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Trojan Boys make it happen at Semistate

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By JIM PETERS

Make it happen.”

Chesterton’s boys cross country team adopted the simple yet profound mantra for the post-season earlier this month after its clunker at the Duneland Athletic Conference meet.

“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 the results.”

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 history.

"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 still win.”

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 Haute.

IHSAA Semistate

AT NEW PRAIRIE

Team Results

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.

Individual Results

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 (Western), 16:17.4.

Other Chesterton 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.

 

 

Posted 10/26/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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