Andrew Jankowski was first in for Valpo placing 3rd overall with a time of 16:39.
Jankowski said, “This is the third year in a row our team has won Sectionals. It would be awesome for Valpo to carry on that streak to Regionals and Semi-State. Today it was great to have all our guys in a pack for so long and we all finished together and that’s always our goal to keep the pack together as long as possible with as little gap as possible at the end, and we accomplished that.”
Coach Mike Prow said, “Jankowski worked really hard and it’s his year. He is a senior and he is a great leader on the team. He’s one of the best leaders but, it’s about the team, it’s not about individuals, but Andrew deserves this honor. We won this meet but we still need better times and need to keep getting better at each meet coming up. We won today and any win is a good win. Today we had a beautiful pack performance. Everything that happened for us was good; it was a great team effort. Our last two guys finished 17 and 19 which means all 7 of our guys were in the top 20.”
The Sectionals race was ran at Sunset Hill on the Chesterton course. Conditions were rainy, cold, and slippery, but the damp weather conditions didn’t prevent La Porte’s Anthony Didion from once again placing 1st in the race. Didion finished with an astounding time of 16:02. Didion proved that in any weather condition, if you keep focused, you can accomplish the goal of winning.
Top 20 boys:
Top 5 schools advancing to Regionals for the boys:
La Porte girls took the first place title, taking the trophy home with 59 points. Elena Lancioni placed first overall with a time of 18:44.
The motto for the Portage girls team is, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!” Portage has their eyes focused on the Regional title this Saturday.
On the Portage team for the last 4 seasons is Portage senior Janee Escobedo, confident in her team’s ability to win the Regional title.
Escobedo said, “I am very proud of the team and at Regionals we are going to be 1st because we practice and work hard every day.”