Megan Golden | May 14, 2017
It was no ordinary Mother’s Day for Katie Rohrer, who presented her daughter Anna with the gold medal at the podium following Anna’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in the 5,000m race on Sunday. Anna won her second conference title of the weekend and fourth of the year at Georgia Tech’s George C. Griffin Track.
Anna, who won the ACC Cross Country Championship in the fall, has won three track conference championships this season. In February, she won the ACC indoor 5,000m title on her birthday. This weekend, she was victorious in the 10,000m on Friday and responded with yet another championship -- arguably the best Mother’s Day gift -- in front of her mom on Sunday.
"I couldn't stop smiling when my mom stepped on the track," she said. "It was such a blessing to have her here and the perfect Mother's Day gift to give the medals. She loved it."
"Anna is running with a lot of confidence right now, and that carried her to the success she experienced this week," Irish associate head coach Matt Sparks said.
Notre Dame’s women’s squad finished seventh overall with 53 points, while the men’s team came in 12th with 23 points. The women scored in every mid-distance and distance event of the weekend.
The Irish concluded action with three individual conference championships in the women’s 10,000m and 5,000m and in the men’s pole vault. Notre Dame, which entered the meet with 12 individual ACC titles, owns 15 individual ACC championships and 359 individual conference championships all-time.
Graduate student Danielle Aragon earned All-ACC First Team honors in the 1,500m, placing second with a time of 4:16.31. Aragon was followed by junior Jessica Harris (4:17.82), who finished fourth and received All-ACC Second Team accolades. Senior Jacob Dumford finished 10th in the men’s 1,500m finals, recording a time of 3:48.59.