Vanessa joins the cross country team as a freshman. Her success on her high school team reflects her passion for long distance running. In high school, she led her team as a co-captain her senior year and earned an all-region title (19:19). She placed first at the Championship Division of Coaches Classic her junior year. She became a member of the varsity track team her last semester and competed in the state finals in the 4x800m relay. She was also a member of the Riverside varsity soccer team for her first three years of high school. She was also a member of the German Honor Society and the Key Club.
Vanessa believes that time management and prioritizing tasks are the key elements to success when balancing cross country and school. In the winter of 2007, she traveled to her home country, Germany, where she lived until she was three years old.
Vanessa enjoys running, training and listening to music. She was born to Ralmond and Angelika Hartmann.