Eagan High School Athletes to Watch: Girls Cross Country Team

Check back each morning on Eagan Patch as we go sport-by-sport, profiling the top athletes on each team.

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As the fall sports season gets underway, these athletes are primed to lead their teams to victory. Check back each morning on Eagan Patch as we go sport-by-sport, profiling the top athletes on each team. 


Name: Danielle Anderson
Grade: Senior
Sport: Girls Cross Country
Strengths: Anderson had a breakout year in the 2011-2012 cross country season, when she placed first at the sections meet and went on to an eighth-place finish at the state meet, according to Coach Lisa Langenhahn.  Anderson put in plenty of training hours this summer, and is fresh off her participation in a national track meet in June, Langenhahn added.

Langenhahn hopes Anderson can improve on her 14:23 time in the section meet last year, and run times in the lower 14s throughout the season.

"She really has been coming on strong in the last year," Langenhahn said. "She works hard and I think she was surprised last year in how well she did. She is an elite runner, but she doesn't separate herself from the rest of the team."

Name: Raissa Hansen
Grade: Senior
Sport: Girls Cross Country
Strengths: After logging roughly 250 miles of running this summer, Eagan High School junior Raissa Hansen is set for a productive running season, according to Girls Cross Country Coach Lisa Langenhahn. Hansen, who was part of the EHS section championship team last year, hit a best time of 15:29 in the 2011-2012 season, Langenhahn said.

Not only is Hansen a key contributor to the team, she's always an outgoing runner who doesn't hesitate to tell stories and engage with her teammates while on practice runs, Langenhahn said.

Langenhahn thinks Hansen may produce times in the low 15s or high 14s this year, as long as she believes in herself and her own abilities.

"She's stronger and she's able to keep that consistency, which I think is really going to help her throughout the season," Langenhahn said.


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