The WIAA began sponsoring a girls cross country tournament program in 1975. Prairie du Chien won the first championship with Waukesha South finishing runner-up.
The State meet has always been held in conjunction with the boys State meet. (See Boys Cross Country for history of sites of State meet). There was only one class of competition for the first three years (1975-77). It became two classes in 1978 and three classes in 1980. Terminology was changed from Classes A-B-C to Divisions 1-2-3 in 1990.
Waukesha West leads the way in number of State Championships with seven. Dodgeville/Mineral Point and Luxemburg-Casco have won the second-most titles with five. Albany, Edgar, Fennimore, La Crosse Central, Middleton, Mount Horeb (not including a title as a co-op program with Barneveld), Pewaukee and Tomahawk are tied for third with four each; followed by Arrowhead, Boscobel, Brookwood, Cochrane-Fountain City, Neenah, Prentice, Stevens Point, Tomahawk and Verona with three each.
Only Waukesha West has won four consecutive championships (1998-2001). Three consecutive titles have been won by Albany (1989-91), Dodgeville/Mineral Point (2010-12), Fennimore (1980-82), Middleton (1995-97), Neenah (1981-83), Pewaukee (2001-03), Prentice (1985-87) and La Crosse Central (1988-90). Molly Seidel of University Lake School (2008-11) and Suzy Favor of Stevens Point (1982-85) are the only Wisconsin girl cross country runners to win four State titles.
Cathy Branta of Slinger (1978-80) and Ashley Beutler of New Glarus/Monticello (2004, 2006-07) are the only other runners to have won three titles. Suzie Houston of Tomahawk (1975-76), Maryann Brunner of Waukesha North (1978-79), Jackie Anderson of Mount Horeb (1981-84), Clare Eichner of Wauwatosa East (1986-87), Amy Wickus of Baraboo (1988-89), Avrie Walters of La Crosse Logan (1991-92), Sue Daggett of Random Lake (1991-92), Kristina Betzhold of Eau Claire North (1993-94), Rachel Earney of Cochrane-Fountain City (1995-96), Liz Reusser of Middleton (1997-98), Kelly Bogard of Kimberly (2005, 2007), Gabby Levac of Arrowhead (2008-09) and Alexandra Fons of Franklin (2010-11) have two titles.
Dodgeville/Mineral Point, Mount Horeb, Slinger, Stevens Point and University Lake School have produced the most individual champions with four. Baraboo, Cochrane-Fountain City and Pardeeville have produced three individual champions. Individual titles have been won by runners from 67 different schools.
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