In a field of 195 runners, the John Carroll University women’s cross country team had eight runners finish in the top 100 – including five in the top 60 – and placed ninth out of 25 non-Division I teams that raced at the 35th National Catholic Championships on Friday, Sept. 19.
Sophomore Becky Rohwer set the pace for the Blue Streaks at the race in South Bend, Indiana finishing in 20th place and breaking 20 minutes at 19:17.66.
“[Graduate Assistant Bobby Over] told us that you can’t ever settle into the race, and that you shouldn’t ever feel comfortable,” said Rohwer. “I made a conscious effort to remain outside of my comfort zone, and I think it really paid off.”
A quartet of JCU runners were not far behind. Junior Hanna Sterle (53rd, 19:55.81), sophomore Schasia Modrzynaki (54th, 19:56.98), senior Nicki Bohrer (58th, 20:05.19) and junior Martha Bill (59th, 20:06.84) used pack running to their advantage, all crossing the line within 12 seconds of each other.
Rounding out the varsity race for JCU were freshmen Cassie Schillero (61st, 20:10.43), Erin Kiley (74th, 20:29.03) and sophomore Mallory Maher (88th, 20:45.40).