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Sluggish Chesterton Boys 2nd at Cross Country Regional

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All things considered, Tim Ray would've preferred no detours in Chesterton's boys cross country post-season journey.

Short of that, the Trojans coach was relieved it happened when it did, in Saturday's regional at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, where his team was still able to manage a second-place finish behind Valparaiso (34) with 71 points.

"We ran a little heavy. It felt a little tired, a little slow," Ray said. "For some reason or another, it just didn't feel like we were clicking like we've been the past couple weeks. It was a step back from where we've been at, but it's still not as bad compared to what it's been in the past. We're fortunate to have one of those teams where we knew if we ran just OK we were still good enough to get out."

Will Shook paced the Trojans in fifth in 16:37.8. New Prairie's Tim O'Laughlin won the race with a 16:12.7.

"Will's had a huge learning curve," Ray said. "He was a 20-, 21-minute guy as a freshman. He's steadily gotten better and become our top guy. He's not even sure about running in the front. He decided to make a move midway through, but he didn't understand you have to make a definitive mode. When you go, you have to go. You can't go halfway and say, OK, that's good. You're racing experienced, really talented guys."

Elsewhere for Chesterton, Dylan Draves was 13th (16:51.6) and Cole Dolson (17th, 17:06.9).

"Our one-two has pretty much been our one-two all year," Ray said. "That's the first time (Dolson)'s been our No. 3. He ran pretty well. That's what's good when you have some depth. We have eight guys who are real close, so if one or two have a bad day, there are others there to pick them up a little bit."

The remaining four Trojans were well bunched with Adam Juestel 25th (17:17.6), Travis Konarski 26th (17:19.2), Josh Dennington 28th (17:22.4) and Matthew Streeter 30th (17:22.6).

"We're figuring out who we want to run next weekend, so we didn't run one of the freshmen and gave Dennington a shot," Ray said. "He stepped up and was real close to a (personal best) as our sixth guy. I don't think they'd admit it outwardly, but you get in a situation like this where we never said a word about the regional until this week, that may have indirectly had something to do with (our performance).

“I have to remember it's still a pretty inexperienced group. We've got two guys who have raced an entire post-season and five who haven't."

La Porte (130) and Wheeler (143) also advanced to the New Prairie Semistate as teams.

"For us, it's pretty much black and white," Ray said. "As consistent as we have been, except for this slip-up, if we just have a solid race, not even an outstanding race, we'll be in the mix for one of those (state-qualifying) spots. Things can happen on a given day. Somebody can have an outstanding day and you don't, and you're on the outside looking in. We just have to rebound a little bit and do what we've been doing all year."

IHSAA Regional


Team Results

1. Valparaiso, 34; 2. Chesterton, 71; 3. New Prairie, 84, 4. LaPorte, 130; 5. Wheeler, 143; 6. Kankakee Valley, 145; 7. Morgan Twp., 176; 8. Rensselaer Central, 212; 9. Kouts, 236; 10. Knox, 282.

Individual Results

1. Tim O’Laughlin (New Prairie), 16:12.7; 2. Cole Raymond (LaPorte), 16:25.8; 3. Joseph Roytan (Valparaiso), 16:27.9; 4. Kohler Peterson (Covenant Christian), 16:31.3; 5. Will Shook (Chesterton), 16:37.8.

Other Chesterton finishers: 13. Dylan Draves, 16:51.6; 17. Cole Dolson, 17:06.9; 25. Adam Juestel, 17:17.6; 26. Travis Konarski, 17:17.6; 28. Josh Dennington, 17:22.4; 30. Matthew Streeter, 17:22.6.


Posted 10/21/2019




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