Two of the best high school distance runners in the area have announced their plans for where they’ll compete in college.
Pulaski senior Kailyn Jessel will run cross country at Butler University, while Green Bay Preble senior Daniel LaLuzerne will participate in cross country, along with track and field at the University of Wisconsin.
Jessel signed her national letter of intent Wednesday with Butler.
Jessel placed fifth at the WIAA Division 1 state cross country meet in November with a time of 18 minutes, 32.40 seconds.
The two-time state qualifier was the first girls runner in program history to finish in the top 10 at state since 2010. Jessel won Fox River Classic Conference and sectional titles on the way to leading the Red Raiders to state as a team.
Jessel is also a five-time state qualifier in track and field, placing sixth in the 1,600-meter run last year.
LaLuzerne was a four-time state qualifier in cross country. He placed fourth in Division 1 at state with a program-record time of 15 minutes, 46.42 seconds as a senior.
LaLuzerne, who won all his races prior to state as a senior, became the first runner in Preble history to post three straight top-15 finishes at the state cross country meet.
He is also a five-time state qualifier in track and field, helping the Hornets’ 3,200 relay team place third last year.