Girls’ Cross Country Dominates 2019-2020 Season

Girls’ Cross Country successful season leads to their seventh appearance at state finals

Kaitlyn Mackovyack moves to the next pack at the IHSAA Girls XC State Finals.

Tommy Elwood, Photography Editor

There were many team and individual successes from the 2019-2020 fall sports teams at Portage High School. Among them included the Girls’ Cross Country program.

The program made their first state finals appearance in 2015. This is the program’s 20th appearance in history, and it is quite the feat to be accomplished. They placed 3rd at their sectional, 2nd at their regional, and an impressive 4th place finish at the Semi-State meet. 

The Indians’s were led by seniors, but everyone on the team contributed to the result at the Semi-State. Running on the Varsity team was Morgan McCulloch, Kaitlyn Mackovyak, Brisa Martinez, Emilee Craigin, Anna Timm, Soraya Loubriel and Amanda Purnick. 

This year’s performance opened up the door for the young group of runners on the team. 

Along with their performance on the course, they earned the highest team GPA award for fall sports for the 5th year in a row. A lot of the girls on the team are involved in many other activities at PHS and also run track in the Spring. 

Senior Anna Timm has been running for four years at the high school and says this was her favorite year. 

“It started off okay and got better as the season went on. As a team it was great; meet after meet we got better with times and our places,” said Timm. 

Timm’s favorite part of the season was traveling down to the IHSAA State Cross Country Finals in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

“I’ve been down to Terre Haute in the past as a spectator to see my sister run but going down there to race was infinitely better,” said Timm.  “While the course is not my favorite, it was the best way to finish off my senior year, especially after desperately wanting to go back down since freshman year.”

Timm plans to continue running throughout her life and says it would be hard to just quit something that she did for a majority of her childhood. 

Overall, congrats to the Portage Girls XC Team on all their accomplishments this year that they hope to carry into the 2020/2021 Season!