The Chesterton girls track team finished third in the Duneland Athletic
Conference last season, but that’s not quite good enough for coach Steve
“I think we should be first or second in the DAC, but I’m always
optimistic,” Kearney said. “I think we can do it. We’ll have to work really
hard and have some things fall into place. Why not us?”
The Trojans will feature an interesting mix of veterans and newcomers that
should prove to give Chesterton a lot of depth.
“For dual meets you need depth to be successful,” Kearney said. “We’ve got a
lot of events that we can score in and in big meets, I think we can score in
a lot of places too.”
The Trojans should score some points in some places they haven’t in the past
“I don’t remember the last time I said this, but our best event might be the
hurdles,” Kearney said. “We’ve got a lot of returning talent and added a
girl (Stephanie Fisher) who could be as good as anyone in the area.
Predicting things can be scary sometimes, but I expect to score a lot of
Chesterton will also turn to senior Katie Behrendt for points. Behrendt will
continue to run the 200, 400 and 4x400, while also adding the long jump to
her event list.
“With Katie, we’ve added another event with the long jump,” Kearney said.
“We always know what we are going to get with her. She’s very talented and
works really hard.”
The sprints should also be a strength for the Trojans with the return of
junior Anna Raffin, sophomore Ari Mahaffey and senior Catherine Pannekoek.
“Anna looks really good and Catherine is getting faster,” Kearney said. “The
freshmen with Kristen (Mabry) and Jordyn (Kincy) will help. Claire Brady and
Bridget Brendza will work their way in there too.”
In the distance group, sophomore Melanie Buckmaster, along with seniors Tori
Schroeder and Kim St. Pierre return as does junior Linda Graff and sophomore
Rosie Biehl. Freshmen Haley Cushway and Kristin Homme have also added to
themselves to the group.
“I would say our distance crew is every bit as good as last year or better,”
Kearney said. “Our top kid may not be quite as good, but top to bottom we
are much deeper and faster. We you have more kids working, they push each
other. We have some upperclassmen that are really working at it and now they
have some younger kids pushing them.”
After a successful indoor season, Kearney can’t help but be encouraged by
the team’s newcomers.
“We’re not surprised by them, just pleased,” Kearney said. “You hear about
kids having skills, but that only gets you so far. You don’t hear about
their work ethic growing up, but its really good. Their work ethic is even
bigger than their skill level.”
In the field events, the Trojans return top thrower Carolyn Wheeler along
with high jumper Elaina Gerlach.