Female athlete of the week: Rachel Eickhoff, St. Cloud Cathedral

Female athlete of the week: Rachel Eickhoff, St. Cloud Cathedral

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Female athlete of the week: Rachel Eickhoff, St. Cloud Cathedral

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* Year in school/sport: Sophomore runner on the Crusaders’ girls cross country team.

* Highlights: Eickhoff finished 16th Saturday at the state Class A championships in Northfield, finishing in a time of 15 minutes, 13 seconds. It helped her earn all-state honors for the second straight year.

* What has competing in athletics taught you? “It’s taught me to set goals for myself and it’s taught me to be more appreciative when good things happen. With our team this year not being 100 percent healthy, it’s taught me to be appreciative of the support you get from your teammates.’

* What’s your most memorable high school moment? “It would probably have to be winning state last year as a team and being on the stage with Coach Larry (Haws) and Coach KellY (Haws). Finally, after all that hard work, we were rewarded. Last year was really special with Coach Larry (who has passed away from cancer).”

* What’s your pre-meet routine? “I try not to stress out too much. I try to relax. I do a lot of run-outs and warmups. I know if I’m a little bit nervous, I’m ready. But I don’t try to psych myself out and think about the race too much. I understand that everyone’s trying to do the same thing.”

* What’s your most embarrassing high school moment? “I do some embarrassing stuff, but I don’t get embarrassed enough that it stands out. I was talking to one of the Sartell boys in cross country about Nordic skiing and I tend to talk a lot. I’m sure he was wondering why I was talking to him so much.”

* Favorite food: Spaghetti and meatballs, especially before a race.

* Favorite movie: Despicable Me. And for inspiration, she watches The Blindside or Long Green Line.

* Favorite TV show: “I don’t really watch much TV.”

* Favorite Web site/video game: Pinterest for a website. She plays Just Dance IV on WII.

* What are your post-high-school plans? She’d like to run at a Division I college if her times keep improving. She’s interested in working with athletes, either in sports medicine or personal training.

* What’s next? Eickhoff is gearing up for the Nordic ski season. Last season, she missed qualifying for state by one position.

— Tom Elliott

To nominate someone, send e-mails to telliott@stcloudtimes.com.

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