Kylie Hagmann did not stand out as a freshman runner at Woodstock, but she worked hard and was a fast learner.
By her sophomore season, Hagmann was finishing with the top groups in most races and became a Class 2A All-State runner.
This season, the senior won the Kishwaukee River Conference title and had her best finish (10th) at state, earning All-State for the third consecutive year.
Hagmann was selected as the Northwest Herald Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year by the sports staff.
Crystal Lake South’s Mackenzie Aldridge also was given strong consideration. Hagmann answered a few questions from Northwest Herald senior sports writer Joe Stevenson about Blue Streaks cross country history, Disney princesses, the best part of competing and more.
What would be your dream job?
Hagmann: To either work as a travel journalist or a book editor in New York City. I want to be able to travel a lot in the future.
Who was your favorite Disney princess?
Hagmann: Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” I’ve always loved to read, so I am really drawn to her character. Right now, I am reading “In the Afterlight” by Alexandra Bracken, “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway and “A Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time” by Mark Haddon.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you in a race?
Hagmann: I have fallen many times while running, both in practice and races. My worst fall was last winter while running at Emricson. I fell on ice while I was running with my brother and split my lip open. It’s not funny when it happens, but it’s usually a funny story later.
What do you eat after you’re done racing?
Hagmann: I don’t eat anything specific after my races, but all of my teammates know that I love Fiji water, and I drink it all the time.
Which of your teammates inspires you?
Hagmann: My running partner is Shannon Koscinski, and she inspires me every day because she is a very tough runner and has a deep love for running like I do. She has helped me become a much better runner, and she is always there for me no matter what. Distance running requires an enormous amount of work and commitment, so I have a ton of respect for all of my teammates.
What was the last really good movie you saw in a theater?
Hagmann: I just recently watched “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” They were both really good, and they have awesome soundtracks.
What Woodstock girls have won state cross country titles?
Hagmann: Kayla Beattie (Class 2A in 2009, 2010) and Katie Hartmann (Class 2A in 1999). My coaches put together books for each team member at the end of every season. The books contain stats and pictures from our current season, but they also include stats from XC alumni. The history and traditions of Woodstock High School cross country are important to our team.
Who’s the most famous person you have taken a picture with?
Hagmann: This year, before the Chicago Marathon, I met U.S. Olympian Alexi Pappas at the Champion store in Chicago. She is one of my absolute favorite professional runners, and she was so nice in person. Her talk was really inspirational, and she took pictures with everyone.
What is the best part about competing in sports?
Hagmann: The best part of being an athlete is meeting so many of my closest friends through cross country. Coach Jay Fuller and (assistant) coach Bill Macaulay have built our team to make it feel like a family. Running is also a sport that you can participate in throughout your whole life.
What is your favorite wild animal?
Hagmann: My favorite wild animals are seals because I think they are really cute.
What celebrity would you most like to hang with for a day?
Hagmann: I would hang out with Shawn Mendes for a day because I love his music. He is one of my favorite musicians. I have seen him in concert three times. One of my favorite actors is Timothée Chalamet, so I would hang out with him, too.
What scares you?
Hagmann: I have a huge fear of spiders. Also, I do not do well with shots at the doctor’s office. I have had many close calls of passing out after I get them.
What is one of your biggest pet peeves?
Hagmann: When people kick the back of your chair in a movie theater.
What goes through your mind in those moments right before a race?
Hagmann: Right before a race, I think about running for my teammates and all of the training we have put into running fast for the next
What’s a song on your iPod that people would not suspect is there?
Hagmann: I have a lot of songs from The Doors on my iPod, which would probably be surprising to most people.