State Champs: The Chesterton girls 3,200 Relay team
shattered the state record in running a 9:03.77 Saturday afternoon to win
the IHSAA State title. The time was less than five seconds away from the
national record. Pictured are, front row (l to r) Sarah Kehe and Ali Bishel.
Standing behind are (l to r) Kelly Peller and Allyson Harvey.
(Tribune photo TR Harlan)
By TR HARLAN
When something gets taken away from you, getting it back can be a sweet
reward. The Chesterton girls 3,200 Relay team can explain it to you.
The Trojans finished fifth overall with 29 points and picked up a state
championship in the 3,200 Relay at the IHSAA State Finals Friday night at
Indiana University in Bloomington.
The Chesterton quartet of Allyson Harvey, Kelly Peller, Ali Bishel and Sarah
Kehe put the state on notice right out of the gate with a State Finals
record of 9:03.77 in picking up a win in the 3,200 Relay. It was five
seconds better than the record set by Northridge last year and five seconds
away from the national record.
“It was awesome,” Bishel said. “There really are no other words to describe
Harvey led off the race with a 2:19 leg that put the Trojans in third place
as eventual 1,600 state champion Lauren Hardesty of Valparaiso set the pace.
It was Harvey’s first sub-2:20 of the season.
“It’s hard to put an exclamation point on the meet at the beginning, but
they did,” Chesterton head coach Steve Kearney said. “They knew they were in
the realm of that possibility even though we didn’t talk about it.”
Peller took the baton in the second leg, and like she has all year, used a
fantastic kick in the final 100 meters to put the Trojans in first place.
“It was fun,” Peller said. “To run in the 4x800 today was just amazing.”
Bishel took the baton and effectively ended the race with an unbelievable
“I didn’t know how fast I was running,” Bishel said. “Sometimes its easier
to run from behind, but I was scared. I didn’t want anyone to catch me. That
was my motivation for running fast.”
When Kehe took the baton, the only thing in doubt was the record.
“Apparently we were supposed to save something for our other races in the
3,200, but I definitely didn’t do that,” Kehe said. “I ran as hard as I
could just like everyone else did and we had an unbelievable race.”
“The total time surprised me,” Kearney said. “But when I looked at their
splits, I can tell you they all are capable of doing that.”
The Trojan also set school records in picking up an eighth place medal in
the 4x400 and finishing 12th in the 4x100.
“I don’t think we’ve ever placed in the 4x400 at the state meet,” Peller
said after anchoring. “It’s great. A great ending to an excellent year.”
For Kehe, the 4x400 was her fourth medal of the day and 20th of her career.
“I wanted to leave the meet with a medal,” Kehe said. “We’ve worked so hard
in the mile relay to get here.”
The 4x100 also set a school record with the quartet of freshman Bailey
Huddleston, sophomores Katie McColly and Becky Lewis and junior Lena Raffin.
“We had a lot of young kids get down here and get a taste of what it’s
like,” Kearney said. “Our biggest breakthrough was Bailey Huddleston in the
4x100. I’m positive she ran a 12.99 leading off.”
McColly also finished fifth in the long jump, while senior teammate Jessica
Pesut finished 11th.
“Katie did a good job in the long jump to get a medal,” Kearney said. “You
see that and those are steps down the road to where you want to be.”
Kehe finished fifth in the 800 and in the mile, but pointed back to the
3,200 Relay as part of the reason.
“I felt like my mile suffered a little bit,” Kehe said. “I had to take one
race at a time just like everyone else did. It was a beautiful day.”
Bishel was the other points scorer for the Trojans with an eighth place
finish in the 1,600.
“Sarah, Kelly and Ali might have placed higher if we didn’t run that fast
(in the 3,200 Relay),” Kearney said. “You can’t reign them in though. You
just have to let them run.
“We weren’t going to win the overall state title anyway.”
Other competitors for the Trojans were Jessica Pesut (11th in the long
jump), Sagan Newham (18th in the discus) and Ashley Fozkos (27th in the pole
“We had a super effort by everybody,” Kearney said. “I’m really happy for
Jessica (Pesut) and Sagan (Newham).”
The fifth place finish matched the best-ever finish by the Trojans and their
29 points was the most in school history.
