Puddles, mud and
wet grass caused by heavy rains made walking, let alone running, a risky
proposition Saturday at the New Prairie Regional.
warmup, I slipped and fell,” Chesterton’s Jakob Kintzele said. “I’ve got
some cuts on me.”
Kintzele, his footing issues were limited to before the race. It was
relatively smooth sailing for the Trojan senior after the starting gun went
off as he sailed to a victory in 15 minutes, 39.9 seconds, over 21 ticks
ahead of runner-up Collin Huber of Valparaiso.
“I made sure I was
really careful. There was no reason to run really fast through a turn and
wipe out,” said Kintzele, who raised a C for Chesterton as he reached the
chute. “It was just a really good effort. I felt really good despite the
conditions. A day like today, it’s totally mental. Conditions can either
hurt you or help you. I did make sure I got out so I could have some
mobility in the turns. Days like this, you have to get out fast. Guys who
got out fast did well and guys who got caught behind didn’t do as well. That
was the theme of the day.”
The Regional title
was Kintzele’s first on the heels of his first Sectional and Duneland
Athletic Conference championships.
“He was solid
again,” Trojans coach Tim Ray said. “The early rounds of the tournament,
that’s our goal, to be consistent, stay healthy, stay confident, building on
the confidence I think he already has. I think he did that. You get in an
environment like this, obviously the weather can play havoc, but he didn’t
seem to let it bother him. It’s get out, get in good position, get where
you’re supposed to be, and he did that.”
score paced Chesterton’s third-place finish behind Valparaiso (29) and
Morgan Township (79) with 100.
“Overall, not bad,
not as well as we’d hoped, but by the same token, at this point in the
season, we’re not going to beat Valpo. They’re way ahead, That’s fine,” Ray
Nathan O’Connor (19th, 16:53.7) and Matthew VanKley (20th, 16;55.7) checked
in next with Andrew Smenyak 25th (17:15.2) and Kyler Haynes 35th (17:45.2).
Dylan Draves (52nd, 18:01.5) and Will Shook (56th, 18:10.6) completed the
“Nathan and Matthew
ran well. They had a solid race,” Ray said. “Andrew was sixth, seventh with
about 1,200 meters left, but for whatever reason, faded quite a bit. We held
some guys out to look at some other guys on the course. Our five, six, seven
ran solid as well. It’s survive and advance and on to (the) next (race), get
some confidence. It may not have been our best race, but it was a step in
the right direction.”
to New Prairie on Saturday for the Semistate.
AT NEW PRAIRIE
1. Valparaiso, 29;
2. Morgan Twp., 79; 3. Chesterton, 100; 4. New Prairie, 114; 5. Portage,
118; 6. LaPorte, 125; 7. Kankakee Valley, 158; 8. Kouts, 193; 9. Knox, 290;
10. North Judson, 303.
1. Jakob Kintzele
(C) 15:39.9, 2. Collin Huber (V) 16:01.6, 3. Trevor Braden (MT) 16:10.5, 4.
Nathaniel Smith (V) 16:16.6, 5. Luke Lemmons (MT) 16:19.7, 6. Carlos
Martinez (V) 16:24.4, 7. Loukas Karallas (Michigan City) 16:25.3, 8. Logan
Tabor (South Central) 16:29.1, 9. Jarrod Michael (NP) 16:30.4, 10. Jack
Acton (V) 16:33.1.
finishers: 22. Nathan O’Connor 16:53.7, 24. Matthew Van Kley 16:55.7, 25.
Andrew Smenyak 17:15.2, 5. Kyler Haynes (C) 17:45.2, 52. Dylan Draves (C)
18:01.5, 56. Will Shook (C) 18:10.6.