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Trojan Boys sprint to regional track title

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For all of his dominance in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, which Braden Corzan has now won in the Duneland Athletic Conference championship, the Portage Sectional and the Valparaiso Regional, the Chesterton junior's best race may well be the 400, an event he's rarely run outside of a relay.

He showed it Thursday, his electric 47.6-second (hand-held time) split in the 1,600 relay rallying the Trojans from sixth place to second to put an exclamation on a big night at Viking Field.

"I was hoping for a miracle and we got it," teammate EJ Biokoro said. "I was like, are you kidding me? To have somebody like that on our team is unbelievable."

Biokoro, typcally the anchor, moved to the lead leg with Corzan moving to the fourth spot. In between, Darren Corzan stepped into the second slot -- he'd never run the 400 before -- replacing Louie Razo, who tweaked his ankle on his winning long jump.

"Darren ran an unbelievable leg," coach Bryan Nallenweg said. "We asked him like 20 minutes before the race. We knew Braden would get us close because he's a competitor. That was one of the best legs I've seen in a long time."

It was a tall order after Biokoro's exchange to Darren Corzan didn't go well and Chesterton lost ground.

"The handoff between me and Darren was scary," Biokoro said.

Braden Corzan passed three runners in the final 150 and four in all.

"I knew I was in sixth, but I wasn't thinking what place I was in," Corzan said. "I just focused on getting behind the next guy and waiting it out. Once I hit the turn, it was just doing what I normally do, bounce it out and go as fast as I can. When I realized how much I was catching up, I was thinking about catching Crown Point and winning it all. I amazed myself. I can't believe I fought for something that hard."

Corzan edged Wheeler's Jesiah Lee, 10.99-11.06, in the 100, and went one-two with Biokoro in the 200, clocking a personal-best 22.32.

"In the 100, honestly, I was a little freaked out," Corzan said. "(Lake Central's Tony) Pavloski ran a 10.85 in the sectional and I've never run that fast. (The 200 time) made me feel pretty good, especially how far ahead I was."

Biokoro, the Corzans and Razo took the 400 relay in 42.01, Biokoro once again overtaking Portage's Greg Milledge in the final straightaway.

"How Braden did it, that's how I feel," Biokoro said. "The feeling when you're chasing someone, it pushes you. The regional championship in the four by one and going one-two in the 200, I couldn't ask for more."

Razo took the long jump at 22-7 3/4, returning for the finals after the 400 relay. He scratched, went ahead on his second leap and let it stand after turning his ankle.

"The first jump was like the one that won, but I scratched," Razo said. "Coach told me to relax and just scoot back that much. It worked. I feel like the adrenaline just took over. Since I had the four by one, I was loosened up and I had nine minutes to catch my breath. I had an idea where I was, but I didn't really want to know because I didn't want to think about a certain distance. From seeeing that guys were getting pretty far, I knew I needed a big jump."

Chesterton's other big points came from some expected and unexpected sources. Jakob Kintzele was second in the 3,200 and Ben Raffin tied for third in the pole vault. Seventh-seeded James Van Drie surged to third in the discus finals with a throw of 150-1. Andrew Smenyak placed fifth in the 1,600.

"Everybody did exactly what we thought they'd do, what they've been doing all season," Nallenweg said. "Everybody else was getting spread out and our top-end guys were still getting big points. It was a great performance all around."

The Trojans scored 87.5 points with Crown Point second at 77 and Portage (69.5) third. Merrillville (52) and Valpo (49) rounded out the top five. The title was Chesterton's fourth, the others coming in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

IHSAA Regional

AT VALPARAISO

Team Results

1. Chesterton, 87.5; 2. Crown Point, 77; 3. Portage, 69.5; 4. Merrillville, 52; 5. Valparaiso, 49; 6. Lake Central, 45; 7. Lowell, 37; 8. Hobart, 32; 9. Michigan City, 30; 10. Wheeler, 24; 11. LaPorte, 22; 12. Morgan Twp., 19; 13. (tie) Andrean and Calumet, 14; 15. Munster, 13; 16. Winamac, 11; 17. (tie) Rensselaer Central and Kankakee Valley, 4; 19. (tie) Kouts, Hammond, Hammond Gavit and Highland, 3; 23. (tie) Covenant Christian, Hanover Central and Knox, 2; 26. (tie) Boone Grove and North Newton, 1.

