As a freshman at Woodstock, Kylie Hagmann looked up to senior teammate Grace Beattie as a mentor who helped with her career.
Hagmann will be reunited with Beattie next fall as cross country teammates at NCAA Division I Illinois State University. Hagmann signed her National Letter of Intent with the Redbirds for cross country and track and field on Wednesday.
Hagmann was chosen as the 2018 Northwest Herald Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year after taking 10th in the Class 2A State Meet and winning the Kishwaukee River Conference title. She has finished as an All-Stater three times in cross country and twice in track (in the 3,200 meters).
“I really liked the coaches a lot and I had a chance to meet the team and really liked the girls,” Hagmann said. “I’m really excited about (being with Grace again) too. She comes back sometimes (in the summer) and runs with us. She definitely helped me meet people, she’s been a big part of it.”
Hagmann’s three top schools were ISU, Miami (Ohio) and New York University, a D-III school. Hagmann made her decision in December and signed on Wednesday.
“She’s such a great kid, a great role model for everybody, she’s great with her teammates,” Blue Streaks coach Jay Fuller said. “She’s done everything the right way forever.”
Hagmann finished fourth in the Woodstock Regional, then seventh at the Woodstock North Sectional to secure her third trip to state. Her 10th-place finish was the best of her three all-state performances.
“It’s really cool. I’m so glad I can continue running in college,” Hagmann said. “I’m thankful I get to keep doing this. It’s a stressful decision, and it feels good to have it done.”