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Kintzele second; Trojan Boys cross country qualifies for State Finals

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NEW CARLISLE -- For the second year in a row, coach Tim Ray and the Chesterton boys cross country sat nervously in the New Prairie gymnasium balcony waiting for the announcement of the semistate race results.

For the second year in a row, the announcement brought a sigh of relief and an exclamation of joy.

“Four, five years ago, we were out of it,"Ę Ray said of the anxiety. “This is better than knowing we’re not in it.”

As it turned out, the only drama was the official word of the scores as the Trojans finished comfortably ahead of Morgan Township (240) with 194 points for the sixth and final state finals berth.

"We’ve been on the other side of those things,” Ray said. “I’m happy for our guys. By the same token, we see Morgan every week at Sunset (Hills County Park). They’re a good team. They may have had a bad day. All we can control is what we do. I thought it could be anywhere from sixth to eighth. We knew we were in the hunt. At the end of the day, as long as you do the best you can do, that’s all you can hope for.”

Chesterton finished behind the Cherokees in the Regional, but were ahead of them at all five scoring positions in the semistate.

“We knew we just had to run a solid race, not anything spectacular,” Ray said.

It started, as usual, with Jakob Kintzele, who was runner-up to Lowell’s Alec Fleming in 15 minutes, 31.2 seconds.

“We told the rest of them, having a low stick going into the race should give you confidence,” Ray said. “It takes pressure off of you.”

Kintzele led early on before Fleming took over on the back half.

“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised with the result,” Kintzele said. “Once again, I had a faster time on the course so I can’t be unhappy with that. Maybe it wasn’t as good as I expected. Ideally, we would have gotten out a little faster. I had to lead and there was a big gap. He kept pulling away and I kept responding until I couldn’t anymore. Regardless, (state) will be a really good race for me and hopefully for him, too.”

Nathan O’Connor (34th, 16:34.4), Andrew Smenyak (49th, 16:50.5) and Matthew Van Kley (54th, 16:55.3) followed for the Trojans O’Connor’s time was a personal best by 20 seconds. Kenny Erow (94th, 17:27.5) completed Chesterton’s scoring. Kyler Haynes (149th, 18:21.3) and Dylan Draves (152nd, 18:27.5) rounded out the lineup.

“Our normal No. 2 (Smenyak) has been battling a lack of self confidence,” Ray said. “He battled it. He hadn’t before. We took a little more conservative approach and we squeaked by. Our three, four have been so solid all year. Kenny also ran pretty well. He was up there watching last year.”

Lowell repeated as team champion with a score of 80, followed by Valparaiso (91), West Lafayette (126), Crown Point (140), McCutcheon (172) and the Trojans. All qualify for Saturday’s state finals meet at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute. The boys race is at noon Region time.

IHSAA Semistate


Team Results

1. Lowell, 80; 2. Valparaiso, 91; 3. West Lafayette, 126; 4. Crown Point, 140; 5. McCutcheon, 172; 6. Chesterton, 194; 7. Morgan Twp., 240; 8. Warsaw, 249; 9. West Lafayette Harrison, 257; 10. Lake Central, 263; 11. New Prairie, 264; 12. Highland, 300; 13. Hobart, 309; 14. Culver Academies, 336; 15. Portage, 350; 16. Fountain Central, 412; 17. Crawfordsville, 434; 18. Caston, 455; 19. Plymouth, 479; 20. Manchester, 578.

Individual Results

1. Alec Fleming (Low) 15:25.6, 2. Jakob Kintzele (Ches) 15:31.2, 3. William Persin (Mc) 15:43.3, 4. Collin Huber (Val) 15:46.5, 5. Mitchell Rans (Cas) 15:50.8, 6. Gabe Sanchez (Low) 15:52.7, 7. Isaiah Robyne (WL) 15:53.6, 8. William White (Harr) 15;54.6, 9. Aaron Kamstra (CP) 15:58.2, 10. Thomas Rohr (Rochester) 15:59.3.

Other Chesterton finishers: 34. Nathan O’Connor (Ch) 16:34.4, 49. Andrew Smenyak (C) 16:50.5, 54. Matthew Van Kley (C) 16:55.3, 94. Kenny Erow (C) 17:27.5, 149. Kyler Haynes (C) 18:21.3, 152. Dylan Draves (C) 18:27.5.


Posted 10/23/2017




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