“I think it will be a big adjustment just because there are so many girls that are crazy good in college,” Wagner said.
Teammate junior Liam Anderson has witnessed Wagner grow as a runner for the past three years.
“She’s out there every single day really willing to put in the work and she’s always striving to get better and be better and that shows up in the results,” Anderson said.
Anderson said he believes that her hard work is translated to her teammates.
“Every year she’s been here, [the girls’ team] has won MCALs,” Anderson said. “She takes her work really seriously and she knows you get out what you put in. That attitude is projected onto the team, especially the girls’ team.”
According to Wagner, her freshman and sophomore year she was a strong asset to the team, but it wasn’t until her junior year where she was the clear standout runner of the team.
“That’s when I had a breakthrough in cross country. My times literally got better and I was a better runner, but I also gained a lot of confidence and that helped,” Wagner said.
Anderson also said that her confidence is what makes her so strong on the track.
“She runs a lot more confidently than a lot of other runners do. She can run from the front of the race and lead the whole way or she can run from the middle or back of the pack. No matter where she is in the pack, she runs like she’s in control of the race,” Anderson said. “You know when it comes to who is going to be crossing the finish line, she knows that she is in the right spot to do that.”