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Mishawaka's Rohrer breaks own Indiana High School record


When you are talking about Mishawaka's Anna Rohrer, the question isn't if she's going to break state records, it's when.

Rohrer heads into her junior season as the reigning national champion and with high expectations. However, after just one race, some of those expectations have already be shattered.

"I wasn't expecting to run my fastest time here," said Rohrer, after running the Niles Viking Stampede at Dowagiac Middle School.

She may not have been expecting it when she came into the day, but when Rohrer crossed the finish line and the clock read 16:52.25, she knew she'd beat her personal record by two seconds.

As if that wasn't enough, the time was also the fastest ever ran by an Indiana High School Girl's Cross Country Runner.

"I felt really good. My coach said you're allowed to race, so go out and give it everything you have, so I did," said Rohrer.

After posting such a great time, the humble Rohrer wasn't gloating though, she actually was more concerned with her teammates times.

"I was really excited for some of the other girls," said Rohrer.

While Rohrer said she was somewhat surprised by her time, her cross country coach was not.

"We learned very quick with Anna to never underestimate her," said Chris Kowalewski, Mishawaka Cross Country Coach. "As a coach you're always cautious, but with her, she always exceeds our expectations."

Many runners would be happy to hold the record, but Rohrer says it only motivates her to keep pushing.

"I'm really excited about it, but at the same time I constantly look for a way to improve," said Rohrer.

She is hoping hard work will pay off and the 16 minute 52 second record won't last too long.

"Hopefully as the season progresses and I do more workouts and intense workouts I'll be more prepared for that," said Rohrer. "I'll keep getting stronger and be able to beat my time from today."

The record time is not considered an IHSAA record because it was ran on a Michigan course, but it will go into the Indiana High School record book.

There were plenty of other great times from other runners at the Niles Stampede. Penn's Madison Woods was not too far behind Rohrer finishing 2nd in the girls race with a 17:55.84.

In the boys race LaPorte's Anthony Didion finished first with a 16:01.12.

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