Gone are all the
familiar names and that leaves plenty of opportunities.
The Chesterton boys
track team will open up the 2019 outdoor season tonight as they travel to
Highland for a triangular with the Trojans and Hammond.
“We’ll see if we’re
ready,” Chesterton head coach Bryan Nallenweg said. “We lost a lot to
graduation, arguably the best track kid in CHS history, an All-State
distance runner, All-State pole vaulter and a state qualifier in the long
The Trojans feature
20 freshmen and 26 sophomores on the roster as they try to fill the lineup
young,” Nallenweg said. “There are a lot of opportunities for guys to step
up and fill some spots.”
participated in three events at the Indoor State Finals this year, led by a
solid group of sprinters.
Seniors JP Osafo
and Eric McLaughlin should spearhead the group, along with sophomore Patrick
McLaughlin (hurdles) and junior Ben Slatcoff (400).
“JP and Eric are
our two senior leaders on the sprint squad,” Nallenweg said. “Patrick will
be solid in the 300 hurdles and Ben will be a part of the 400 and 4x4.”
In the distance
crew, seniors Nathan O’Connor, Kenny Erow, Matthew Van Kley and sophomore
Matt Streeter should lead the way.
Streeter and Van Kley give us a nice group to build around in the distance
races,” Nallenweg said.
In the field
events, senior Charlie Bernth will compete with the area’s best in the shot
put and discus, while junior Dimitri Nicholson is a rising star in the long
“Charlie will be
right there with everyone in the shot and discus,” Nallenweg said. “Dimitri
is in his first year running track after coming over from baseball. He
finished eighth at Indoor State with a 21-3 long jump. It was just the third
time he’d ever long jumped. He’s a huge addition.”