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Girls Cross Country All-Area Team

Updated: January 7, 2013 1:27PM



First team

Taylor Austin

Griffith senior

By the numbers: 22nd at state, eighth at semistate, first at regional, first at sectional, first at NCC meet

Raves: Her junior and senior years were worlds apart as she improved greatly, winning most of her regular-season races, as well as sectional and regional, despite not having a full team around her.

Elena Lancioni

LaPorte junior

By the numbers: 16th at state, fourth at semistate, first at regional, first at sectional, first at DAC meet

Raves: It seemed like she won every region meet east of the Lake County line, finishing the season with all-state honors. And she has one more year to get even better.

Allison Mundell

Valparaiso sophomore

By the numbers: 82nd at state, 25th at semistate, fourth at regional, fourth at sectional, second at DAC meet

Raves: She established herself as the Vikings’ latest young up-and-coming standout in posting top-five finishes in three straight big meets and helping the team earn another trip to the state finals.

Kyra Ball

Portage freshman

By the numbers: 74th at state, 16th at semistate, 11th at regional, fifth at sectional, third at DAC meet

Raves: It seemed like the freshman got better as the season wore on, finishing top five in the DAC and sectional races and helping her team advance to the state finals.

Mindy Whidden

Hobart junior

By the numbers: 20th at semistate, second at regional, second at sectional, second at NCC meet

Raves: One of the most improved runners in the area from last year, she just missed advancing to the state finals, but should be even better next season.

Second team

Aurora Bonner

Valparaiso junior

By the numbers: 79th at state, 41st at semistate, eighth at regional, ninth at sectional, fourth at DAC meet

Raves: She was one of the up-and-coming Vikings who posted her first postseason top-10 finishes this season in helping her team advance to the state finals.

Haley Cushway

Chesterton junior

By the numbers: 36th at semistate, 10th at regional, 12th at sectional, sixth at DAC meet

Raves: She was part of the Trojans’ quiet group that let its running do the talking. She posted postseason career bests in helping lead her team to the state finals.

Kyleigh Werner

South Central sophomore

By the numbers: 37th at semistate, second at regional, third at sectional, first at PCC meet

Raves: After failing to advance to the regional by one spot as a freshman, she redeemed herself and then some in advancing to semistate. State will be the main goal next season.

Hannah Hoffman

Chesterton senior

By the numbers: 102nd at state, 28th at semistate, sixth at regional, sixth at sectional, seventh at DAC meet

Raves: She finished her cross country career with a consistent postseason in helping the Trojans reach the state finals.

Michelle Kent

Kankakee Valley sophomore

By the numbers: 22nd at semistate, seventh at regional, first at sectional, third at NCC meet

Raves: She burst onto the scene this season with a couple big regular-season dual meet victories against tough competition, as well as a nice postseason resume.

— Steve T. Gorches

Honorable mention

Andrean: Becca Conley; Calumet: Danielle Smar; Chesterton: Kassidy Scott, Rosie Biehl, Melanie Buckmaster; Crown Point: Kayla McGurk, Allison Carpenter, Hannah Wallace, Alexis Carpenter, Allison Wortel; Hebron: Payton Schatz, Lexie Schatz, Abby Getautas; Highland: Amber Przyborski, Fanny Davalos; Hobart: Celena Guerrero; Kankakee Valley: Allison Rockley, Brittany Steep, Kaylin Orsburn; LaCrosse: Taylor Guse; Lake Central: Megan Zajac, Sarah Hudi, Jade Tazbir, Zoe Carroll, Tatiana Lazic, Alaina Willis; Lowell: Sarah Edwards, Sarah Wieser; Merrillville: Victoria Collins, Kara Phillips; Munster: Emily McNicholas, Rebecca Karnezis, Colleen Ogren, Mykaela Burton; North Judson: Kendall Gardner, Olivia Lickwar; North Newton: Kaila Moskalick; Portage: Paige Pizer; Rensselaer: Riley Hickman, Morgan Garrity, LeeAllison Korniak; Valparaiso: Michaela Gazdich, Sydnye Nosbusch, Elizabeth Joll; West Side: Troynesha Sago; Wheeler: Kelly O’Shea

— Steve T. Gorches



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