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Minooka girls lead All-Area cross country team

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 10:04 p.m. CDT
(Morris Daily Herald file photo)
Minooka freshman runner Ashley Tutt (1611) was one of three freshmen on this year's Morris Daily Herald girls All-Area cross country team.

Dwight High School runner Daly Galloway had a great freshman season running for the Gardner-South Wilmington cross country team. Her personal best time of 17:30 was good for third place down at Detweiller Park at state. Galloway and two other freshmen from Minooka anchor this year’s Morris Daily Herald All-Area girls cross country team for their efforts this fall.

Like Galloway, all seven Minooka girls turned in their best times of the season at the state finals where, as a team, the Indians placed sixth overall.

Ashley Tutt

Minooka freshman

Was just 10 seconds behind Galloway’s area-best time of the season at the Class 3A IHSA state finals. She finished 26th overall and missed being All-State by six seconds.

“She had a tremendous freshman season. She came in at a very high level; however, she worked extremely hard to make herself a better distance runner,” Minooka coach Kevin Gummerson said. “She was a [Southwest Prairie] Conference champ, all-regional and all-sectional and also ran the fastest time for a Minooka Indian at Channahon Community Park.”

Mackenzie Callahan

Minooka freshman

Had a season best time of 18:06 down at Detweiller while finishing 42nd overall.

“Mackenzie had a huge impact on this team in her first year in high school,” Gummerson said. “She was all-conference, a regional champion and all-sectional. She had an unbelievable amount of fight in her and she always found a way to stay in the race, even when she was hurting.”

Morgan Crouch

Minooka sophomore

A slow start saw her with a finishing kick and a time of 18:15 in the state finals.

“Morgan battled back from an early-season injury and put together an impressive postseason,” Gummerson said. “Morgan saved her best races for the last two meets of the year. She is very driven and is going to continue to get better each season.”

Caleigh Beverly

Minooka senior

Turned in a personal-best time of 18:23 on Nov. 9 with the rest of her teammates.

“She had a great senior year. She was able to stick with it and overcame some injuries and ran her best race as a Minooka Indian on the biggest stage,” Gummerson said. “Caleigh is extremely tough and you could always count on her to race with a ton of excitement.”

Kaitlyn Chetney

Minooka senior

Again, the 18:34 she turned in at Detwellier was her best of the season.

“Kaitlyn had an incredible ability to move her way up through the field throughout the last few races. She was confident enough to get out under control and then make a decisive move over the middle part of the race,” Gummerson said. “Chetney worked extremely hard to develop that strength over the last mile.”

Moria McAsey

Minooka senior

Put up an 18:39 at the Class 3A state finals.

“Moria has come a long way since her freshman year. She dedicated herself to the sport and then became extremely excited about what she was doing. Once she started to believe she could be successful, the results started to show.”

Haley McNamara

Minooka senior

Her Detweiller time was 18:49 and she just missed finishing in the top 100.

“Haley had another great season. She put it together when it mattered the most and was always willing to help the younger athletes,” Gummerson said. “She closed out an impressive high school career with a quality state performance meet.”

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