Rohrer selected as November Athlete of the Month

12/7/2016
 
Anna Rohrer, 19, of Mishawaka has been named the USATF Indiana Athlete of the Month for November 2016.  Rohrer, a sophomore at Notre Dame, recently completed one of the greatest NCAA cross country seasons ever by an Indiana native; capped off by her third place finish at the NCAA championships on November 19.
 
At the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on November 11 Rohrer finished second to qualify for the national championships.  She ran 19:37 over the 6 km course in Madison, Wisc. trailing only Big Ten champion Erin Finn of Michigan.  The following week she returned to the Lavern Gibson Cross Country course in Terre Haute, the venue where she captured two state high school titles while competing for Mishawaka High School, to compete in the national championships.  During the early stages of the race she was at the head of the lead pack which had dwindled to 4 front runners by 3500m.  She then made a strong move to break open the race and held a 20m lead as she reached the final 400m stretch to the finish.  With 250m left she was passed by Finn and then shortly after by eventual race winner Karissa Schweizer of Missouri. She finished with a time of 19:44 with Schweizer stopping the clock at 19:41.  Rohrer’s third place is the second best women’s finish ever by an Indiana native; trailing only Amy Yoder’s second place finish in 1999.  
 
In October Rohrer won the Atlantic Coast Conference title running 19:26 for 6 km in Charlottesville, Va.