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CHS girls team, Bullock 2nd in cross country regional

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Heavy rain, rumbles of thunders, and white streaks crackling in the sky.

Saturday’s New Prairie Regional was one of those weather days when even a mailman might have called off work.

Chesterton girls 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.”

Preparations had 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 the race

"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.”

Possibly hastened by the skies opening, the Trojans put together another strong showing, finishing second to Valparaiso. 35-48, to comfortably advance to the New Prairie Semistate.

“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 the course.”

Freshman Nalani Malackowski placed 10th (19:43.3) with Rachel Hoffmann 16th (20:00.3) and Taylor Edwards, another frosh, 17th (20:01.5).

“Rachel’s been 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 Trojans lineup.

“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.”

Wolgamot is 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).”

IHSAA Regional


Team Results

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.

Individual Results

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.

Other Chesterton 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.



Posted 10/16/2017




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