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Trojan Boys XC rolls through Regional

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Going well back into the pre-season, Tim Ray had a firm handle on the fragility of fall sports as it navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.

The themes of staying in the moment and seizing each day have remained from the start.

"We're not promised tomorrow," Ray said, noting how the Lake Central volleyball team was depleted in the sectional due to virus quarantines and lost. "We've told the kids every day. "Amongst the chaos of all day every day, we wanted to put our best foot forward, and I we thought did. We're heading into (semistate) with our goal in mind, a chance to qualify for state. We wanted to be confident going in that we can get out, and we established that."

The Trojans breezed to the regional title with 36 points, comfortably in front of runner-up LaPorte (87).

"It was really a solid performance by the entire group," Ray said. "It was Matthew (Streeter)'s last 'home' race at Chesterton, and it was nice to see him go out on a positive note. This was big for him. He's had some expectations on his shoulders. Conference was a disappointment for him, but he learned from that and bounced back the last two weeks and put together two solid races. It's been a real confidence boost."

Streeter was runner-up the second Saturday in a row, catching a better glimpse of LaPorte's Cole Raymond this time. Raymond finished in 16:17.2. Streeter followed in 16:22.8.

"It's exciting, 20 seconds last week, six seconds this week," Streeter said. "It doesn't ultimately matter, as far as the team, but the season is headed in the right direction."

Chesterton put all seven runners in the top 25 with Cole Dolson (fourth, 16:34), Josh Dennington (eighth, 16:53.2) and Evan O'Connor (10th, 16:54) all in the top 10. Jackson Tuck (12th, 16:56) completed the Trojans scoring, with Reece Erow 24th (17:34), just ahead of Max Welbourne (17:34.5).

"We executed the race plan," Streeter said. "We ran together confidently. We controlled our race. We didn't let the pace get taken from us. We wanted to do our own thing and it worked out. We all race better when we're together. It's something we wanted to try and it worked. It helped me and it helped everybody. We were solid. I wouldn't grade it an A-plus or even an A race. Overall, it was just an OK race."

The remaining qualifying teams were Morgan Township (91), Valparaiso (93) and New Prairie (120).

IHSAA Regional


Team Results

1. Chesterton, 36; 2. LaPorte, 87; 3. Morgan Twp., 91; 4. Valparaiso, 93; 5. New Prairie, 120; 6. Portage, 131; 7. Kankakee Valley, 174; 8. Rensselaer Central, 220; 9. South Newton, 254; 10. Knox, 289.

Individual Results

1. Cole Raymond (LaPorte), 16:17.2; 2. Matthew Streeter (CHS), 16:22.8; 3. Joshua Baltes (New Prairie), 16:32.8; 4. Cole Dolson (CHS), 16:34.0; 5. Tyler Hackey (Washington Twp.), 16:34.6.

Other Chesterton finishers: 9. Josh Dennington, 16:53.2; 11. Evan O’Connor, 16:54.0; 13. Jackson Tuck, 16:56.0; 28. Reece Erow, 17:34.0; 30. Max Welbourne, 17:34.5.


Posted 10/19/2020




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