Kaukauna captured its first WIAA state girls cross country championship to cap an unusual 2020 fall season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Galloping Ghosts finished with 79 points to outscore runner-up Whitefish Bay by seven points on October 31 in Hartland.
The 12-team championship meet was run in three sessions with four teams and 10 individual qualifiers per session. Kaukauna was one of four Fox Valley Association schools to participate in girls cross country during the fall along with Hortonville, Kimberly and Neenah. Out of the 421 schools that sponsor the sport statewide, 74 (17.5 percent) will run in an alternate season in the spring, including the remaining six FVA teams.
Kaukauna was led by senior Anna Fauske, who posted a 5K time of 18:23 to finish fourth overall. Alexa Kinas placed 17th, Sydney Fauske was 24th, Cailin Kinas was 39nd and Olivia Ahrens was 50th.
It marks Kaukauna's 23rd WIAA state title and 11th since 2014. Neenah is the only other FVA school to win a girls cross country state title, claiming three straight from 1981-83.