Oct. 3, 2016
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame sophomore Anna Rohrer today was named USTFCCCA Cross Country National Athlete of the Week for the first time in her short college career.
Rohrer finished first individually (16:11.7) in the elite Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Friday at Burke Golf Course (Notre Dame, Indiana). Running against five nationally-ranked opponents, Rohrer set an Irish personal record for a 5K race and recorded the second-best finish in the 30-year history of the women’s race. She led the Irish to an eighth-place finish.
The victory was Rohrer’s second career first-place finish, the other coming in the 2015 National Catholic (Notre Dame, Indiana) with a time of 17:20.7.
Rohrer, who was competing in her first meet of the season, is coming off an 11th-place finish at the World Junior Track & Field Championships 5K as a member of Team USA. She placed sixth and received All-America honors in the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championship.
The Irish return to action on October 14, when the women race in the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational (Madison, Wisconsin) at 12:30 p.m. CT and the men run in the Bradley Classic (Peoria, Illinois) at 3 p.m. CT.
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 Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.