Sectional, where the Trojans posted a modest 25 points, that spot may be closer to the latter than the former.

“Last week was just a reality check,” Trojans coach Tim Ray said. “We had to come down to earth. It told us, even on our best day, we're not going to be able to beat Crown Point and Lake Central. They're just so much better than we are, but we can't lose focus on what we can do. Let's just try to get better this week and I thought we did. We knew it was going to be a battle with Portage, Valpo and LaPorte. They were getting closer to us last week. We were trying to build our confidence back up that we can get in the top six in two weeks and go from there. It started with being a little better prepared."

Runner-up Matt Streeter (16:56.7) paced the Chesterton resurgence that earned the program's first DAC title since 2009. It also marked the first time both the girls and the boys won on the same day.

"I'm happy for our two seniors, especially Matthew, after he didn't make all-conference," Ray said. "It's been a long time since we've been able to say we won a sectional championship."

Streeter edged Valpo's Joel Bryant for second with Trojan Jackson Tuck fourth, crossing shoulder to shoulder with Cole Dolson, both at 17:01.4. Evan O'Connor (17:03.5) was sixth and Josh Dennington (17:07.7) eighth as just over six seconds separated the second through fifth runners for Chesterton.

"I think we're just focused on the now," Streeter said. "After DAC, OK, it's going to be difficult to beat Lake Central and Crown Point, so it's just focusing on doing the best we can, having the race we know we should have and preparing ourselves for next week. We don't forget what happened in the past, but we don't let the highs get too high or the lows too low. Especially after COVID, not knowing how far the season was going to get, if we were even going to have our first meet, now getting to have a post-season race and topping it off with a win, it's fun. We've got a trophy to put in the trophy case."

While he relished the chase of Raymond, Streeter was sure not to get caught up in his pace.

"It's fun running with him," he said. "Everybody knows Cole's going to go out fast. I just ran the race I knew I should to help the team."

Josh Tuck (15th, 17:41.6) and Reece Erow (35th, 18:23.3) completed the Chesterton lineup.

Valpo was a distant second with 69 points. The remaining three qualifying teams were LaPorte (101), New Prairie (108) and Portage (120).

Chesterton will host the regional at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

IHSAA Sectional


Team Results

1. Chesterton, 25; 2. Valparaiso, 69; 3. LaPorte, 101; 4. New Prairie, 108; 5. Portage, 120; 6. Wheeler, 175; 7. Boone Grove, 186; 8. South Central, 190; 9. Washington Twp., 223; 10. Michigan City, 301.

Individual Results

1. Cole Raymond (LP), 16:37.6; 2. Matthew Streeter ©, 16:56.7; 3. Joel Bryant (V), 16:59.6; 4. Jackson Tuck ©, 17:01.4; 5. Cole Dolson ©, 17:01.4.

Other Chesterton finishers: 6. Evan O’Connor, 17:03.5; 8. Josh Dennington, 17:07.7; 15. Josh Tuck, 17:41.6; 35. Reece Erow ©, 18:23.3.



Posted 10/12/2020




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