Semistate champ: Chesterton’s Adam Martin won the New Prairie Semistate,
finishing in a personal best 15 minutes and 42 seconds, which was two
seconds shy of the meet record.
(Tribune photo by Jimmy Kissee)
By JIMMY KISSEE
NEW CARLISLE - Adam Martin’s teammates made sure he won’t be running alone
in his bid for a state title.
Chesterton’s boys cross country team continued its remarkable run through
the postseason with all five runners posting personal bests, including
Martin taking the individual title two seconds shy of the meet record, for a
second place team finish at the New Prairie Semistate on a gloomy Saturday
afternoon at New Prairie High School.
The Trojans tallied 118 team points, which only trailed first place
Valparaiso (59). Duneland Athletic Conference foes Portage (3rd, 132) and
Crown Point (5th, 155) also qualified for Saturday’s state meet in Terre
Haute as did Andrean (4th, 136).
“It was real nice to win, but the highlight of the day was the team
qualifying,” said Martin, who surged to the finish in 15 minutes and 42
“The record was in the back of my mind, but most of all I was thinking about
me and six other guys going to state. That was the important thing even if I
had set the record. We’ve all worked so hard and really deserve this.”
Martin faced an early challenge from Lafayette Jeff’s Tito Medrano and Crown
Point’s Stephen Hein, but cruised alone down the final straightway.
“My hat goes off to Tito (Medrano) and Stephen (Hein),” Martin said. “Tito
made a move in the ravine and I decided to let him go. I am just glad my
strategy worked. I was able to battle back for the win.”
Hein ended up in second six seconds behind Martin, while Medrano was fifth
Martin added the wet track and mudd that accumulated from the constant
drizzle didn’t bother him a a bit.
“You learn to like what you’ve done well in,” he said. “I thought the
conditions were gorgeous today.”
Kevin Nuppnau (9th, 16:10), Tim Hennesy (12th, 16:14) and Billy Ryan (13th,
16:15) each finished in the top-15 to lead the Vikings to the team title.
After Martin for the Trojans it was Chester Vanek (16th, 16:33), Greg Osborn
(26th, 16:50), Russell Wilk (30th, 16:53) and Tim Carmody (45th, 17:11).
As for Saturday’s state championship race, Martin, who placed 21st in 16:33
last season, made no predictions, stating “I have a week to worry about
Boys Cross Country
New Prairie Semistate
At New Prairie High School
(Top 5 teams and 15 individuals qualify for the state finals Oct. 29 in
Team Scores - 1. Valparaiso 59; 2. CHESTERTON 118; 3. Portage 132; 4.
Andrean 136; 5. Crown Point 155; 6. Lafayette Jeff 171; 7. Lowell 222; 8.
Merrillville 239; 9. Munster 240; 10. LaPorte 244; 11. Harrison (West
Lafayette) 282; 12. Plymouth 297; 13. McCutcheon 300; 14. Michigan City 321;
15. Mishawaka 372; 16. Kankakee Valley 440; 17. West Lafayette 444; 18.
South Bend Riley 453; 19. South Bend St. Joseph’s 513; 20. South Bend Clay
Top 15 - 1. Adam Martin (C) 15:42; 2. Stephen Hein (CP) 15:48; 3. Greg
Strabavy (A) 15:53; 4. Phillip Heckhausen (Po) 16:00; 5. Tito Medrano (LJ)
16:02; 6. Joseph Stamper (Culver Military Academy) 16:02; 7. Andrew
Cleveland (L) 16:09; 8. Henry Lee III (Roosevelt) 16:09; 9. Kevin Nuppnau
(V) 16:10; 10. Anthony Hilb (L) 16:12; 11. Justin Floyd (Merr) 16:13; 12.
Tim Hennsey (V) 16:13; 13. Billy Ryan (V) 16:15; 14. Teddy Britton (H)
16:16; 15. Eddie Rico (Calumet) 16:19.
Other Trojan runners - 16. Chester Vanek 16:33; 26. Greg Osborn 16:50; 30.
Russell Wilk 16:53; 45. Tim Carmody 17:11.