CHS Track Teams End Regular Season with Bronze at DACs

Chesterton wraps up regular season with impressive conference finishes

Brody Mehling, Editor of Sports

The CHS girls and boys track teams concluded their seasons on Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10 respectively. Both teams competed in the DAC conference meet. The boys finished 3rd with 88 points behind 1st place Merrillville and 2nd place Crown Point. The Lady Trojans also finished 3rd with 73.5 points behind Valparaiso and Lake Central.
The boys have seen success this season with standout performances from all events. In the 100m, junior Preston Throw leads the team with a time of 11.40. Throw also runs the fastest 200m with an impressive 22.11. Rounding out the sprints, Sophomore Aaron Resto has been undefeated in the 400m this season and has a PR of 49.84.
Senior Jackson Tuck is running the best for Chesterton’s long distance squad, being the fastest in both the 800m (2:01,06) and the 1600m (4.19.54). Tuck’s 1600m performance puts him at 7th in the state! Junior Evan O’Connor is the top 3200m runner for the Trojan’s running a 9:34.77.
The hurdle crew have been the top performers for the Trojans this year; their biggest highlight is breaking the school record for the Shuttle Hurdle Relay with a time of 57.84. This time beat out the previous record by over 2 seconds, and was accomplished by seniors Tyler Ilgin and Braden Vanderwoude, and sophomores Owen Edlen and Kieran Barnewall. Barnewall is also the 7th fastest 110m hurdler in the state with a blazing time of 14.68. This is also just shy of the school record which is 14.44. Barnewall has also shown up for the 300m hurdles, leading the crew with a time of 42.06.
Chesterton also has some solid relay teams. The 4x400m team is 39th in Indiana and is looking to go far into the postseason. The 4×800 team, made up of Jackson Tuck, Joshua Tuck, Bobby Berger, and Evan O’Connor, is currently 19th place in the state and their top feat was breaking the Concord Relays meet record with a time of 8:14.00.
The field events cap off the team with top performances coming from Edlen in both the shot put (47’ 10”) and discus (145’6”). sophomore, Jude Palm has hopped around most of the events on the team but has found his fit in the long jump, leaping 19’ 9.5”. Junior Alex Drewes is pole vaulting over the competition with a PR of 11 feet. Last, but certainly not least, Junior Conrad Dyrkacz and sophomore Ben Wellensiek have both high jumped 5’8”.

The Lady Trojans have also had a great season. Freshman Kenedi Bradley is the standout for Chesterton this season with a PR of 12.41 in the 100m dash. Bradley finished 4th in the girls DAC 100m finals and is looking great for the postseason. Senior Olivia Kozak is also looking to go far this postseason accomplishing a PR of 26.59 in the 200m dash at DAC.
DAC was evidently a meet to PR in as senior Alyssa Dunlap ran her best 800m with a 2:26.33 and the 1600m with a 5:12.64; these times placed her in 5th and 3rd accordingly. Junior Madison Trumbo also had her top performance in the 3200m running her way to an 11.57.39 and a 7th place ribbon.
Senior Bridget Raffin led the hurdle crew, running her best time for the 100m hurdles with a 16.05, placing her 4th overall. She also placed 5th in the 300m hurdles (48.53) followed closely by Freshman Lux Mountford (49.70).
Sophomore Hailey Geiser jumped 5’4” in the High Jump giving her the title of DAC Champ! She also jumped 16’ 5.5” in the long jump giving her 5th place in her second event. Senior Gianna Raffin pole vaulted 8 feet and her sister, sophomore Luciana Raffin vaulted 7’6”. The throwers for the girls have also had some impressive performances with sophomores Autumn Spencer and Elizabeth St. Marie leading the charge. Spencer tossed the discus 108’ 1” and St. Marie threw the shot put 31’ 8.25”

Overall, both teams have had a great season and are looking to make strong post-season runs. If you see a member of either team, make sure to wish them luck!