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CHS Girls XC falls just short of State berth

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As they announce the standings at the New Prairie Semistate, the teams are counted down in reverse order, starting with 20th place.

Schools sitting on the bubble hold hands in a circle, their palms sweating, heart rates rising and mouth’s drying as the number gets down inside the final 10, inching toward the six spots that qualify for the cross country state finals in Terre Haute.

When the name of the seventh-place finisher is read aloud, one team's spirits sink while others rejoice, knowing they made it.

Chesterton found itself on the sad side of that scenario Saturday, standing on the outside looking in with 202 points, 13 behind sixth-place Lowell.

"Going into it, we knew about 11 teams were going for six positions," Trojans coach Lindsay Moskalick said. "Semistate is all about who shows up that day, when it matters most. The team that finished third (Harrison), no one was really expecting them. They came up and good for them. That's how the post-season is."

After placing second to Valparaiso among Duneland Conference teams most of the season, Chesterton found itself behind runner-Valparaiso (115), Portage (fourth, 171) and Lake Central (fifth, 185). West Lafayette was fifth with 99.

"Overall, I thought we looked good," Mokalick said. "We had some spots we could have improved upon. That's racing. It takes seven people to make it work and if one has an off day, the other six have to step up. Unfortunately, it wasn't our day. A couple girls were off. When a meet is that close, it's enough to put you on the other side."

Bailey Ranta (11th, 19:11.6) earned an individual state berth. Ashley Craycraft (22nd, 19:31.5), one of four seniors in the lineup, just missed joining Ranta, crossing 2.9 seconds back of the last qualifying spot.

"I thought today was a good day for her," Moskalick said of Ranta. "I've told her all season long I thought there was more in her. It comes down to her confidence in herself and her believing she can do this. It's something she has to continue to work on and hopefully it shows up at state and we'll go from there."

The falloff from there for the Trojans was too much to overcome with Bree Gentry 62nd (20:32), Kaitlyn

VanKley 71st (20:37.1) and Kaitlynn Leady 78th (20:44.2). Libby Boster finished 91st (20:57.2) and Peyton Westphal 114th (21:29.5).

Lowell's Karina James led the field in 17:53.4, followed by Valpo's Ava Gilliana (18:38).

IHSAA Semistate


Team Results

1. West Lafayette 93, 2. Valparaiso 115, 3. Harrison (West Lafayette) 162, 4. Portage 171, 5. Lake Central 185, 6. Lowell 189, 7. Chesterton 202, 8. Warsaw 212, 9. Crown Point 240, 10. Rochester 263, 11. Culver Academy 271, 12. Wheeler 343, 13. Benton Central 350, 14. Rensselaer 371, 15. Highland 381, 16. Munster 398, 17. Seeger 398, 18. Maconaquah 433, 19. McCutcheon 444, 20. Manchester 455.

Individual Results

1. Karina James (L) 17:53.4, 2. Ava Gilliana (V) 18:38, 2. Madilyn Calloway (Ro) 18:51.6, 4. Hailey Orosz

(Wh) 19:01.5, 5. Mallory Hiatt (Ro) 19:03.5, 6. Haley Mansfield (WL) 19:04.9, 7. Hannah Roth (LC) 19:06,

8. Caroline Jordan (WL) 19:08, 9. Jaelyn Burgos (CP) 19:09.2, 10. Jennifer Romero (S) 19:09.5.

Chesterton finishers: 11. Bailey Ranta 19:11.6, 22. Ashley Craycraft 19:31.5, 62. Bree Gentry 20:32, 71. Kaitlyn VanKley 20:37.1, 78. Kaitlynn Leady 20:44.2, 91. Libby Boster 20:57.2, 114. Peyton Westphal 21:29.5.



Posted 10/28/2019




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