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CHS Girls XC finishes 8th at New Prairie Invite

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The Duneland Athletic Conference girls cross country race is wide open this season, with as many as six teams -- LaPorte, Portage, Lake Central, Valparaiso, Chesterton and Crown Point -- staking a legitimate claim to title contention.

"It's really packed," Trojans coach Brian Carden said. "LaPorte's beaten us three times and it's been fairly close every time."

Chesterton found itself at the back end of the Duneland jumble at Saturday's New Prairie Invitational, scoring 232 points to finish eighth, behind LaPorte (137), Portage (138), Lake Central (157) and Valparaiso (214) and just ahead of Crown Point (232).

"I hope this lights a little fire," Carden said. "We kind of lost track of the teams we were racing. Portage was up there and we didn't know where they were. They ran a great race. LaPorte's got that one-two punch. We've got to be conscious of the teams we're racing against."

Freshman Lindsey Nielsen led the Trojans, finishing 37th in 20:26.4. Only 30 seconds separated Chesterton's top five with Kassidy Scott (44th, 20:41.6), Haley Cushway (47th, 20:47.8), Erin Socha (49th, 20:49.1) and Kaylee Slont (55th, 20:56.9).

Josie Tolin, who has been slowed by a nagging back that's cost her some workouts, placed 69th (21:12.4) with Leah Sink 96th (21:58.3).

"Lindsey's starting to realize she can run with these girls," Carden said. "Overall, it was a decent race. It's kind of the same talk we have every year. We've got a nice pack and if we can move up 30 seconds, we'll see where we're at. I know we can do it. We've just got to keep improving. Our goal was to race the second half, coming off the hill, and we did for the most part. Most of them did the best they could. We're still not set on our top five."

Penn claimed the team title with 93 points. LaPorte's Elena Lancioni was individual champion, overtaking Penn's Maddie Woods in the last mile to win going away in 18:09.7

"There are three parts to the season," Carden said. "You've got the beginning, where they're just getting their feet wet, trying to figure out the top five. New Prairie's kind of the start of the end of the season, where you start to see where things are at. Then there's the post-season, when you want to be on your best. We're not there yet, but I'm hoping we're moving in the right direction."

New Prairie Invitational


Class AAA

Team Results

1. Penn 93, 2. LaPorte 137, 3. Portage 138, 4. Northridge 142, 5. Lake Central 157, 6. Fremont 181, 7. Valparaiso 214, 8. Chesterton 232, 9. Crown Point 233, 10. Hobart 249, 11. Warsaw 299, 12. South Bend Adams 301, 13. Harrison (West Lafayette) 339, 14. Mishawaka 344, 15. Munster 349, 16. Elkhart Memorial 385, 17. Concord 391, 18. East Noble 440, 19. Merrillville 565, 20. Lowell 597, 21. McCutcheon 611, 22. Logansport 623, 23. Elkhart Central 630, 24. Marion 642, 25. South Bend Riley 730, 26. Michigan City 749.

Individual Results

1. Elena Lancioni (LP) 18:09.7, 2. Maddie Woods (Pe) 18:25.1, 3. Abigail Hostetler (F) 18:36.7, 4. Danielle Frank (Pen) 18:47.8, 5. Sierra (Brooke) Moore (EM) 19:00.5, 6. Kailee Schoof (LP) 19:12, 7. Megan Zajac (LC) 19:12.8, 8. Celena Guerrero (H) 19:18.5, 9. Alexia Zawadzke (EN) 19:20.9, 10. McKenzie Love (N) 19:22.6, 11. Allison Miller (W) 19:23.4, 12. Katie Culler (F) 19:25.2, 13. Kayla McGurk (CP) 19:30.3, 14. Olivia Johnson (Ha) 19:31.1, 15. Lauren Pottschmidt (Pe) 19:32.2, 16. Sarah Hunsley (LC) 19:36.8, 17. Alison Mundell (V) 19:39, 18. Emma Jankowski (Pe) 19:44, 19. Michaela Gazdich (V) 19:48.9, 20. Olivia Gooden (N) 19:49.6.

Chesterton finishers: 37. Lindsey Nielsen (C) 20:26.4, 44. Kassidy Scott (C) 20:41.6, 47. Haley Cushway (C) 20:47.8, 49. Erin Socha (C) 20:49.1, 55. Kaylee Slont (C) 20:56.9, 69. Josie Tolin (C) 21:12.4, 96. Leah Sink (C) 21:58.3.



Posted 9/23/2013