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Kintzele first and CHS Boys 2nd at cross country sectional

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When Jakob Kintzele says winning a Sectional isn’t a big deal, he’s not trying to demean the accomplishment. The Chesterton senior simply has bigger irons on the fire for his final cross country postseason.

“At Conference, I was going for time. Today, it was just go get a good, solid run in, not worry about place,” Kintzele said after winning Saturday’s New Prairie Sectional. “At the end of the day, winning a Sectional doesn’t really mean anything.”

Kintzele checked in at 15 minutes, 54.9 seconds, 12 ticks ahead of Valparaiso’s Collin Huber, for his first Sectional title.

“At the 4K, I was like, oh my God,” Kintzele said of the strong winds the runners encountered. “My time wasn’t as slow as it felt. It was close to what I ran at the (New Prairie) Invitational. It was a good effort. Obviously, Huber ran awesome, I could tell he was close. We stuck together (early). We wanted to go through the first K in a certain time and go from there.

“The team didn’t do too well, so maybe the plan backfired.”

Chesterton was second at 81, but a distant runner-up to Valparaiso (30).

“Jakob ran a really solid race. We were a little more conservative the first K,” Chesterton coach Tim Ray said. “We wanted to experiment with some things to prepare for future races, to continue building confidence. We face the exact same guys (in Regionals) with Morgan (Twp.) thrown in there. We’ll throw a tweak in here and there.”

The reviews were mixed for the rest of the Trojans.

Matthew Van Kley placed 13th (17:03.5) with Andrew Smenyak 19th (17:15.3) and Nathan O’Connor 20th (17:18.6). Kenny Erow rounded out the scoring in 28th (17:33.6). Ethan Contreras (40th, 17:59.3) and Dylan Draves 49th (18:46.7) followed.

“Matthew was really solid and Kenny, our No. 5, was really solid as well,” Ray said. “The others just need to start believing in themselves. It doesn’t matter how often I tell them who they have beaten. Their heads were already down after the first K. Pick your head up. You’re not in trouble. We’ve got guys who start to panic and others who are oblivious. They’re just out there racing.”

The Trojans return to New Prairie for the IHSAA Regional on Saturday.

“Keep confidence in what you have already done. You belong. That’s the battle with this group,” Ray said. “It’s a pretty simple formula. It’s all between the ears.”

ÊIHSAA Sectional


Team Results

1. Valparaiso, 30; 2. Chesterton, 81; 3. New Prairie, 108; 4. Portage, 115; 5. LaPorte, 122; 6. Wheeler, 188; 7. Washington Twp., 191; 8. Michigan City, 215; 9. South Central, 218; 10. Boone Grove, 254; 11. Michigan City Marquette, 271; 12. Westville, 366.

Individual ResultsÊ

1. Jakob Kintzele (C) 15:54.9, 2. Colin Huber (V) 16:06.9, 3. Loukas Karallas (MC) 16:23.8, 4. Carlos Martinez (V) 16:28.5, 5. Logan Tabor (SC) 16:32.1, 6. Nate Smith (V) 16:33.5, 7. Jack Acton (V) 16:39.2, 8. Kyle Gutierrez (P) 16:46.5, 9. Jarrod Mitchell (NP) 16:49.1, 10. Corbin Alexander (LP) 16:55.6.

Other Chesterton finishers: 13. Matthew Van Kley (C) 17:03.5, 19. Andrew Smenyak (C) 17:15.3, 20. Nathan O’Connor (C) 17:18.6, 28., Kenny Erow (C) 17:33.6, 40. Ethan Contreras (C) 17:59.3, 49. Dylan Draves (C) 18:46.7.



Posted 10/9/2017




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