Girls track: Chesterton edges Merrillville at DAC indoor
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent March 19, 2013 11:26PM
Merrillville's A'Leah Scott, right, clears a hurdle ahead of Chesterton's Haylee Corzan during the girls 200 meter hurdle event at the DAC track meet at Portage high school Tuesday Mar. 19, 2013. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 21, 2013 6:53AM
PORTAGE — Chesterton’s girls track squad knows all about narrow victories.
The Trojans won last year’s sectional by a half point over second-place Valparaiso.
At Tuesday’s night DAC indoor meet, the Trojans again showed their flair for the dramatic, as their team score of 112 barely topped second-place Merrillville (110.5) and third place Portage (110). Merrillville had won the previous two editions of this meet.
“My team was awesome today,” Chesterton coach Steve Kearney said. “It started off on shot put. We had two girls go over 30 feet for the first time this year. That really set the tone.”
The final standings, though, weren’t settled until the final race of the day — the 1,600-meter relay. The Chesterton quartet of Autianna Peters, Kaylee Lindahl, Ana Acevedo and Jodyn Kincy teamed up for a time of 4:22.87 and a second-place finish, only 0.26 seconds ahead of the Portage relay team, but fast enough to seal the victory.
The Trojans even overcame a stumble-and-fall by Kincy on the final leg of the race.
“I just knew I had to finish, because I knew the other teams were right behind me,” said Kincy, who also finished second in the 200-meter hurdles. “We were so close in the turn that her feet just hit me. I knew that I just had to finish, though. It happens.”
After finding out her team had won, Kincy added: “I’m elated. We had so many people that did well; I’m proud of my team.”
Portage coach Earl Coleman said of his team’s second-place finish: “We’re excited about what they did. Are we satisfied? Probably not. But we’re glad that our kids came here to compete.”
Coleman highlighted the performances of two runners, in particular: Jade McKnight, who won the long jump and finished third in the 55-meter dash, and Paige Pizer, who won the 800-meter dash and was part of the winning 4x800-meter relay team.