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Boys Track opens at Highland

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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 jump.”

The Trojans feature 20 freshmen and 26 sophomores on the roster as they try to fill the lineup holes.

“We’re really young,” Nallenweg said. “There are a lot of opportunities for guys to step up and fill some spots.”

Chesterton 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.

“Nathan, Kenny, 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 jump.

“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.”



Posted 4/4/2019




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