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Dimitri Nicholson and 2 relay teams earn Boys Track State Finals tickets

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By CJ PETERS

Outside of sprinter Dimitri Nicholson, Chesterton coach Bryan Nallenweg thought the top-seeded 3,200 relay team was the most likely to advance to the state meet.

The quartet of Matthew Van Kley, Kenny Erow, Will Shook and Matt Streeter lived up to their seed, too, clocking a first-place 8:01.39, easily besting their sectional time of 8:21.47.

“That’s always a great way to start off a regional meet because not only do you qualify and win, but it fires up everyone else on the team to wanna punch their own ticket,” Nallenweg said. “They ran their best time of the year by a lot. I thought that’s what they could do tonight and they showed up and now they get to run another week.”

It was one of two relay teams that advanced for the Trojans as JP Osafo anchored the 400 relay team of Nicholson, Colby Bullock and Patrick McLaughlin to a third-place finish in 42.91.

“They were seeded eighth based on the sectional time, but we knew all season that they were kind of in that top three or four in the area,” Nallenweg said. “We knew we had a chance to surprise some people out of lane eight and we did and I couldn’t be prouder of these guys. We still got a lot of work to do with handoffs and exchanges, but everything came together pretty well (Thursday) for them.”

The winner of the 100-meter dash in the Duneland Athletic Conference and sectional meets, Nicholson took third this time with a 10.98 and had the reaction of someone who didn’t qualify afterwards.

“It was not my best day, I don’t feel as good as I wanna be,” he said. “I felt myself give out a little bit in the 100 and was upset and thought I got like sixth or something. With everything that happened today, I’m so happy and extremely blessed to be moving on.

“My emotions got the best of me at first, but now that’s okay and everything calmed down. I can celebrate with my teammates who were out there helping me feel better the entire time.”

Nallenweg said they were on the fence about scratching Nicholson in the 200.

“If he were fresh in that 100 final, I think he would’ve been right up there with the top two guys,” Nallenweg said. “Like I told him, he got to state in his first year of running track and did it in the 100-meter dash in one of the toughest regionals in the state, in terms of sprints. That was all that mattered, that he got to state in the 100.”

After what Nicholson called a “relatively underwhelming day,” there was clear motivation in the relay for him.

“I knew I wasn’t gonna lose that one for my teammates, a state spot was on the line,” Nicholson said. “All my guys were hyping me up and we were just all ready to go. We knew we were better than the eight seed and knew if we could get out fast and our handoffs are okay that we’d make it. I was so happy seeing JP run across there in third.”

The first-year sprinter is ready for his next postseason experience.

“This whole postseason setup with sectionals, regionals, is something I’ve never experienced before but it’s been a cool experience to learn,” Nicholson said. “At state, that is gonna be the best of the best there. Indoor state meet was like my third meet ever and that was fun and now I get to go to the outdoor.

“Being my first year especially, I can’t wait. I wanna see what we can do.”

Chesterton was ninth overall with 32 points. Merrillville won the regional with 71.

“We (advanced) in just about everything we had expected to, if not maybe even a little bit more,” Nallenweg said. “I knew the 4x1 would be tough to get out so to get them out is even better. Collectively as a team, we ran about as well as we could have run.”

IHSAA Regional

AT VALPARAISO

Team Results

1. Merrillville, 71; 2. Portage, 53; 3. Lowell, 46; 4. (tie) Highland and Valparaiso, 39.5; 6. Crown Point, 38; 7. (tie) Andrean and Michigan City, 34; 9. Chesterton, 32; 10. Wheeler, 26; 11. LaPorte, 25; 12. EC Central, 24; 13. New Prairie, 23; 14. Boone Grove, 20; 15. Calumet, 19; 16. (tie) Hobart and Lake Central, 17; 18. North Newton, 10; 19. Gary West Side, 7; 20. (tie) Winamac, Hanover Central, Covenant Christian and Rensselaer Central, 6; 24. (tie) Bowman Academy and Kankakee Valley, 5; 26. (tie) Hebron and North Judson, 4; 28. Munster, 3; 29. Hammond Morton, 2; 30. (tie) Hammond Gavit and West Central, 1.

Individual Results

100 -- 1. Tyler Thomas (AN), 10.83; 2. DeVeyon Blacknell (ECC), 10.91; 3. Dimitri Nicholson (C), 10.98; 4. Jeremiah Howard (ME), 11.04; 5. Phillip Collins (CAL), 11.08; 6. Brae’ton Vann (BG), 11.10; 7. Jaivon Gordon (PO), 11.25; 8. Laymon Fly Jr. (MC), 18.92.

200 -- 1. Tyler Thomas (AN), 22.01; 2. Phillip Collins (CAL), 22.22; 3. Myles Sisco (PO), 22.39; 4. Devon Davis (ME), 22.54; 5. Quinten McToy (HI), 22.61; 6. Cleveland Neal (BA), 23.07; 7. Chaqwan Williams (CP), 23.20; 8. JP Osafo (C), 23.21; 9. Dimitri Nicholson (C), 23.02.

400 -- 1. Brett Otterbacher (V), 48.15; 2. Matthew Hanlon (CP), 48.17; 3. Ryan Farmer (LO), 49.68; 4. Chris Ray (ECC), 49.80; 5. Devante Clemons (HO), 49.85; 6. Jonathan Fry (V), 50.09; 7. DeMarge Jones (BA), 50.31; 8. Dominique Wood (ME), 50.42.

