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Cross Country Squads Divide And Conquer

Oct. 14, 2016

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By Megan Golden

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s cross country squads closed out the regular season with two top-10 team finishes.

The Irish women placed ninth as a team in the Nuttycombe Invitational 6K (Madison, Wisconsin), led by sophomores Anna Rohrer (20:03.4) and Annie Heffernan (20:38.5). Rohrer finished third individually, while Heffernan crossed the finish line in 22nd place.

Senior Danielle Aragon (21:13.7), junior Lexi Pelletier (21:19.2) and sophomore Rachel DaDamio (21:38.2) rounded out the top five for the Irish.

The men’s squad competed in the Bradley Classic 8K (Peoria, Illinois), finishing in fourth place as a team. Irish sophomore Anthony Williams (24:29.1) led Notre Dame, followed by seniors Chris Marco (25:15.2) and Jacob Dumford (25:18.5).

Runner of the Nuttycombe Invitational
For the second consecutive time this season, Rohrer is the runner of the meet on the women’s side. Just two weeks after finishing in first place at the Joe Piane Invitational, Rohrer led the way for Notre Dame, finishing in third place. Rohrer’s time was just seven seconds shy of her Irish personal record in a 6K race (19:56.4), set at last year’s Wisconsin adidas Invitational.

Runner of the Bradley Classic
Williams ended the regular season with a strong performance in his third career 8K with Notre Dame, setting an Irish PR of 24:29.1. Williams’ previous PR (25:01.7) for an 8K race was set at the ACC Championships in 2015.

Williams Says…
On his performance in today’s meet…
“I had a pretty good day. I competed much better today with more confidence than I have all season, and that’s something that I need to continue to work on.”

On the team’s mindset heading into next week…
“The mindset as a team is that we still have a lot of room to grow right now, and we’re going to need to come together and be confident as a team as we prepare for conference.”

Postseason Notes
The Irish return to action at the ACC Championships on October 28 at Wakemed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.


Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.