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CHS girls cross country begins at NIC Stomp

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Lindsay Moskalick finally feels completely in charge of the Chesterton girls cross country program.

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 State Finals.

“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.”

After that, 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.”

Seniors Ashley Craycraft, Kayla Kirchner and Peyton Westphal could figure into the mix, while juniors Nalani Malackowski and Francis Clancy are also battling for top spots.

Sophomore Bree 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.”

Seniors Libby Boster and Kaitlyn Leady, along with sophomore Liz Hibshman and freshman Grace Carpenter also may crack the lineup.

“I’ve had 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.”


Posted 8/23/2019




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