Connor Danielson, son of Brad and Michelle Danielson, is a state-level competitor in track and cross country.
Connor Danielson, son of Brad and Michelle Danielson, is a state-level competitor in track and cross country.

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Quality Toyota Sports Spotlight: Connor Danielson [UPDATED]

Published 10:23am Thursday, October 24, 2013 Updated 10:23am Thursday, October 24, 2013

Today marks the Section 8AA cross country meet and Otter runner Connor Danielson’s attempt at another state meet.

As the race winds on, he’ll be crunching numbers and splits as he makes his way through the course, all in hopes of finishing at the top.

Q: What is your favorite subject?

A: I’d say social studies, particularly geography.

Q: What makes social studies your favorite subject?

A: I like the real world application of it and how it ties back to that.

Q: What other things do you participate in at school?

A: Basketball and NHS.

Q: What is something that people don’t know about you?

A: I was in the paper a few weeks ago for something other than running. We were driving on County Highway 1 and I hit a cow. I think my driving skills are pretty good because of that. (Laughs) It actually could have been worse.

Q: Anything else?

A: I own my own boat. I like to go fishing a lot.

Q: Do you have any music that pumps you up and gets you ready before a meet?

A: Sometimes I’ll listen to a little Van Halen.

Q: What goes through your head when you’re running out there?

A: On training days, I’ll run with Jake Jennen and we’ll talk about whatever if it’s not too strenuous of a run. In races, I stay pretty focused on the task at hand. I like to crunch numbers and splits in my head as we’re going, think about splits and what place I’m in and make sure I’m where I want to be. That occupies most of the race and I don’t think about much else.

Q: Do you have a favorite sports memory?

A: Two years ago we had a lot of really great guys in the senior class and we were a pretty solid team. Those guys really changed the culture of cross country and the distance part of track. I credit a lot of my success to those guys, the senior class of 2012.

Q: What’s it like running in a state meet?

A: You’re not in the front anymore, at least in my perspective. (Laughs) The Minnesota Class AA meet as the highest class has become one of the most competitive meets in the nation. In track, just being in the race was pretty sweet. Maybe this year as a senior I’ll try to shoot for All-State recognition. That would be pretty cool.


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