Wildcats are top Minnesota team at Griak Invite

No. 1-ranked Eagan girls prepare for SSC cross country meet

The Eagan girls cross country team finished third in the girls Gold Division at the Roy Griak Invitational, but the Wildcats won the meet within the meet.

Teams from Illinois and California took the top two spots at the meet Sept. 29 at Bolstad University Golf Course. Eagan, ranked No. 1 in Class AA, was the top Minnesota team, two points ahead of Wayzata, which is ranked second in the state.

Eagan senior Danielle Anderson finished third in the 5,000-meter race in 18 minutes, 17.5 seconds. Anderson has finished in the top three in all five of her races this fall and has won two of them.

Raissa Hansen was 34th among runners in the team competition in 20:02. Kelli Praska (42nd, 20:13), Olivia Mitchell (47th, 20:19) and Karina Johnson (60th, 20:33) also scored for the Wildcats. Anna Van Wyk was 64th and was one second out of the Wildcats’ top five. Elizabeth Frick (79th), Bridget McGivern (157th), Dani Marshall (287th) and Reilly Hostager (324th) also ran in Eagan’s varsity lineup.

Shakopee senior Maria Hauger, the three-time defending state Class AA champion, won the Griak Invitational Gold Division race in 17:50.

Eagan will go to a meet in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., on Saturday for its final tune-up before the South Suburban Conference meet, which is Oct. 12 at Eagan High School.


Ninth-grader Margie Freed helped Eastview to 19th place in the girls Gold Division race at the Griak Invitational. Freed finished in 19:55, 30th overall and 27th among runners in the team competition.

Senior Brooke Haesmeyer was 87th among runners in the team competition in 20:58. Ninth-grader Laura Bestul (113th), sophomore Lauren Herland (129th), junior Kailey Hedberg (210th), junior Jenna Brandel (218th) and junior Ellie Cardnal (230th) also competed for the Lightning.