By JIM PETERS
Runners thrive on a
routine, and the stretch of days leading up to Saturday's Rudy Skorupa
Invitational at Lake Central were anything but routine for Chesterton's boys
cross country team.
“It was a brutal
week for everybody,” Trojans coach Tim Ray said. “It's cooler, but they
still felt the effects of the heat. School started. Half of them were in
school, half of them were out of school. We're going back and forth. Can we
use the locker room? Can we not use the locker room? It's been crazy.”
It only figured
that the race wouldn't be routine for the Trojans either. A team with three
returning runners from its state-qualifying squad was minus one of its top
runners (Matthew Streeter) and another member of its top 12 (Lucas Vinet) as
both had to take the SAT on Saturday.
"We had two guys
(Ethan Woodrich and Nathan Keel) who had never run a varsity race," two
seniors, so it was a little bone for them," Ray said. "They've put three
solid years in, here's a chance to wear a varsity uniform, to experience
that. It was good for them to get to run that race."
Cole Dolson (11th,
17:20) led the way for the Trojans, followed by Josh Dennington (18th,
17:42), freshman Evan O'Connor (24th, 17:52), Josh Tuck (29th, 17:59) and
Jackson Tuck (33rd, 18:17). Woodrich and Keel were 65th and 66th.
progressed," Ray said. "He was eight-nine last year, so he didn't run in the
post-season. We figured he'd be in the middle (of the lineup), a
contributor. He's made some good strides since spring, moving forward. One
of the guys back was a freshman, so realistically we only have two guys back
with a lot of experience. For some, it's still a learning experience.
They’re just doing what everybody else does.”
fourth among seven teams with 109 points, trailing Crown Point (39), Lake
Central (63) and La Porte (88).
"As we finally get
settled in and move from this to next week, to the week after, we'll get a
really good feel of where we're at," Ray said. "I know it's a little cliche,
but the kids are just happy be to out here, happy to run, happy to compete."
The day was
originally supposed to be open for Chesterton, but with the uncertainty that
lies ahead and the schedule already having been affected by COVID-19
concerns, Ray chose to get in the meet.
"We were supposed
to be off this week," he said. "One of our meets later on was canceled, the
JV can't run next week at Marian and we want to get the JV as many
opportunities as we can. We still don't know what's going to happen at New
Prairie. Are we going to have reserve races?"
Guerra, the 2019 state runner-up, won the race in 15:51.
The race course was
altered with the finish coming on the track in the football stadium to allow
for spectators. Originally, fans were not going to be permitted due to the
close quarters of the regular course.
Luke Skorupa Invite
AT LAKE CENTRAL
1. Crown Point, 39;
2. Lake Central, 63; 3. LaPorte, 88; 4. Chesterton, 109; 5. Munster, 120; 6.
Illiana Christian, 126; 7. Portage, 179.
1. Lucas Guerra
(H), 15:51.0; 2. Quinton Bock (CP), 16:22.0; 3. Cole Simmons (CP), 16:37.0;
4. Sam Bell (LP), 16:40.0; 5. Brady Vroom (IC), 16:44.0; 6. Justin Van
Prooyen (IC), 16:47.0; 7. Cole Raymond (LP), 16:52.0; 8. Zakaria Mohiuddin
(LC), 16:56.0; 9. Ari Zrzumanian (M), 17:05.0; 10. Anthony Saberniak (CP),
finishers: 11. Cole Dolson, 17:20.0; 18. Josh Dennington, 17:42.0; 24. Evan
O’Connor, 17:52.0; 29. Josh Truck, 17:59.0; 33. Jackson Truck, 18:17.0; 40.
Ethan Mohoi, 18:42.0; 44. Reece Erow, 18:52.0; 47. Billy Clinkert, 18:55.0;
65. Ethan Wodrich, 22:25.0; 66. Nathan Keel, 22:30.0.
1 Lake Central, 33;
2. LaPorte, 59; 3. Chesterton, 67; 4. Crown Point, 74; 5. Munster, 148; 6.
Portage, 184; 7. Highland, 203.
1. Tyler Troy (LP),
18:38.0; 2. Dylan Dieringer (LC), 18:43.0; 3. Ryan Schlyer ©, 18:50.0; 4.
Austin Wojcik (LC), 18:51.0; 5. Dylan Lopez (LC), 18:51.0.
finishers: 6. Max Welbourne, 18:56.0; 11. Bobby Breger, 19:12.0; 23. Trevor
Arlington, 19:52.0; 36. Matthew Long, 20:30.0; 37. Vince Fox, 20:33.0; 39.
David McGrogan, 20:37.0; 41. Drew Carpenter, 20:49.0; 44. Oliver Wilgocki,
21:02.0; 46. Tyler Herzog, 21:04.0; 49. Francis Fox, 21:07.0; 52. William
Nowicki, 21:18.0; 59. Owen Dougherty, 21:41.0; 61. AJ Tolin, 21:43.0; 65.
Preston Throw, 21:59.0; 68. Brayden Mercier, 22:06.0; 83. Ethan Kroft,
23:11.0; 94. Gage Wimmer, 24:47.0; 101. Owen Rutherford, 26:10.0; 105.
Hunter Ellis, 28:11.0.