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Chesterton Boys cross country qualifies for State Finals

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Several members of Chesterton's boys cross country team traveled to Terre Haute last fall to watch Nathan O'Connor run in the State Finals.

The view is going to be even better next Saturday.

"It's going to be a lot more fun having seven guys racing," Chestertonís Matthew Streeter said after a third-place team finish in Saturday's New Prairie Semistate.

With plenty of drama on the sixth-place bubble, Chesterton largely took itself out of the suspense with a strong performance that actually put it in contention for the title, its 112 points trailing only Crown Point (93) and Valparaiso (107).

"Going into it, we knew if we just ran consistent like we have all year, things should fall into place," Trojan coach Tim Ray said. "A lot of people kind of had us pegged for fifth. We talked about it, that on a good day, if we were really on, we could compete with Crown Point and Valpo, and we did that. It was nice for them to experience that."

The trip to State was set into motion by the top 20 trio of Will Shook (ninth), Streeter (14th) and Dylan Draves (19th).

"That was nice to have," Ray said. "The guys in the back knowing those guys are up there, that helped pull them through the rest of the way."

The trio were holdovers from last season's seventh-place finish.

"It's really satisfying compared to last year," Streeter said. "That was really heartbreaking. Having the whole team on the podium was a really good moment. I couldn't have done without my teammates being there every day of practice helping me. I was really excited to look around and see everyone coming in."

Streeter's time of 16:30 was nearly a minute-and-a-half faster than a season ago.

"It was nice to have Matthew back on track to where we thought he was capable of at the beginning of the year," Ray said. "His freshman year, he had a stress fracture, and was out about eight months. He had some shin issues, so we played it cautious with him. He worked himself back into shape and popped off a good one. He came up pretty big for us."

Shook paced the Trojans with a 16:23.9, while Draves clocked 16:33.6.

"I think it was our training," Shook said. "We pushed it a week back from last year. I also think, last week, we were running kind of poorly, and we realized we've got to pick it up. We can't take it for granted."

Travis Konarski (41st, 16:54.7) and Adam Juestel (52nd, 17:06) also scored for Chesterton, just ahead of Cole Dolson (54th, 17:08.2). Jackson Tuck was 79th (17:24.5).

"Our four, five and six were very consistent," Ray said. "A lot of times, kids don't understand how the season works. You may be running well at the beginning of the season, but it's a long season. The post-season is about as long as the regular season."

And thanks to Chesterton's showing, its season has one more week.

West Lafayette (140), West Lafayette Harrison (165) and Lake Central (195) also advanced as teams, the Indians edging the hosts for the final state berth on the sixth-runner tiebreaker.

Highland's Lucas Guerra topped a trio of Lake County runners at the front, winning in 15:31.8.

IHSAA Semistate


Team Results

1. Crown Point 93, 2. Valparaiso 107, 3. Chesterton 112, 4. West Lafayette 140, 5. Harrison (West

Lafayette) 165, 6. Lake Central 195, 7. New Prairie 195, 8. Lowell 212, 9. Warsaw 213, 10. La Porte 221,

11. Plymouth 310, 12. McCutcheon 344, 13. Munster 345, 14. Hanover Central 355, 15. Culver Academy 362, 16. Western 398, 17. Wheeler 458, 18. Frankfort 475, 19. Rochester 506, 20. Lafayette Jefferson 539.

Individual Results

1. Lucas Guerra (Highland) 15:31.8, 2. Geno Christofanelli (CP) 15:40.9, 3. Gabe Sanchez (L) 15:49.4,

Caleb Williams (Ha) 15:50.6, 4. Tim O'Laughlin (NP) 16:02, 6. Quinton Bock (CP) 16:15.2, 7. Leonel

Ramirez Soriano (Ha) 16:17.2, 8. Cole Raymond (LP) 16:19.4, 9. Will Shook (C) 16:23.9, 10. Alex Alba (Ha)


Other Chesterton finishers: 14. Matthew Streeter 16:30, 19. Dylan Draves 16:33.6, 41. Travis Konarski 16:54.7, 52. Adam Juestel 17:06, 54. Cole Dolson 17:08.2, 79. Jackson Tuck 17:24.5.


Posted 10/28/2019




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