Minus its top two runners, the Chesterton boys cross country came into
Saturday's Duneland Athletic Conference Championship with tempered
"We have to keep things in perspective," Trojans coach Tim Ray said. "We're
getting better. That's all you can hope for out of this group at this
With Tyler Vore (ankle) and Kevin Kenney (mononucleosis) still out of
commission, Chesterton finished a distant sixth in the field at 149 points.
"We broke it down, even without the top two, here's what we want to do as
far as beating other teams' five and six (runners) and so forth," Ray said.
"Some did. Some didn't. Mitch (Wilborn) is the only one with any real
post-season experience. One other has run in the post-season (Alex Genetski),
but wasn't a key factor. The rest of them, this is their first time."
Wilborn's veteran mileage was evident as he finished 10th in 16:36.4. He was
the only Trojan in the top 20.
"Mitch is a getting close to his potential," Ray said. "He's getting a
little better. He's a second half runner. We asked him to beat some guys
that he hadn't beaten and he did."
Genetski was next in for Chesterton, 30th in 17:19.6, with Robert St. Pierre
right behind at 17:23.3. Parker Whitmore placed 37th (17:36.6) and Jonah
Noel 41st (17:51.7) to round out the Trojans' top five. Matt Johnson (48th,
18:26.4) and Brad Adkins (49th, 18:36.4) also ran.
"We’ve got a short amount of time to get better, with sectionals, regionals
and semistate coming up," Ray said. "They know what they have to go out and
Valparaiso claimed its fourth straight DAC title, posting a score of 40.
Crown Point was runner-up at 59.
LaPorte's Anthony Didion won his final race at Kesling Park, crossing the
line first in 16:03.2, three seconds ahead of the Vikings' Ari Coulopoulos,
to continue the Slicers' run of individual success.
Ray hopes to have Vore and Kenney both on the starting line for the
Chesterton Sectional in eight days at Sunset Hill Farm.
"We'll err on the side of caution," he said. "But if they're able to run,
Boys Cross Country
Duneland Athletic Conference Championship
AT KESLING PARK, LAPORTE
1. Valparaiso 40, 2. Crown Point 59, 3. Lake Central 73, 4. LaPorte 93, 5.
Portage 106, 6. Chesterton 149, 7. Michigan City 160, 8. Merrillville 227.
1. Anthony Didion (LP) 16:03.2, 2. Ari Couolpoulos (V) 16:06.3, 3. Tyler
Gray (CP) 16:16.7, 4. Andrew Jankowski (V) 16:21.4, 5. Ryan Kepshire (CP)
16:24.7, 6. Zach Hupp (LC) 16:28.4, 7. Corey Alfrfedson (V) 16:30.9, 8. Jake
Langbehn (CP) 16:32.1, 9. Tyler Kramer-Stephens (LC) 16:32.7, 10. Mitch
Wilborn (C) 16:36.4, 11. Sam Miller (LP) 16:41.4, 12. Casey Garvey (LC)
16:45.2, 13. Kevin Hickey (V) 16:46.9, 14. Danny Dalton (V) 16:47.6, 15.
Lucas Sullivan (P) 16:56.2, 16. Antonio Chapa (P) 16:56.8, 17. Jacob Chapman
(V) 16:57.8, 18. Jacob Adams (MC) 16:58.7, 19. Kameron Konopasek (LC)
16:58.8, 20. Braden Griffin (LP) 16:59.9.
Other Chesterton finishers: 30. Alex Genetski (C) 17:19.6, 31. Robert St.
Pierre (C) 17:23.3, 37. Parker Whitmore (C) 17:36.6, 41. Jonah Noel (C)
17:51.7, 48. Matt Johnson (C) 18:26.4, 49. Brad Adkins (C) 18:36.4.