finally feels completely in charge of the Chesterton girls cross country
After taking over
the reins midway through last year, Moskalick and the Trojans have had an
entire summer to get ready for Saturday’s season opening NIC Stomp.
“I’m super excited
to be with the girls this season,” Moskalick said. “We’ve been together all
summer and I know they’ve been training the way they need to. I think people
are underestimating us.”
The Trojans have a
clear frontrunner in sophomore Bailey Ranta. Ranta finished sixth at last
year’s Cross Country State Finals and was 10th in the 3200 at the Track
“Bailey had a great
cross country and track season last year as a freshman, but she’s still just
a sophomore,” Moskalick said. “She’s still learning and this year she has to
learn how to do strategy and set her up for the post-season.”
Moskalick can throw names in a hat.
“I don’t think I
can list a top seven right now,” Moskalick said. “I have about 15 girls that
could play a factor at some point for us this year.”
Craycraft, Kayla Kirchner and Peyton Westphal could figure into the mix,
while juniors Nalani Malackowski and Francis Clancy are also battling for
Gentry has also joined the group.
“Our depth is
huge,” Moskalick said. “You never know what is going to happen during the
season and we’ve got a lot of people competing for spots.”
Boster and Kaitlyn Leady, along with sophomore Liz Hibshman and freshman
Grace Carpenter also may crack the lineup.
experience being the top team and flying under the radar,” Moskalick said.
“Anything can happen. If we keep working hard, there is no limit for us.”