As his team awaited the awards presentation at Saturday's Duneland Athletic
Conference championships, Chesterton coach Tim Ray busted one of his runners
for munching on a funnel cake from a food stand at Sunset Hill Farm County
About an hour earlier, the Trojans ran away with another DAC title, leaving
the field like they were waiting in the concession line.
"I thought we ran pretty good," Ray said. "We just missed getting six guys
all-conference (top 12), which would've been really something. Yes, we were
the favorites, but that doesn't matter. It's an athletic event and anything
can happen. We're running with confidence. When you get to the post-season,
you just want to stay consistent, stay within yourselves, and do what you
know you're capable of, and you'll be fine."
Fine indeed. Powered by defending champion David Osborn and five runners in
the top 10, Chesterton scored 27 points, well ahead of runner-up Crown Point
(82). The Bulldogs led a group of four schools with just eight points
"We've won two in a row, four in the last nine years, and we'd only won one
before that," Ray said. "The kids understand the historical perspective, and
David's a big part of it."
Osborn joined the elite ranks of multiple DAC winners, breezing around the
north end course of the park in 15:37.23, almost 32 seconds in front of
teammate Ryan Cutter.
"It was just another solid performance," Ray said. "I don't want to say,
'oh, there's David again', but he's just so consistent. I wish everybody
could get a kid who works that hard. A lot of schools are looking at him,
and that's a payoff for what he's done, not only for himself, but for the
The Trojan senior looked to take things out conservatively, but a leisurely
opening 1,000 meters prompted him to make a surge earlier than the halfway
mark he had anticipated.
"It wasn't that challenging of a course. It was easier to run just
naturally," Osborn said. "I took it out and I was feeling good. It's great
to know the person behind you is a teammate. (Winning twice) is definitely
something special. You look at past runners, (Mike) Fout, (Adam) Martin, it
means you're pretty good when you're compared to them. It's definitely an
Cutter didn't get caught up in Osborn's pace, settling in behind him for
second in 16:09.11.
"It's great having David to train with every single day," Cutter said. "I
saw him take off and I just wanted to be patient. I waited back to make my
move a little later and make sure I got second. Comfortable is the best way
I can put it. I was in my zone."
Thomas Halpin (6th, 16:27.31), Shane Kenney (8th, 16:29.29) and Jon Rogers
(10th, 16:36.33) followed in short order, wrapping up the victory. Manny
Orlich (14th, 16:50.04) and Tyler Rusboldt (23rd, 17:11.77) rounded out the
"The farther you get in the post-season, it's more important where that No.
5 is," Ray said. "We've been working on whoever the back end is to stay up
as much as possible, focus on staying there the second half of the race, and
when people make their moves, to respond."
AT SUNSET HILL
FARM COUNTY PARK
1. Chesterton, 27; 2. Crown Point, 82; 3. LaPorte, 87; 4. Valparaiso, 87; 5.
Lake Central, 90; 6. Portage, 173; 7. Merrillville, 184; 8. Michigan City,
1. David Osborn (C), 15:37; 2. Ryan Cutter (C), 16:09; 3. Dylan Harrison
(M), 16:14; 4. Mitch Hubner (L), 16:18; 5. Chris Shellenberger (CP), 16:21;
6. Thomas Halpin (C), 16:27; 7. James Elia (V), 16:27; 8. Shane Kenney (C),
16:29; 9. Josh Hojnacki (L), 16:32; 10. Jon Rogers (C), 16:36; 11. Jake
Ponton (LC), 16:38; 12. Andrew Facemyer (CP), 16:41; 13. Kevin Horecky (LC),
16:44; 14. Manny Orlich (C), 16:50; 15. Ahmad Aljobeh (V), 16:53; 16.
Michael Bobos (V), 16:56; 17. Efrain Flores (LC), 16:58; 18. Chris Jelewski
(LC), 17:00; 19. Colin Likas (CP), 17:04; 20. Nick WIlczewski (L), 17:07.
Other Chesterton finishers: 23. Tyler Rusboldt (C) 17:11.
The Chesterton boys junior varsity team finished second overall on Saturday
at the DAC JV Meet at Sunset Hill Farm.
Valparaiso won the team title (33), followed by the Trojans (42), Crown
Point (91) and Lake Central (94).
Ian Smith was the first Trojan across the line in fourth place in 17:32.
DAC JV Meet
AT SUNSET HILL
FARM COUNTY PARK
1. Valparaiso, 33; 2. Chesterton, 42; 3. Crown Point, 91; 4. Lake Central,
94; 5. Portage, 136; 6. LaPorte, 144.
1. Taylor Bisacchi (V), 17:13; 2. Tyler Kittridge (V), 17:17; 3. Marcus
Trybula (CP), 17:27; 4. Ian Smith (C), 17:32; 5. Austin Palombizio (C),
17:37; 6. Jeff Trembacki (LC), 17:45; 7. Jacob Hamer (V), 17:46; 8. Aaron
Parker (C), 17:53; 9. Shawn DeBoth (CP), 17:54; 10. Eric Menn (C), 17:56.
Other Chesterton finishers: 15. Andrew Kearney (C), 18:09; 21. Mike Marshall
(C), 18:23; 22. Jordan Hoover (C), 18:24; 24. Joe Niepokoj (C), 18:30; 25.
Luke Carr (C), 18:30; 34. Dan Carmody (C), 18:41.