800 -- 1. Dustin Hudak (LO), 1:52.88; 2. Gabriel Sanchez (LO), 1:53.33; 3. Carson Bakker (CC), 1:53.35; 4. Tyler Puskar (V), 1:57.43; 5. Stan Zubek (BG), 1:58.12; 6. Isaac Beatty (LC), 2:01.01; 7. Que’Sean Mason (GWS), 2:01.47; 8. Jackson Lemmon (V), 2:02.82; 13. Matt Streeter (C), 2:04.18.

1600 -- 1. Jacob Corbett (NP), 4:17.09; 2. Lucas Guerra (HI), 4:17.79; 3. Gabriel Sanchez (LO), 4:22.30; 4. Cole Raymond (LP), 4:26.76; 5. Jordan Duggan (LC), 4:32.59; 6. Steven Franczak (WH), 4:34.72; 7. Benjamin Martin (LP), 4:38.01; 8. Bruce Leipart (HO), 4:38.86; 10. Matthew Van Kley (C), 4:43.62.

3200 -- 1. Jacob Corbett (NP), 9:30.85; 2. Mitchell Gits (LP), 9:31.18; 3. Lucas Guerra (Hi), 9:33.11; 4. Hudson Hall (WH), 9:35.73; 5. Will Shook (C), 9:46.83; 6. Quinton Bock (CP), 9:47.15; 7. Ryan Huggler (WIN), 9:54.14; 8. Thomas Elwood (PO), 9:55.23.

100 H -- 1. Cameron Williams (AN), 14.52; 2. Davin Latiker (ME), 14.75; 3. Trey Sebben (PO), 14.77; 4. Gabriel Garcia (CP), 15.08; 5. Jeremiah Williams (ME), 15.72; 6. Damon Edwards (GWS), 15.90; 7. Oluseyi Ogundipe (V), 16.39; 8. Michael Kottka (WC), 16.46; 9. Marc Nicholson (C), 16.28.

300 H -- 1. Trey Sebben (PO), 38.91; 2. Tylee Swopes (PO), 40.31; 3. Tyler Mason (HC), 40.37; 4. Gordon Suroviak (LC), 40.99; 5. Colton Reedy NJ), 41.30; 6. Colton Wright (KV), 41.47; 7. Damon Edwards (GWS), 41.66; 8. Robert Burch (C), 42.03.

4x100 -- 1. Merrillville, 42.34; 2. Portage, 42.55; 3. Chesterton (Dimitri Nicholson, JP Osafo, Colby Bullock, Patrick McLaughlin), 42.91; 4. East Chicago Central, 42.97; 5. Crown Point, 43.24; 6. Boone Grove, 43.26; 7. Calumet, 43.68; 8. Michigan City, 43.71.

4x400 -- 1. Lowell, 3:20.81; 2. Valparaiso, 3:20.84; 3. East Chicago Central, 3:21.29; 4. Calumet, 3:22.07; 5. Lake Central, 3:24.74; 6. Crown Point, 3:27.45; 7. Hammond Morton, 3:27.47; 8. Highland, 3:28.09; 10. Chesterton (Eric McLaughlin, Ben Slatcoff, Jacob Noel, Patrick McLaughlin), 3:28.47.

4x800 -- 1. Chesterton (Matthew Van Kley, Kenny Erow, Will Shook, Matt Streeter), 8:01.39; 2. Valparaiso, 8:03.24; 3. Merrillville, 8:04.59; 4. LaPorte, 8:07.20; 5. Hebron, 8:21.97; 6. Andrean, 8:25.79; 7. Hobart, 8:27.52; 8. Lowell, 8:31.45.

HJ -- 1. Bryce Catherman (WH), 6-4.5; 2. Thad Martz (WH), 6-4.5; 3. Elijah Kosiba (RC), 6-4.5; 4. Evan Nelson (LP), 6-4.5; 5. Tylee Williams (ME), 6-3; 6. Jordan Anderson (V), 6-2; 7. William Morinville (HI), 6-2; 8. Jake Oostman (CP), 6-2.

PV -- 1. Riley Johnston (HO), 15-0; 2. Jeremiah Williams (ME), 14-0; 3. Evan Blech (CP), 13-4; 4. Jaylen Glass (ME), 13-0; 5. Justin Robinson (CP), 13-0; 6. Dalton Thomas (NP), 12-6; 7. Andrew Kirincic (KV), 12-6; 8. Joe Brown (LC), 12-0; 9. Vince Raffin (C), 12-0.

LJ -- 1. Ben Vanderwall (NN), 23-1.75; 2. Quitnen McToy (HI), 22-7; 3. Brandon Ferguson (BG), 22-1.5; 4. Kejuan Rufus (MC), 22-0.25; 5. Armani Glass (ME), 22-0; 6. Jawanza Williams (ME), 21-11.75; 7. Jake Oostman (CP), 21-5.75; 8. Jerry Burnham (HG), 21-5.5.

SP -- 1. Ryan Stefanko (MC), 55-5.25; 2. Martes Lewis (ME), 55-4.25; 3. Brandon English (PO), 55-4; 4. Justin Wozniak (MC), 50-3; 5. Luke Wilkening (BG), 49-2; 6. Charley Bernth (C), 48-9.5; 7. Christian Rios (HI), 48-3.5; 8. Jaylen Matthews (AN), 47-6.75.

DIS -- 1. Justin Wozniak (MC), 167-7; 2. Christian Rios (HI), 157-2; 3. Aaron Parrett (PO), 150-11; 4. Alexander Juszczak (LO), 149-4; 5. Austin Brandt (WIN), 148-1; 6. Tyler Reyna (MU), 147-11; 7. Ryan Stefanko (MC), 143-1; 8. Charley Bernth (C), 141 -2.

 

 

Posted 5/24/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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