its win in the New Prairie Invitational and its distant third-place finish
in the Duneland Athletic Conference likely resides the real Chesterton boys
cross country team.
Based on Saturday's
impressive performance at the New Prairie Sectional, where the Trojans
posted a modest 25 points, that spot may be closer to the latter than the
“Last week was just
a reality check,” Trojans coach Tim Ray said. “We had to come down to earth.
It told us, even on our best day, we're not going to be able to beat Crown
Point and Lake Central. They're just so much better than we are, but we
can't lose focus on what we can do. Let's just try to get better this week
and I thought we did. We knew it was going to be a battle with Portage,
Valpo and LaPorte. They were getting closer to us last week. We were trying
to build our confidence back up that we can get in the top six in two weeks
and go from there. It started with being a little better prepared."
Streeter (16:56.7) paced the Chesterton resurgence that earned the program's
first DAC title since 2009. It also marked the first time both the girls and
the boys won on the same day.
"I'm happy for our
two seniors, especially Matthew, after he didn't make all-conference," Ray
said. "It's been a long time since we've been able to say we won a sectional
Valpo's Joel Bryant for second with Trojan Jackson Tuck fourth, crossing
shoulder to shoulder with Cole Dolson, both at 17:01.4. Evan O'Connor
(17:03.5) was sixth and Josh Dennington (17:07.7) eighth as just over six
seconds separated the second through fifth runners for Chesterton.
"I think we're just
focused on the now," Streeter said. "After DAC, OK, it's going to be
difficult to beat Lake Central and Crown Point, so it's just focusing on
doing the best we can, having the race we know we should have and preparing
ourselves for next week. We don't forget what happened in the past, but we
don't let the highs get too high or the lows too low. Especially after COVID,
not knowing how far the season was going to get, if we were even going to
have our first meet, now getting to have a post-season race and topping it
off with a win, it's fun. We've got a trophy to put in the trophy case."
While he relished
the chase of Raymond, Streeter was sure not to get caught up in his pace.
"It's fun running
with him," he said. "Everybody knows Cole's going to go out fast. I just ran
the race I knew I should to help the team."
Josh Tuck (15th,
17:41.6) and Reece Erow (35th, 18:23.3) completed the Chesterton lineup.
Valpo was a distant
second with 69 points. The remaining three qualifying teams were LaPorte
(101), New Prairie (108) and Portage (120).
host the regional at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.
AT NEW PRAIRIE
1. Chesterton, 25;
2. Valparaiso, 69; 3. LaPorte, 101; 4. New Prairie, 108; 5. Portage, 120; 6.
Wheeler, 175; 7. Boone Grove, 186; 8. South Central, 190; 9. Washington
Twp., 223; 10. Michigan City, 301.
1. Cole Raymond
(LP), 16:37.6; 2. Matthew Streeter ©, 16:56.7; 3. Joel Bryant (V), 16:59.6;
4. Jackson Tuck ©, 17:01.4; 5. Cole Dolson ©, 17:01.4.
finishers: 6. Evan O’Connor, 17:03.5; 8. Josh Dennington, 17:07.7; 15. Josh
Tuck, 17:41.6; 35. Reece Erow ©, 18:23.3.