Girls Cross Country
2018 Season Review
A young girls cross country team, with 48% of the team made up of freshmen or runners new to the sport, saved its best races for the postseason, with two third-place finishes and a 16th-place effort. The third-place finish at sectional tied for the second-best sectional finish in program history. The team followed that up the next weekend with a third-place regional finish, which matched the program’s best-ever regional place. The postseason wrapped up with a 16th-place finish at semi-state, which tied for the second-best semi-state finish in program history. The tournament lineup mirrored the team’s youthful makeup, with four freshmen, two sophomores and a senior.
Freshman Ashley Flick earned the team’s MVP award. She ran a 19:19 in the regional, which established her as the fastest freshman in program history and the fourth-fastest runner overall. Flick put together a three-week stretch that saw her win the Marion County freshmen title, finish sixth in the sectional and fifth in the regional. In the season’s first race, she became the first All-Circle City Conference runner in program history by finishing ninth in the conference race. Fellow freshman Lauren Turk joined Flick on the all-sectional and all-regional teams by finishing 14th (sectional) and 19th (regional). Freshman Kylie Perkins ran to all-sectional honors with a 20th-place sectional finish.
Senior Katie Minton was named Academic All-State by both the Indiana Association of Track and Cross County Coaches (IATCC) and the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA). Senior Kate McNulty won the team’s mental attitude award. Under first-year head coach Robyn Witty, the team developed throughout the season, so that 75% of the runners had run career-best times by season’s end.