“We scored so much more than last year,” Kehe said. “We had more people in
more events and it’s so nice to give that back to our coaches. They deserve
to have a team that does well at the state finals.”
1. Warren Central, 47; 2. tie, Ft. Wayne Northrop and Muncie Central, 41; 4.
Ben Davis, 40; 5. Chesterton, 29; 6. Lawrence North, 24; 7. Pike, 23; 8.
tie, Lowell, Valparaiso and North Central, 21.
3200 Relay—1. Chesterton (Allyson Harvey, Kelly Peller, Ali Bishel, Sarah
Kehe), 9:03.77 (MEET RECORD); 2. Northridge, 9:17.60; 3. Valparaiso,
100—1. Tamara Adams (Ft. Wayne Northrop), 11.85; 2. Candyce McGrone (Warren
Central), 11.95; 3. Falana Mason (Pike),12.17.
100 Hurdles—1. Tamara Adams (Ft. Wayne Northrop), 13.94; 2. Vanneisha Ivy
(Muncie Central), 13.96; 3. Katie Johnson (Laf. Harrison), 14.05.
200—1. Candyce McGrone (Warren Central), 24.36; 2. Nikki Smith (Muncie
Central), 25.17; 3. Joy Summers (Indpls. Arlington), 25.29.
1600—1. Lauren Hardesty (Valparaiso), 4:56.48; 2. Alex Banfich (Culver
Academy), 4:58.03; 3. Kristine Krasich (Westfield), 4:58.76; 5. Sarah Kehe
(C), 5:03.29; 8. Ali Bishel (C), 5:04.63.
400 Relay—1. Warren Central, 46.72; 2. Ben Davis, 47.35; 3. Indpls. Bishop
Chatard, 48.04; 12. Chesterton (Bailey Huddleston, Lena Raffin, Becky Lewis,
Katie McColly), 48.89 (SCHOOL RECORD).
400—1. Hannah Farley (Park Tudor), 55.24; 2. Kandise Thompson (Ben Davis),
55.61; 3. Ashley Caldwell (Indpls. North Central), 55.66; 24. Kelly Peller
300 Hur—1. Vanneisha Ivy (Muncie Central), 42.67; 2. Margaret Harris (SB
Riley), 43.17; 3. Erica Moore (Sullivan), 43.55.
800—1. Kathy Klump (South Dearborn), 2:11.15; 2. Mary Catherine Quiett
(Mishawaka Marian), 2:13.73; 3. Allison Malone (Rensselaer), 2:14.57; 5.
Sarah Kehe (C), 2:15.12.
3200—1. Alex Banfich (Culver Academy), 10:47.20; 2. Kelsey Nielsen (Bremen),
10:51.81; 3. Amy Hamilton (Terre Haute North), 10:55.10; 26. Malorie Crafton
1600 Relay—1. Warren Central, 3:52.471; 2. Indpls. North Central, 3:52.478;
3. Ben Davis, 3:52.51; 8. Chesterton (Ali Bishel, Lena Raffin, Sarah Kehe,
Kelly Peller), 3:57.97 (SCHOOL RECORD).
High Jump—1. Emily Breslin (Indpls. Cathedral), 5-6; 2. Kristen Mathews
(Griffith), 5-6; 3. Chennelle Martin (Ben Davis), 5-6.
Long Jump—1. Erynn Young (Muncie Central), 19-2 1/4; 2. Leah Eber (Columbia
City), 18-2 3/4; 3. Kim Lienhoop (LaPorte), 18-1; 5. Katie McColly (C), 17-8
1/4; 11. Jessica Pesut (C), 16-10 1/4.
Discus—1. Sabrina Johnson (Jeffersonville), 141-2; 2. Rachel Deloney
(Bloomington North), 140-8; 3. Courtney Kuzmicz (Frankfort), 138-5; 18.
Sagan Newham (C), 116-0.
Shot Put—1. Rachel Thiel (Lowell), 45-3 1/4; 2. D’Ana McCarty (Indpls.
Pike), 45-2; 3. Faith Sherrill (Ft. Wayne Northrop), 44-10 3/4.
Pole Vault—1. Katie Veith (Homestead) 13-6; 2. Stephanie Chin (Bloomington
South), 12-0; 3. Abby Kimball (Ft. Wayne Carroll), 12-0; 27. Ashley Fozkos