cross country team adopted the simple yet profound mantra for the
post-season earlier this month after its clunker at the Duneland Athletic
“You’re not going
to walk in and have anybody ever hand you anything,” Trojans coach Tim Ray
said. “In anything, cross country, whatever, you’ve got to keep working at
it. You have to go make it happen. You have to go run the race and live with
Looking every bit
the team that won the New Prairie Invitational in mid-September, as opposed
to the DAC version, Chesterton stood atop the field in Saturday’s semistate
on the very same course, posting 92 points to ease past Warsaw (118) and
Crown Point (119) for its first title since 2009 and third in program
"We did the win at
New Prairie Invitational in mid-season,” Ray said. “Crown Point’s a really
good team. It was a telling point, a confidence boost that we could be
pretty good, that we could battle to be in the top six here. If we give it
our best, we’ll be all right and if things fall into place, we’ll have a
shot to win. It was just a solid race. The message was we don’t need to do
anything out of ordinary. We’ve talked all year, just do what we’ve done the
entire year, be ready to go, and we were. At conference, we were up tight.
We just have to try to relax, and we were able to bounce back.”
What figured to be
a coin flip finish took a turn Chesterton’s way when Crown Point’s Anthony
Saberniak, a fifth-place finisher in the C.P. Regional, lost a spike in the
first 300 meters and ran the remaining 4,700 with just one shoe.
“That could’ve been
a 40-point swing, if he’s up where he’s usually at,” Bulldogs coach Erik
Forehand said. “We were really going for the win. (Chesterton) raced
extremely well and deserves all the credit. Their top five was straight up
better than ours. Even if (Saberniak) has his shoe and a great race, they
C.P. had Quinton
Bock surge late to finish second behind runaway winner Lucas Guerra, who
defended his title with a personal-best time of 15:26.7. Chesterton was led
by Matthew Streeter in fourth (16:15.8)
“I couldn’t be
happier for a kid,” Ray said. “He had astress fracture his freshman year and
was out seven months. He was banged up his junior year, but he had a
successful track season (as a sophomore) and that carried over into cross
country last year. We came out cautious with him, but he had a good
semistate and he’s put together a solid season.”
Streeter has also
suffered from shin splints and didn’t run as a junior until the conference
meet due to a stress reaction.
“It’s a great
feeling,” he said. “I haven’t felt something like this since track my
sophomore year, when our four-by-eight (relay) won the regional. I had some
hardships, some races I didn’t run, but I feel like everything came
together. We like to race following people rather than having a target on
us. We were confident, we just ran the race we needed to run, and the team
was able to pull it off.”
Cole Dolson was
15th (16:32.6) and Josh Dennington 21st (16:39.2) with freshman Evan
O’Connor 35th (16:53.4) and Jackson Tuck 41st (16:58.6). Josh Tuck (54th,
17:11.7) and Reece Erow (104th, 17:47.6) capped the Trojans lineup.
“Our pack did what
it’s done all year,” Ray said. “Evan and the two Tucks ran together well.
They weren’t with our No. 3, but they didn’t panic. That’s the last thing
you want to do. Just stay smooth, stay the course and grind it out.”
Lake Central (165),
Western (178) and Munster (222) also qualified for State Saturday in Terre
AT NEW PRAIRIE
1. Chesterton, 92;
2. Warsaw, 118; 3. Crown Point, 119; 4. Lake Central 165; 5. Western, 178;
6. Munster, 222; 7. West Lafayette Harrison, 242; 8. Valparaiso, 244; 9.
LaPorte, 252; 10. Hanover Central, 289; 11. West Lafayette, 310; 12. Morgan
Twp., 323; 13. Illiana Christian, 324; 14. New Prairie, 333; 15. Plymouth,
335; 16. Culver Academy, 344; 17. McCutcheon, 366; 18. Lafayette Jefferson,
397; 19. Rossville, 413; 20. Manchester, 523.
1. Lucas Guerra
(Highland), 15:26.7; 2. Quinton Bock (Crown Point), 16:09.4; 3. Cole Raymond
(LaPorte), 16:13.6; 4. Matthew Streeter (CHS), 16:15.8; 5. Brayden Cumutt
finishers: 15. Cole Dolson, 16:32.6; 21. Josh Dennington, 16:39.2; 35. Evan
O’Connor, 16:53.4; 41. Jackson Tuck, 16:58.6; 54. Josh Tuck, 17:11.7; 104.
Reece Erow, 17:47.6.