Prep Cross Country

Valpo boys tighten ranks, roll to semistate title

2011-10-22T22:15:00Z 2012-08-18T17:31:08Z Valpo boys tighten ranks, roll to semistate titleBy Jim Peters jim.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com
October 22, 2011 10:15 pm  • 

NEW CARLISLE | There's strength in numbers in all sports, but maybe none more than cross country.

Valparaiso's boys showed it in Saturday's New Prairie Semistate, piling all seven runners into the top 30 to emphatically defend its title. The Vikings posted 57 points to runner-up LaPorte's 140.

"The guys really executed the game plan," coach Mike Prow said. "When you stick to it and make it work, good things should happen."

Ari Coulopoulos finished fourth, followed closely by Ahmad Aljobeh. Peyton Reed placed 13th.

"Ari was furious he didn't get the chance to compete with (LaPorte's) Mitch (Hubner), but once he sees the team results, that's the bottom line," Prow said. "When they do their own thing, we have a lot worse results. We wanted to keep the pack together. We didn't want to push the pace."

Hubner blasted to a 4:44 opening mile and made it hold up. He crossed first in 15:34, 10 ticks in front of Morgan Township's Alec Kostelnik.

"I almost got a PR running the whole race by myself," Hubner said. "Mentally, I knew he was catching me. I was already far enough ahead, I would've looked like an idiot if he catches me. At that point, I took off. It hurt really bad, but everybody feels that."

Kostelnik fought off the lingering effects of a sinus infection to become Morgan's first state qualifier in the sport.

"I didn't know how I'd do, being sick," Kostelnik said. "I was 20 seconds faster (than regionals), but I felt the same, like I was just floating along. It's good to know hard work does pay off. I'm pumped for (state)."

Wheeler's Kyle Nurse also advanced individually, taking 14th thanks to a strong second half to his race.

"I always rely on my kick a lot," Nurse said. "I knew at the 3K, I had to start making my move. I wasn't sure what place I was in, so I started turning it on just in case. I'm pretty happy."

Chesterton's third-place finish was way more than coach Tim Ray could've imagined a month or so ago.

"For us, this was our state meet," Ray said. "The kids just kept working hard to get better. I'm so happy for them. We'll walk to the (starting) line (at state) with smiles on our faces."

The Trojans were paced by Tyler Rusboldt, who picked off several foes in the last stretch to claim third.

"I saw everybody there with 200 (meters) left and I just tried to get as many as I could," Rusboldt said. "My competitive nature took over."

On the girls side, Valpo withstood a nervous wait at the awards ceremony regarding timing chip numbers before accepting runner-up honors. West Lafayette edged the Vikings, 66-70.

"We were right there with a good team and not every girl had their best race, so that's good for us," coach Karen DeVries said. "It's something to look at for (state). Winning's always nice, but this could actually be a good thing. Maybe it will shake them up a little bit."

LaPorte's Elena Lancioni nipped Katelyn DeVries for third, 18:39.3 to 18:39.5. Bobbie Burgess of West Lafayette won in 18:22.

"I knew it would go out slow and I didn't want to push the pace," Lancioni said. "I made my move on the hill like I wanted to. I knew I was with a lot of good sprinters so I tried to pick it up and put a little more gap in between us. I knew Katelyn was right behind me."

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which local prep soccer semistate qualifier will most likely reach state?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses