A week after ending
a 22-year Duneland Athletic Conference drought, Chesterton put an end to the
same dry spell in the sectional Saturday, edging Valparaiso 57-65 at New
It was kind of a
common theme. Coming off conference with that high, making sure we maintain
that want-to, that desire to perform your best, Trojans coach Lindsey
Moskalick said. "Overall, we got the job done. Five in the top 20 was kind
of what we were hoping for. We had interchanging, but that just shows a good
team. Someone sees someone having an off day, they know they have to move up
and close the gap to help the team as a whole."
Politza got the best of Chesterton's Bailey Ranta for the first time,
hitting the line in 18 minutes, 37.6 seconds, 14 clocks in front of New
Prairie's Lilly Zelasko. Ranta was third in 19:11.3.
"She's been so good
to race with," Politza said of Ranta. "She's such a great competitor. She's
an awesome runner. We were side by side and it was so awesome. It pushed me
so much. I got so determined. Im really excited with the way I finished
because I didn't feel like I was dying. Normally, if I run a race like I
did, I wouldn't be able to finish that hard. The first time (here), I pushed
it up the hill too hard. I learned from that and I didn't kick it up the
hill as hard. I was able to save my legs for that straightaway."
Besides Ranta, Bree
Gentry took eighth (20:16.3) and Catherine White tenth (20:28.9). Alyssa
Dunlap (17th, 20:42.3) and Ciara Bonner (19th, 20:48.2) rounded out the
"Alyssa moved up
nicely," Moskalick said. "Bree stepped up into a good No. 2 spot. Catherine
bounced back from last week, like we expected her to. Kaylie just had a
better race than Bailey. I think this showed Bailey, OK, I have to go in
ready to race. She's going to bounce back. This will be fuel for the fire. I
told the girls sometimes it's the bad races that make you want to get
better. She had an off day. It happens.
Ranta looks to
shake it off in the Chesterton Regional at Sunset Hill.
I had a phenomenal
race last Saturday and I just didn't really prepare myself as well as I did
last Saturday, she said. "My body's just tired from training. I can't let
this race get to me. I need it to make me work harder on my goals for the
season. I have to use it as a lesson, get mad at it and hope to win at
Chesterton, Mckenna Handley was 24th (21:24.9) and Liz Hibshman 29th
LaPorte (102) and Portage (104) also earned regional berths.
AT NEW PRAIRIE
1. Chesterton, 57;
2. Valparaiso, 65; 3. Wheeler, 75; 4. LaPorte, 102; 5. Portage, 104; 6. New
Prairie, 144; 7. South Central, 206; 8. Boone Grove, 219; 9. Westville, 258;
10. Lake Station, 298.
1. Kaylie Politza
(V), 18:37.6; 2. Lillian Zelasko (NP), 18:51.4; 3. Bailey Ranta ©, 19:11.3;
4. Ella Bensz (LP), 19:20.9; 5. Emma Hellewege (WH), 19:47.2.
finishers: 8. Bree Gentry, 20:16.3; 10. Catherine White, 20:28.9; 17. Alyssa
Dunlap, 20:42.3; 19. Ciara Bonner, 20:48.2; 24. McKenna Handley, 21:24.9;
29. Liz Hibshman, 21:55.0.