By JIM PETERS
its surprising win at the New Prairie Invite a couple weeks ago and
Saturday's uninspired third-place finish in the Duneland Athletic Conference
meet lies the real Chesterton boys cross country team.
What happens next
will tell Trojan coach Tim Ray behind what door the team really is.
“It was kind of
like a false positive, to go with what's going on,” Ray said. of the New
Prairie victory. “We did good, but I don't think Crown Point and LC had
their ‘A’ game going on. I thought they were better. I'm sure they were
coming for us and we were not up for the challenge at all. They're kids.
Maybe we thought, oh, we're good, we won New Prairie. In any sport, you have
to come prepared, have a little hunger in you, and we were not any of that.
It seemed like we were here just to be here, Crown Point and Lake Central
were just phenomenal. We know they're both extremely good teams."
Crown Point took
two of the top three spots and put all of its scorers in the first 15 to
record a point total of 42. Well-bunched Lake Central, which had four
runners cross in succession 10th through 13th, scored 63, and Chesterton 83.
"This is the
Duneland Conference. If you don't have your head right, ready to roll,
you're going to get stomped," Ray said. "I thought we had a pretty good
week. That doesn't always translate to how a race goes. You can have a good
week of practice, then have a bad race, and vice versa. I'd like to think we
can at least compete with them. We have to learn to make things happen for
ourselves, go get those positive things, and not think they're going to be
handed to us. As I've said before, you don't want the highs to get too high
or the lows to get too low. By the same token, you have to learn from what
Cole Dolson and
Josh Dennington led Chesterton, finishing eighth (16:26.8) and ninth
(16:27.4), respectively. Matt Streeter was 14th in 16:35.1. Ray's bright
spots were Reece Erow (27th, 17:12.1) in his post-season debut and freshman
Max Welbourne (34th, 17:34.2).
"They were really
good," he said. "Our other five had some experience and just didn't show up,
didn't come prepared. I don't know if they were focused. We've talked to
teams in the past about this. We have to keep moving forward. Are we going
to get out of sectionals and regionals? Yes, but we have to continue to
grow, improve as a team. This is a huge step back, but let’s learn from it,
attack sectionals, attack regionals. I like to see a little more
competitiveness out of us. If we continue to do what we did, it's going to
be a short post-season."
Raymond went wire to wire, winning the race in 15:48.6. C.P.'s Cole Simmons
and Quinton Bock were side by side, second and third.
“I was really proud
of the boys and the way they approached the race," Bulldogs coach Erik
Forehand said. "They've been talking about DACs the last two weeks like
every single day. They've been pretty motivated since New Prairie.”
AT KESLING PARK
1. Crown Point, 42;
2. Lake Central, 63; 3. Chesterton, 83; 4. LaPorte, 102; 5. Valparaiso, 106;
6. Portage, 152; 7. Merrillville, 163; 8. Michigan City, NTS.
1. Cole Raymond
(LP), 15:48.5; 2. Cole Simmons (CP), 16:05.7; 3. Quinton Bock (CP), 16:06.1;
4. Sam Bell (LP), 16:18.4; 5. Zach Dunn (M), 16:21.2; 6. Anthony Saberniak
(CP), 16:24.1; 7. Joel Bryant (V), 16:24.7; 8. Cole Dolson ©, 16:26.8; 9.
Josh Dennington ©, 16:27.4; 10. Zakaria Mohiuddin (LC), 16:30.8.
finishers: 14. Matthew Streeter, 16:35.1; 25. Jackson Tuck, 17:06.3; 27.
Reece Erow, 17:12.1; 32. Josh Tuck, 17:28.7; 34. Max Welbourne, 17:34.2.
1. Valparaiso, 32;
2. Lake Central, 61; 3. Crown Point, 66; 4. Chesterton, 90; 5. LaPorte, 124;
6. Portage, 149; 7. Merrillville, NTS.
1. Owen Lashenik
(V), 17:27.5; 2. Drew McGrath (LC), 17:31.4; 3. Keaton Olson (V), 17:35.3;
4. Max Franco (V), 17:35.3; 5. Aery Ramos (LC), 17:38.1.
finishers: 13. Lucas Vinet, 18:00.5; 14. Brendan Hoch, 18:00.9; 16. Billy
Clinkert, 18:03.5; 18. Ethan Mohoi, 18:04.7; 31. Ryan Schlyer, 18:19.3; 52.
Ian Rutherford, 18:47.5; 53. Bobby Berger, 18:48.3; 62. Trever Arlington,
19:08.1; 66. Preston Throw, 19:13.6; 68. Francis Fox, 19:17.7; 72. Matthew
Long, 19:23.4; 74. Vince Fox, 19:28.3; 75. Tyler Herzog, 19:31.3; 84. David
McGrogan, 19:44.4; 90. Drew Carpenter, 19:59.1; 94. Owen Daugherty, 20:09.1;
97. Oliver Wilgocki, 20:15.7; 101. Nathan Keel, 20:27.9; 102. Brayden
Mercier, 20:28.4; 106. William Nowicki, 20:37.6; 107. Ethan Wodrich,
20:43.2; 111. AJ Tolin, 21:04.9; 112. Ethan Kroft, 21:18.5; 121. Gage Wimmer,
22:00.7; 123. Sam Haughtington, 22:07.6; 141. Owen Rutherford, 24:44.8.