By the way he’s
deftly managed not to tip his hand with the Chesterton boys cross country
team by way of mixing up his lineup, it’s easy to infer that the Trojans
coach Tim Ray is a pretty good poker player.
Ray’s known all
along that his squad is good and he used Saturday’s New Prairie Invitational
to let everyone else know as well.
"In the grand
scheme of things, I knew we would be in the hunt for a top five finish in
semistate,” Ray said. “Our top seven ran at Marion, and were beat by a
couple of ranked teams. For us, it’s just a confidence thing. We have two
guys back from our top seven. For our younger guys, it’s a matter of
maturation of how the season goes, logging in more miles, just the different
level of intensity from reserves to varsity. It’s taking them a little
while, but they’re getting there. This is definitely a step in the right
direction. I’m surprised we came out on top.”
Chesterton put its
flag in the ground at Saturday’s New Prairie Invitational, formally
announcing its arrival as a team to be reckoned with, posting 78 points, 16
better than Crown Point, which has dominated the area in the first months or
so of the season.
confident all season,” said Matthew Streeter, who finished fifth. “We came
into this race confident. We know we’re a good team. The team came in
looking to win, Cole (Dolson) and I came in looking to be in the top 10, and
we did that pretty well. This meet doesn’t matter a whole lot. We know we
have to do the same thing at semistate and state. This is just a step in the
right direction. Everybody’s stepping up. We packed up well. It’s another
confidence booster that all we’ve been doing is paying off. We’re all happy,
but there’s still a lot of room to improve.”
16:14.2) and Dolson (seventh, 16:23.9) gave Chesterton single-digit numbers
while three teammates chipped in with snug top 25 efforts -- Josh Dennington
(20th, 16:47.2), Jackson Tuck (22nd, 16:48.2) and Evan O’Connor (24th,
16:49.4). A fourth, Josh Tuck (27th, 16:53.6), wasn’t far off.
“I think the
weather had a lot to do with it,” Ray said of temperatures around 50 degrees
at race time. “It’s a post-season type atmosphere. When it’s 80 degrees, in
back of the head, you’re like, October’s not going to be like that. Being a
teacher, I like to grade kids, and I gave us about a B-plus or so, There’s
always room for improvement. Streeter’s started to run with more confidence
and Dolson’s kind of followed him around a little bit. We can’t let the
highs get too high or the lows too low. It’s still September, but by the
same token, in these conditions, this is a moment to get out and compete.
They missed track season. You realize every day is kind of a blessing
because you just don’t know.”
Retzlaff won in 15:55.8, over four seconds of La Porte’s Cole Raymond. The
Kingsmen (107) were third and Lake Central fourth.
"New Prairie is
kind of a midway point, where do we stack up?” Ray said. “I’m not sure. One
of the things we’ve always stressed is we want be in a position where we
don’t have to do anything in the post-season we haven’t already done; look,
we’ve done this, we can run a little more relaxed.”
AT NEW PRAIRIE
1. Chesterton, 72;
2. Crown Point, 89; 3. Penn, 99; 4. Lake Central, 122; 5. LaPorte, 189; 6.
Munster, 212; 7. Valparaiso, 214; 8. West Lafayette Harrison, 270; 9.
Lafayette Jeff, 297; 10. South Bend Adams, 307; 11. Elkhart 309; 12.
Portage, 325; 13. East Noble 332; 14. Indpls. Pike, 335; 15. McCutcheon,
367; 16. Hobart, 387; 17. Merrillville, 401; 18. Mishawaka, 419; 19. Kokomo,
545; 20. Logansport, 586.
Retzloff (Penn), 15:55.80; 2. Cole Raymond (LP), 16:00.10; 3. Leonel Ramirez
(WLH), 16:07.50; 4. William Neubauer (SBA), 16:11.70; 5. Matthew Streeter ©,
finishers: 7. Cole Dolson, 16:23.90; 20. Josh Dennington, 16:47.20; 22.
Jackson Tuck, 16:48.20; 24. Evan O’Connor, 26:49.40; 27. Josh Tuck,
16:53.60; 80. Max Welbourne, 18:01.60.