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Kintzele wins Cross Country Regional, CHS boys team is 3rd

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Puddles, mud and wet grass caused by heavy rains made walking, let alone running, a risky proposition Saturday at the New Prairie Regional.

"Actually, in warmup, I slipped and fell,” Chesterton’s Jakob Kintzele said. “I’ve got some cuts on me.”

Fortunately for 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.”

Kintzele’s low 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 said.

After Kintzele, 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 Trojans lineup.

“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.”

Chesterton returns to New Prairie on Saturday for the Semistate.

IHSAA Regional


New Prairie Regional

Team Results

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.

Individual Results

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.

Other Chesterton 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.



Posted 10/16/2017




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