Sanchez first state run­ner-up from Re­gion since 2011

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Sports - Dave Mel­ton is a free­lance re­porter for the Post-Tri­bune.

High­land sopho­more Lu­cas Guerra wasn’t far from that pack, fin­ish­ing 11th in 16:04 af­ter start­ing the race with the lead group.

“I looked around and saw I was with all of the top guys in the state,” Guerra said. “And it kind of freaked me out, so I backed off a bit.

“Around the 2-kilo­me­ter mark, I re­al­ized what I had left so I started pick­ing it up and passed a few more guys.”

With Guerra in front, High­land was the top lo­cal team, plac­ing 12th with 329 points and win­ning the sixth-man tiebreaker over Hamil­ton South­east­ern and Low­ell.

“It’s crazy how much we went through this sea­son just to get here,” Guerra said. “The whole town was at the school to send us off on Fri­day.

“We’re just glad that we were able to rep­re­sent our town as best as pos­si­ble.”

La­Porte se­nior Mitchell Gits al­most missed the chance to rep­re­sent his school at state, af­ter a sub­par per­for­mance at last week’s semis­tate.

But he re­bounded, fin­ish­ing in 16:10 for 17th over­all.

“I went from win­ning at re­gion­als to al­most not mak­ing it to state to plac­ing in the top 20 here,” Gits said. “How does that hap­pen?”

Crown Point ju­nior Ge­n­e­sio Christo­fanelli was the fourth Re­gion run­ner to earn all-state hon­ors, plac­ing 18th in 16:12.

Gits, mean­while, pointed to the con­fi­dence boost he re­ceived af­ter earn­ing the re­gional ti­tle — his first win in high school.

“I knew that from there, I had no ex­cuse,” Gits said. “There was a lot of hard train­ing from June un­til now and be­liev­ing in my­self.”

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