NEW CARLISLE --
It’s been a while, seven years to be exact.
girls cross country team has made the annual pilgrimage to the New Prairie
Semistate, only to have its season end a week shy of the ultimate goal, the
There have been
near misses and times when it wasn’t that close.
It wasn’t close
this time either and that was a good thing. The Trojans comfortably broke
the state drought, claiming the sixth and final berth with 164 points, well
ahead of seventh-place Lake Central (257).
excited. I know they’re excited,” Chesterton coach Maggie Wolgamot said.
“Days like today, it’s hard to eliminate the feeling of pressure, but they
managed it well. We knew it would be a battle. It’s a totally different
race. We try to be mentally prepared for the chaos. The only thing that
shocked some of them was the first mile. It was fast, but they ran great.
They left it out there. They gave it all they had. They did what they had to
do to survive and move forward.”
As has become the
formula, the Trojans prevailed with a balanced effort behind lead runner
Shelby Bullock, who finished sixth in 18 minutes, 32.9 seconds. Lowell’s
Jordyn Boyer won in 17:58.7.
“Shelby ran out
front really strong,” Wolgamot said.
Kara Krol was 37th
(19:46.9), followed by Nalani Malackowski (42nd, 19:53.9), with Rachel
Hoffmann (44th, 19:54.7) turning in the race of the day among the Chesterton
ranks. Taylor Edwards was 67th (20:18.4). Rebecca White (106th, 21:04.7) and
Elizabeth Canright (138th, 21:45.4) completed the Trojans lineup.
stepped up,” Wolgamot said. “She was two seconds off her PR (at regionals)
and was our fourth (runner). Today, she ran up with our third and our
second. She picked up a lot of points. That really made a huge difference.
We had a good pack, two, three, four. Taylor had a solid showing.”
Wolgamot was happy
with how the freshmen, Malackowski and Edwards, responded to the race.
“They’re in this
situation for the first time, experiencing this type of race, I’m proud of
how they did,” she said. “They react to my voice. I tell them they have to
go and they’re sprinting. I love how coachable they are. Honestly, they’re
close friends. They support each other. They give high fives before the
race. A coach can do their best, but that camaraderie is ultimately up to
Chesterton will run
in the state finals Saturday at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course. The
girls race is at 12:45 p.m. Region time.
“(Semistate) is a
week where sometimes you back off and feel flat and sometimes you do great,”
Wolgamot said. “We had a combination of both. It’s ironic because we were
awesome (at regionals) and we didn’t back off. It’s promising for a good
showing (at State). We’ve got some extra wiggle room.”
AT NEW PRAIRIE
1. Valparaiso, 72;
2. Lowell, 116; 3. West Lafayette, 138; 4. LaPorte, 143; 5. Crown Point,
164; 6. Chesterton, 164; 7. Lake Central, 257; 8. Twin Lakes, 259; 9.
Warsaw, 264; 10. Munster, 296; 11. Rensselaer, 296; 12. Hobart, 327; 13.
McCutcheon, 331; 14. Benton Cenral, 343; 15. West Lafayette Harrison, 346;
16. Rochester, 267; 17. Maconaquah, 382; 18. Portage, 292; 19. Culver
Academies, 471; 20. Western, 551.
1. Jordyn Boyer
(Low) 17:58.7, 2. Ava Gilliana (Val) 18:13.4, 3. Mia Beckham* (War) 18:20.2,
4. Maggie Gutwein (TL) 18:28.2, 5. Logan Ferngren (Val) 18:28.9, 6. Shelby
Bullock (Ches) 18:32.9, 7. Hannah Wylie (CP) 18:40.6, 8. Maddie Russin (CP)
18:47.3, 9. Katerina Shuble (LP) 18:47.4, 10. Miah Martin (Cass) 18:54.2.
finishers: 37. Kara Krol (C) 19:46.9, 42. Nalani Malackowski (C) 19:53.9,
44. Rachel Hoffmann (C ) 19:54.7, 67. Taylor Edwards (C) 20:18.4, 106.
Rebecca White (C) 21:04.7, 138. Elizabeth Canright (C) 21:45.4.