Individual Results

(STATE QUALIFIERS IN CAPS)

100 -- 1. BRADEN CORZAN ©, 10.99; 2. JESIAH LEE (WHE), 11.06; 3. ANTONIO PAVLOSKI (LC), 11.09; 4. Darren Corzan ©, 11.14; 5. Tyler Thomas (AND), 11.36; 6. Zachary Stewart (CP), 11.43; 7. David O’Toole (CP), 11.49; 8. Kejuan Thomas (MER), 11.63.

200 -- 1. BRADEN CORZAN ©, 21.92; 2. EJ BIOKORO (CHE), 22.32; 3. ANTONIO PAVLOSKI (LC), 22.45; 4. Jesiah Lee (WHE), 22.57; 5. Brett Lemmons (MTWP), 22.61; 6. Kejuan Thomas (MER), 22.82; 7. Thomas Jackson (CAL), 23.18; 8. Angel Sanchez (POR), 23.23.

400 -- 1. BRETT LEMMONS (MTWP), 49.37; 2. MATT HANLON (CP), 49.42; 3. MATT MARCUS (MUN), 49.76; 4. Darryl Robinson (MER), 50.72; 5. James Spikes (CAL), 51.05; 6. Joshua Bohling (LAP), 51.28; 7. Kooper Broeker (KNOX), 51.31; 8. Devante Clemons (HOB), 51.50; 14. Luke Villarreal ©, 53.10.

800 -- 1. JACOB ADAMS (MC), 1:54.60; 2. CARLOS MARTINEZ (VAL), 1:56.80; 3. BRANDON WILL (POR), 1:57.00; 4. Aaron Kamstra (CP), 1:57.11; 5. Caleb Chapman (LOW), 1:57.48; 6. Shamar Hale (HAM), 2:00.01; 7. Loukas Karallas (MC), 2:02.32; 8. Daniel Rockley (KV), 2:02.35; 11. Drew Berry ©, 2:05.55.

1600 -- 1. DILLON QUINONES (POR), 4:23.75; 2. JOSH WHITAKER (CP), 4:24.96; 3. DAKOTA MERKEL (LAP), 4:25.30; 4. Caleb Chapman (LOW), 4:27.41; 5. Andrew Smenyak ©, 4:30.34; 6. Cameron Chapman (MTWP), 4:32.31; 7. Carson Bakker (CC), 4:32.57; 8. Adam Joseph (LOW), 4:33.04.

3200 -- 1. ALEC FLEMING (LOW), 9:13.60; 2. JAKOB KINTZELE ©, 9:16.86; 3. HUNTER BOYER (LOW), 9:22.45; 4. Antonio Chapa (POR), 9:27.81; 5. George Christofanelli (CP), 9:28.55; 6. Zach McDaniel ©, 9:39.93; 7. Trevor Braden (MTWP), 9:44.11; 8. Noah Scherf (MC), 9:45.40.

110 H -- 1. DAVEON FINLEY (POR), 14.31; 2. CAMERON WILLIAMS (AND), 15.27; 3. KULLEN PARKS (VAL), 15.43; 4. Courtlin Kelly (VAL), 15.59; 5. Omena Onamakpome (HOB), 15.63; 6. Gabriel Garcia (CP), 15.77; 7. Antonio Kneeland (MER), 15.86; 8. Brody Brumm (WIN), 16.04; 9. Ryan Harmon ©, 15.89.

