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Keys To The Race: Great Lakes Regionals

Nov. 10, 2016

By Megan Golden

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Notre Dame cross country team traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, in preparation for its Great Lakes Regional Championship meet at 1 p.m. ET on Friday at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.

The Great Lakes Regional Championship consists of 31 men’s teams and 34 women’s teams from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The Irish travel roster includes a youthful men’s squad seeking experience in the postseason, while the women’s squad includes three of its top five runners from last year’s meet.

Meet Information
When: Friday, November 11, 2016
Where: Thomas Zimmer Championship Course (Madison, Wis.)
Women’s Championship 6K: 1 p.m. ET
Men’s Championship 10K: 2 p.m. ET

Great Lakes Regionals History
The Notre Dame men’s team won its last regional meet in 2001, when the team competed in Terre Haute, Indiana. The women’s team was last crowned champion in 2009 in Bloomington, Indiana.

On the men’s side, Wisconsin has placed first as a team in 10 of the last 12 seasons. Michigan’s men’s squad won two of the last three seasons, including the 2015 meet. Michigan’s women’s team has won the meet four times in the last five seasons.

Looking Back At 2015
The Notre Dame women finished second as a team in the 2015 Great Lakes Regional Championship (79 points). The team returns four women from last year’s regional roster, including Anna Rohrer (second, 20:18.4), Rachel DaDamio (21st, 21:02.6) and Annie Heffernan (28th, 21:14.9).

The Irish men’s team placed fourth at last year’s regional meet (127 points). The team has four runners returning to Madison for this year’s meet, including Jacob Dumford (39th, 31:39.9), Brent Kennedy (44th, 31:49.4), Chris Marco (48th, 31:52.9) and Anthony Williams (131st, 33:27.6).

Irish Lineup
Men’s Team
Jacob Dumford (Sr.)
Brent Kennedy (So.)
Tyler Keslin (Fr.)
Dustin Macuiba (Fr.)
Chris Marco (Sr.)
Peter Monahan (Fr.)
Anthony Williams (So.)

Women’s Team
Danielle Aragon (GS)
Rachel DaDamio (So.)
Sydney Foreman (Jr.)
Jessica Harris (Jr.)
Annie Heffernan (So.)
Lexi Pelletier (Jr.)
Anna Rohrer (So.)

Track(ing) Results
Live results are available at Be sure to follow the Irish @NDXCTF on Twitter for a behind-the-scenes perspective of the meet.


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.