Kickapoo-La Farge Cross Country putting together historic season

The State cross country meet is less than a day away, and one program poised for a big day is Kickapoo-La Farge. Both the boys and girls will run at State.

The girls have made it back a second straight year and will have senior Anelise Egge leading them once again. She’s medaled at State each of the last three years and is a four-time conference champion.

It’s a historic season for the boys, who will send the team to state for the first time since 1975. The boys have been a team on the rise with back-to-back conference titles, and coming into this fall, this co-op team knew they were capable of something special.

“Just looking at the previous results, we’re like, we think we can do it this year,” boys top runner Nolan Reese said. “This is the year. We’re a strong team.”

“We won conference our freshman year, and since then our team has just really grown,” said Egge. “More people have come out for the sport and we’ve really gotten better as a team. We like to say peak at sectionals, and cruise at State.”

It’ll be an extra unique day for Lorena Soriano Nunez, who’s a foreign exchange student from Spain. Her host family includes sisters Jayla and Jadence Nagel, who are two of the top runners on the girls team. She was only going to play basketball this school year, but the Nagels got her to try cross country for the first time ever. In the last month, she has shaved three minutes off her time.

“I think she really likes cross country now,” said Egge. “She’s gotten so much better since the beginning of the season, and the Nagel sisters are super fun, really good to Lorena.”

“It was very difficult for me because I had never run before,” Soriano Nunez said. “I’m very proud of my team.”

The State meet is Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.