Woodstock’s cross country team did not know what it had three years ago when Kylie Hagmann was a freshman.
Blue Streaks coach Jay Fuller remembers that Hagmann finished 10th in a team run early that season, which did not exactly make her stand out.
Hagmann worked hard though. She learned from older runners and put in more miles. And the next year she started a remarkable streak by taking 22nd in the Class 2A girls race at the IHSA Cross Country State Meet.
Hagmann will be shooting for her fifth All-State finish (two in cross country, two in track) with Saturday’s state meet at Peoria’s Detweiller Park. She can join an elite group of former Woodstock girls runners with Kayla and Maura Beattie and Katie Hartmann, who have been cross country All-Staters (top 25 finishes) three times.
The Class 1A girls race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by another race each hour with Class 1A boys, 2A girls, 2A boys, 3A girls and 3A boys. The last race is a 2 p.m. start.
Hagmann and Prairie Ridge’s Chelsea Gale will be trying to repeat at All-Staters in 2A.
“I’m really grateful for this season and my four years running at Woodstock High School,” Hagmann said. “I’ve had really great teammates and really great coaches and even my competitors are really nice people. I’m just really grateful for everyone.”
Hagmann said Grace Beattie and Kate Jacobs were two of the older Streaks who made an impact with her early in her career.
“I had a lot of great teammates my freshman year,” she said. “They helped bring me up with them, they were always nice to me. I just tried to stick with the group of older girls, especially Kate, my sophomore year.”
Fuller calls Hagmann one of the “greatest kids I’ve ever had.”
“She’s such a great kid, a great role model for everybody, she’s great with her teammates,” Fuller said. “She’s done everything the right way forever. She knew last Saturday it was a big-time race, it’s time to go. She knows what it takes, how much it’s going to hurt, and she doesn’t complain about it.”
Hagmann is looking at Illinois State University, where she could reunite with Grace Beattie, Miami (Florida) and New York University (an NCAA Division III school), to run in college. She finished 13th in state cross country last year. She was sixth in the Class 2A 3,200 meters at the IHSA Girls Track and Field State Meet as a sophomore and eighth as a junior.
Gale leads Prairie Ridge’s team to the state meet this season. She finished 10th last year and now gets to run with her senior sister Chloe. Their mother, Christine, won the Class A state title at Detweiller in 1988 for Genoa-Kingston.
Crystal Lake South’s girls, led by Fox Valley Conference champion Mackenzie Aldridge, will run at state for the first time. In Class 3A, Cary-Grove repeated as a team qualifier with many of the same runners from last season.
In the 2A boys race, Marian Central’s Ryan Jones, who narrowly missed All-State the last two years in Class 1A, will get another shot. He took seventh in the Woodstock North Sectional last week. Crystal Lake Central will run as a team.
In Class 3A, Huntley’s team qualified for the first time since 2014. Ian Geisler took second individually at the Waubonsie Valley Sectional to lead the Red Raiders.
GIRLS STATE QUALIFIERS
Teams: Prairie Ridge (Chelsea Gale, Michaela Pieroni, Carsen Forte, Delaney Minutillo, Allie Klauser, Aluara Busch, Katie Harth), Crystal Lake South (Mackenzie Aldridge, Chelsea Greene, Emma Murphy, Addie Frisch, Elise Gorman, Bianca Garay, Emma Heuck).
Individuals: Kyle Hagmann (Woodstock), Kylie Smith (Crystal Lake Central).
Team: Cary-Grove (Maggie Mason, Morgan Dieschbourg, Allison Drage, Delaney Blohm, Ellie Miller).
BOYS STATE QUALIFIERS
Team: Crystal Lake Central (Keegan Smalley, Jack Flynn, Adam Zentner, Austin May, Julian Ryerson, Nate Kopp, Nick Camacho).
Individuals: Ryan Jones (Marian Central).
Team: Huntley (Ian Geisler, Jadon Conroy, Chris Simek, Jeremy Roe, Jimmy Ozzauto, Shaaf Iqbal, Brice Klepfer).
Individuals: Zach Albrecht (Jacobs), Mark Lemke (Jacobs), Maxum Caesar (Cary-Grove).