Prep cross country

Munster boys, L.C. girls win team titles at Crown Point Regional

2013-10-19T19:00:00Z 2013-10-20T00:43:03Z Munster boys, L.C. girls win team titles at Crown Point RegionalChristopher Breach Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 19, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

CENTER TWP. | It was a crowded field at Saturday’s Crown Point Regional, but Munster junior Ryan Kritzer still emerged to take individual honors in the boys race on a sunny but crisp morning.

Kritzer finished in 16 minutes, 6 seconds and held off C.P.’s Tyler Gray by eight seconds, while Lowell’s Brian Blaylock was third in 16:21. Teammate Tom Bolanwoski took fourth in 16:25 to help propel the Mustangs to the team title.

“It’s always a nice confidence booster to have a teammate up there with you, knowing that he can help if it need be,” Kritzer said.

Kritzer said he made his move around the 2-mile mark on the 3.1-mile tree-lined course at Lemon Lake County Park.

“When it was time to go," he said, "I just went, held onto it and it ended up working out."

Munster coach Aaron Brown said it was a total team effort to dethrone host C.P. and come away with the team title for the first time in four years. The Mustangs edged the Bulldogs 49-52.

“All five of them did the job they were supposed to today and ran well, much better than they did at sectionals,” he said. “I was real happy with that.”

Lake Central was third with 72 points, followed by Lowell and Hobart. The top five teams and the top 10 individuals not on an advancing team qualified for next Saturday’s New Prairie Semistate.

Hobart’s Celena Guerrero cruised to the individual title in the girls race finishing in 19:18, while teammate Mindy Whidden was 13 seconds behind in second.

“It was perfect running conditions,” Guerrero said. “I knew it (would be) me and Mindy, and I was expecting a girl from Crown Point (Kayla McGurk) – but I don’t think she ran (Saturday) – and the two girls from L.C.

“I was kind of planning on just going out and try and attack, and at halfway into the race, seeing what I had left and try to break away.”

Guerrero also made her move with a mile left to secure the win.

“I was kind of planning on just going out and try and attack, and at halfway into the race, seeing what I had left and try to break away.”

Guerrero also made her move with a mile left to secure the win.

L.C.’s Sarah Hunsley placed third, and teammate Megan Zajac was fourth to help lead the well-oiled L.C. machine to its third straight title and ninth in the past 10 years.

“We all just stay together,” Hunsley said. “We all run together at practice, and we all push each other. We all know how to stay together during our races.”

L.C. coach Anny Downey breathed a sigh of relief when her charges won with 53 points, five points ahead of runner-up C.P. Jade Tazbir was seventh in scoring, Jennifer Crague15th and Joule Tazbir 24th.

“The kids came through,” Downey said. “They stepped it up. It’s about places; it’s not about your times. The kids had to be in certain spots, and they worked on getting in those spots.”

Hobart also scored 53, but C.P. got second on the sixth score tiebreaker. Munster and Hebron also advanced.

Downey admitted they caught a break when C.P.’s top runner McGurk couldn’t run due to an injury.

“If McGurk ran, than you’re not talking to me,” she said.

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