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Trojan Girls settle for sixth at DAC XC Meet

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At this point in the season, with a growing importance to each meet, Chesterton girls cross country coach Brian Carden is still waiting, though he knows time is of the essence.

"We still need to get our face in there a little more," Carden said after Saturday's Duneland Athletic Conference Championships. "I'm not worried about the times as much as I am staying in contact with the race a little better, competing. If we do that, the times will drop and we'll do better. We've got to quit being content."

The Trojans finished sixth with 126 points, well off the pace of first-time champion LaPorte (48), Portage (49) and Lake Central (75). Defending champion Valpo (92) was fourth and Crown Point (101) fifth.

"We knew it would be tough," Carden said. "It's conference. You try to get fired up for it, but the other teams are definitely fired up, too. We had a nice bunch, but we need to move up about 30 seconds. Our top two were OK, but we don't have that low number. They definitely ran better than (at Culver Academy). We showed improvement, and that's the direction we've got to go."

Freshman Lindsey Nielsen led the Trojans, finishing 16th in 20:24.7, followed by Haley Cushway (20:26.3).

"We were hoping to sneak them in to all-conference, but it didn't happen," Carden said.

Erin Socha placed 28th (20:52.7), Josie Tolin 32nd (21:03.4) and Kaylee Slont 33rd (21:06.2) to complete Chesterton's top five. Kassidy Scott came in 37th (21:46.6), just ahead of Kelly Arlow (21:48.2). Leah Sink was runner-up in the JV race with a time (20:56.1) that would've put her fourth for Chesterton in the varsity race.

"Leah's slowly bouncing back," Carden said. "She'll be there in the post-season. We were playing around with the lineup a little bit."

Chesterton's next race will be the Oct. 16 sectional at Sunset Hill Farm.

"Itíll be tough advancing," Carden said. "We don't have the luxury of saying we'll be in the top three. We're probably four or five, which should be OK all the way to semistate. We've still got a few weeks to do some things."

LaPorte's Elena Lancioni became the first girl to win three DAC titles, cruising to a 37-second victory in 18:38.2.

Girls Cross Country

Duneland Athletic Conference Championship


Team Results

1. LaPorte 48, 2. Portage 49, 3. Lake Central 75, 4. Valparaiso 92, 5. Crown Point 101, 6. Chesterton 126, 7. Merrillville 212, . Michigan City 239.

Individual Results

1. Elena Lancioni (LP) 18:38.2, 2. Kayla McGurk (CP) 19:05.3, 3. Kailee Schoof (LP) 19:18.3, 4. Michaela Gazdich (V) 19:22.2, 5. Sarah Hunsley (LC) 19:26.5, 6. Rebecca Timm (P) 19:40.2, 7. Alison Mundell (V) 19:52.9, 8. Kyra Ball (P) 19:54.9, 9. Megan Zajac (LC) 19:58.7, 10. Haley Orshonsky (P) 19:59.2, 11. Kristin Cave (LP) 19:59.4, 12. Rhyan Sloan (P) 20:07.8, 13. Paige Pizer (P) 20:12.6, 14. Erin Reynolds (P) 20:15.5, 15. Marie Didion (LP) 20:24.6, 16. Lindsey Nielsen (C) 20:24.7, 17. Haley Cushway (C) 20:26.3, 18. Alyssa Gerick (LP) 20:27.4, 19. Jade Tazbir (LC) 20:29.5, 20. Sydney Vandersteeg (LC) 20:33.5.

Other Chesterton finishers: 28. Erin Socha (C) 20:52.7, 32. Josie Tolin (C) 21:03.4, 33. Kaylee Slont (C) 21:06.2, 37. Kassidy Scott (C) 21:46.6, 38. Kelly Arlow (C) 21:48.2.



Posted 10/7/2013