Valparaiso Girls, FW Concordia’s McKaig Capture State Championships
Senior Racheal Marchand finished fourth (14:14.0) and freshman Lauren Hardesty placed 12th (14:41.6) to lead Valparaiso to its second consecutive state championship and its fourth in five years under coach Karen DeVries. The Vikings totaled 78 points in the meet which was contested under overcast skies and temperatures in the mid-60s but parts of the course were muddied due to overnight rain. Also scoring for the defending state champs were senior Julie Martz in 23rd (15:02.2), freshman Amanda Hardesty in 30th (15:15.9) and junior Erica Johnson in 44th (15:26.2).
The Vikings outdistanced Duneland Conference rival Chesterton (120 points) for the top spot as the Trojans placed three runners in the top 20 overall, including senior Cassie Peller in 10th and sophomore Mary Ballinger in 11th. Chesterton had placed third in the state meet a year ago. Rounding out the top five teams were Lawrence North with 136, last year’s state runner-up Northridge with 143 and DeKalb at 146.
outdueled defending state champion Katie Harrington of
Concordia Lutheran’s Alissa McKaig Named Mental Attitude Award Winner
capturing the individual state championship, Alissa McKaig of
The award goes to the senior in the state finals meet who best demonstrates mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability during the four years of high school.
Outside of athletics, McKaig is a leader in her school’s Koinonia Group, a student-led, staff supported student mentoring program. She is also active in the Key Club and National Honor Society and also serves as a Sunday School teacher for four-year-olds.
Academically, she ranks at the very top of her class of 186 students with a 4.08 GPA and was selected Academic All-State earlier this year. She is undecided on her college choice.
She never lost a cross country race this season and finished All-State for the third consecutive year. She has run track and field the previous three years and also participated in soccer and swimming as a freshman and sophomore.
She is the
daughter of Edward and Cynthia McKaig of
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