300 H -- 1. KAYLIN BROOKSHIRE (MER), 39.82; 2. RYAN STEDER (LAP), 40.24; 3. KULLEN PARKS (VAL), 40.37; 4. Armon Williams (POR), 40.39; 5. Chaz Sales (MER), 40.40; 6. Eric Salzeider (MUN), 40.42; 7. Donovin Moran (HC), 40.59; 8. Shadoe Beard (NN), 40.96.

4x100 -- 1. CHESTERTON (EJ BIOKORO, BRADEN CORZAN, DARREN CORZAN, LOUIE RAZO), 42.01; 2. PORTAGE, 42.26; 3. LAKE CNETRAL, 42.75; 4. Hobart, 43.34; 5. Crown Point, 43.58; 6. Lowell, 44.04; 7. Andrean, 44.30; 8. Boone Grove, 44.51.

4x400 -- 1. CROWN POINT, 3:23.10; 2. CHESTERTON (EJ BIOKORO, BRADEN CORZAN, DARREN CORZAN, LUKE VILLAREAL), 3:23.98; 3. MERRILLVILLE, 3:24.49; 4. Lake Central, 3:25.17; 5. Munster, 3:25.63; 6. Portage, 3:27.51; 7. Valparaiso, 3:27.93; 8. LaPorte, 3:29.52.

4x800 -- 1. CROWN POINT, 8:01.41; 2. LOWELL, 8:05.15; 3. VALPARAISO, 8:11.02; 4. Michigan City, 8:13.16; 5. Hobart, 8:16.89; 6. Portage, 8:18.72; 7. Lake Central, 8:26.22; 8. LaPorte, 8:28.52.

HJ -- 1. SHANE MCCORMICK (CP), 6-4; 2. KEYSHAWN MCGILL (MC), 6-4; 3. JORDAN ANDERSON (VAL), 6-2; 4. Ben Zirkle (CP, 6-2; 5. Jack Davis (LC), 6-2; 6. Jake Stewart (KOU), 6-1; 7. Landon Balch (RC), 6-1; 8. Thad Martz (WHE), 6-1.

PV -- 1. WILLIAM WILLIAMSON (WIN), 16-2 (MEET RECORD); 2. DEVIN JAREMCZUK (VAL), 13-6; 3. (TIE) BEN RAFFIN © and JACOB BONDON (POR), 13-6; 5. James Henrich III (MC), 13-0; 6. Gabriel Yanked (LAP), 13-0; 7. Nicholas Schoonveld (KV), 12-6; 8. Austin Atkins (CP), 12-6.

LJ -- 1. LOUIE RAZO ©, 22-7.75; 2. THOMAS JACKSON (CAL), 22-3.5; 3. T’CORI LEWIS (POR), 22-2.75; 4. Justus Alexander (MER), 22-1; 5. Nick Ryan (CP), 22-0.5; 6. Armon Williams (POR), 21-11.75; 7. Griffin Jelenski (VAL), 21-9.5; 8. Noah McClellan (LC), 20-11.5.

SP -- 1. ALFRED STUBBS (MER), 57-9; 2. NICHOLAS RAY (HOB), 55-8.5; 3. BRETT NORTON (MER), 53-6; 4. Michael Taylor (LC), 52-1; 5. Nicholas Johnson (POR), 50-2; 6. Aavery Poelinitz (HIGH), 50-1.5; 7. Michael Dahlkamp (LC), 49-8.5; 8. Dominic Padlo (WHE), 48-7.

DIS -- 1. NICHOLAS RAY (HOB), 171-0; 2. MICHAEL TAYLOR (LC), 152-0; 3. JAMES VAN DRIE ©, 150-1; 4. Derek Bertucci (WHE), 145-8; 5. Dominic Padlo (WHE), 144-2; 6. Kevin Heard (HG), 142-3; 7. Luke Branson (RC), 137-8; 8. Lucas Bohannon (KV), 137-4.

 

Posted 5/26/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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