Heavy rain, rumbles
of thunders, and white streaks crackling in the sky.
Prairie Regional was one of those weather days when even a mailman might
have called off work.
cross country coach Maggie Wolgamot and the Trojans weren’t making excuses.
Far from it.
“We were excited
about the conditions,” Wolgamot said. “It’s fun. We mentioned to be carfeful
of slipping. We still have (semistate) obviously. We’ve practiced in these
conditions for 16, 20 weeks now, rain or shine. These are cross country
conditions. They love it. Let’s be hard core.”
been made in case a lightning strike caused a delay or interrupted a race. A
few bolts were spotted in the distance and a downpour hit as the lead girls
runners began to finish, at which point the judgement was made to not stop
"It made it
magical. It felt like a movie,” Wolgamot said. “They heard thunder. I know
they got nervous they were going to end it the last mile. We talked about
it. We had a coaches meeting ahead of time. They knew if they heard sirens,
what the protocol was, what they told us. It puts a little fire under your
butt to finish the race.”
by the skies opening, the Trojans put together another strong showing,
finishing second to Valparaiso. 35-48, to comfortably advance to the New
“I love seeing them
being fierce on the course,” Wolgamot said. “We practice that. To see them
apply it is awesome. One through five really bared their teeth. “
Shelby Bullock ran
a distant second to Valpo’s Ava Gilliana, crossing in 18 minutes, 45.1
seconds. Kara Krol gave Chesterton a big lift, taking fifth in 19:05.4.
“Kara had an
awesome showing,” Wolgamot said. “It’s her top performance of the season by
far. She just looked confident and strong. Shelby left it out there. We knew
it was good competition, it was going to be neck and neck. She left it on
Malackowski placed 10th (19:43.3) with Rachel Hoffmann 16th (20:00.3) and
Taylor Edwards, another frosh, 17th (20:01.5).
battling some setbacks,” Wolgamot said. “I knew she’s been frustrated. It
was probably her best showing of the year so far. It’s exciting in the
postseason to feel good.”
Peyton Westphal was
35th (21:18.5) and Elizabeth Canright 49th (22;10.8) to round out the
“You can’t predict
anything,” Wolgamot said. “Our focus is just fighting in every race, making
sure they leave it out there. Everyone’s not going to have the same outlook
on a race. As long as someone can step in when someone’s falling behind,
that’s the motivation.”
optimistic about Chesterton’s chances in the semistate.
“They just had a
great race,” she said. “We have to do the same thing next (time).”
1. Valparaiso, 35;
2. Chesterton, 48; 3. LaPorte, 57; 4. Portage, 135; 5. Rensselaer, 138; 6.
Morgan Twp., 146; 7. New Prairie, 191; 8. Kouts, 219; 9. Kankakee Valley,
230; 10. Knox, 286.
1. Ava Gilliana (V)
18:27.8, 2. Shelby Bullock (C) 18:45.1, 3. Logan Ferngren (V) 18:51.7, 4.
Shelby Riehle (LP) 18:53.1, 5. Kara Krol (C) 19:05.4, 6. Kat Shuble (LP)
19:11, 7. Morgan Fleming (R) 19:12.1, 8. Emily Worthington (V) 19:32.1, 9.
Hailey Orosz (Wheeler) 19:33.3, 10. Sarah Worthington (V) 19:38.4.
finishers: 11. Nalani Malackowski 19:43.3, 16. Rachel Hoffmann (C) 20:00.3,
17. Taylor Edwards (C) 20:01.5, 35. Peyton Westphal (C) 21:18.5, 49.
Elizabeth Canright (C) 22:10.8.