The Chesterton boys
track team will try to build off of last year’s IHSAA Regional championship
as the 2014 outdoor season begins tonight against Highland.
“I think this team
will be a lot like last year’s,” Chesterton head coach TR Harlan said. “I
think our depth is improving, but our top line kids are as good as
returning crew are three members of last year’s runners-up in the 4x800
relay at the IHSAA State Finals in seniors Tyler Vore and Kevin Kenney,
along with junior Billy Biehl.
“All three of those
guys understand what their goals are and the work it takes to get there,”
Harlan said. “They’ve experienced the big stage before. Not only can they do
it as a group, they’ve got a chance to have a lot of success individually.”
Also returning is
senior Archie Sullivan who finished fifth in the 400 in the State Finals
wants the school record after being so close last year,” Harlan said.
“Archie has accomplished everything he’s set his mind to over the last three
years. I don’t expect that to change.”
In the field
events, senior Brett Lara returns after getting to the State Finals last
year and has already eclipsed 15-feet indoors.
Juniors Luke Cota,
Garrett Walker and Grant Polkinghorn will challenge for top spots in the
shot put and senior Cody Watson leads the discus crew.
In the long jump,
sophomore Nate Needham is the top returner for the Trojans to go along with
junior Tristan Engstrom.
A talented group of
freshmen will break into the lineup as the season begins including rookies
Darren Corzan and Philip Flores in the sprints. They will be joined by
juniors Tyler Gillespie and Sawyer Hallas.
Hayman and Skyler Lagneau, along with freshmen Rhett Rondinelli and Brett
Molnar and sophomores Alec Koscielniak and Marlon Williams will battle for
time in the lineup as well.
“I think we’ve got
a nice mix of kids in the sprints and mid-distance group that are working
hard,” Harlan said. “They’re getting better and I’m encouraged by the hard
work they are putting in every day.”