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Trojan Girls XC struggles at State

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Some days, you're the pigeon, and some days, you're the statue, as the old saying goes.

After a season in which Chesterton was the bird almost every Saturday, the Trojans were the monument in Saturday's state meet.

“That's running for ya,” coach Lindsay Moskalick said. “When that gun goes off, you never know how your team's going to do. It's a roll of the dice and the dice was not in our favor today.”

The top team in the area all season and the New Prairie Semistate champions, Chesterton was 20th of the 24 teams at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course, scoring 444 points. Valparaiso was the top local team, placing eighth (276), with Wheeler 18th (420) and Lake Central 23rd (468).

"We were hoping to crack into the top 10, maybe close to the top five, being semistate champs, but you learn how important all seven is," Moskalick said. "It's not just always about the top five. Everyone's got to come through and run their best and unfortunately it didn't happen for us."

It started at the top with Bailey Ranta, who was poised for a medalist finish, running 13th with 600 meters to go, but struggled mightily the rest of the way, fading to 160th (21:00.6).

"She barely finished," Moskalick said. "I think it's an anxiety thing. I can't speak on behalf of her. It might have just been the nerves. It's devastating. It's a tough break. She's got another shot, but it's going to take some mental rebuilding."

Bree Gentry led Chesterton in 87th (19:57.8), the only Trojan to break 20 minutes. Ciara Bonner snuck inside the top 100 in her state debut, 99th in 20:16.2, followed by Alyssa Dunlap (139th, 20:40.9) and Catherine White (144th, 20:47.5). Liz Hibshman was the fifth scorer in 157th (20:57.5). McKenna Handley rounded out the contingent in 175th (21:32.2).

"Bree did OK. No one blew it out of the water," Moskalick said. "Out of our seven, only two have run this race, so it comes down to the experience part. It's just being mentally ready to run. You've got 208 of the best runners in the state of Indiana, it can be overwhelming."

Moskalick didn't want the end result to take away from the rest of the season. "

"With everything that's happening in 2020, COVID, life in general, these girls busted their butts since spring time to get here," she said. "Overall, it was a great season. Of course, you want to finish the last race with your best, but this is sports. There are no guarantees."

Lowell's Karina James won the race in 18:00.1, besting Carroll's Zoe Duffus in the stretch. Kaylie Politza of Valpo took 11th, the only other local medalist.

IHSAA State Finals


Team Results

1. Carmel, 52; 2. FW Carroll, 77; 3. Columbus North, 168; 4. Zionsville, 236; 5. Indpls. North Central, 237; 6. Franklin Central, 269; 7. Floyd Central, 8. Valparaiso, 276; 9. Hamilton Southeastern, 282; 10. FW Concordia Lutheran, 303; 11. Penn, 307; 12. Bloomington North, 308; 13. Noblesville, 308; 14. Northview, 375; 15. Franklin Community, 390; 16. Homestead, 415; 17. Jasper, 416; 18. Wheeler, 420; 19. Fishers, 439; 20. Chesterton, 444; 21. Culver Academy, 445; 22. Bloomington South, 451; 23. Lake Central, 468; 24. Warsaw, 531.

Individual Results

1. Karina James (Lowell), 18:00.1; 2. Zoe Duffus (FW Carroll), 18:02.3; 3. Annie Christie (Carmel), 18:19.0; 4. Ellen Baker (Indpls. North Central), 18:20.6; 5. Sophia Kennedy (Park Tudor), 18:22.2.

Chesterton finishers: 87. Bree Gentry, 19:57.8; 99. Ciara Bonner, 20:16.2; 139. Alyssa Dunlap, 20:41.0; 144. Catherine White, 20:47.6; 157. Liz Hibshman, 20:57.5; 160. Bailey Ranta, 21:00.6; 175. McKenna Handley, 21:23.2.



Posted 11/2/2020




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