Anna Rohrer returns to record setting form

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email

Mishawaka junior Anna Rohrer won a national and state title in cross country to go along with a state championship in track as a sophomore. All of this came after she broke her foot as a freshman forcing her to miss most of the season.

In 2013 it looked nothing could stop her, until she broke her other foot forcing her to miss the cross country season.

"I felt like I was letting my team down more than myself I guess," Rohrer said.

After 4 months of rehabilitation Rohrer started running again under close watch from her coach Chris Kowalewski.

"We are stressing out,” Kowalewski said. “When is she getting hurt? With every ache and pain every single day I am asking her ‘how are you feeling today?' Every little cough or sniffle or soreness I am freaking out. It is like ‘what is going on here?’"

They decided to have Anna sit out a number of races during the track season in order to get her back to full strength.

Taking it slow yielded fast results. She cruised to wins in the 3200 at the conference meet. Then in the sectional and regional meets. She followed those up with a record setting performance at the state meet where she shattered the previous state record in the 3200 by six seconds.

"I was really excited during it because I was like I knew I could go this fast it was a matter of getting back there,” Anna said.

For her coach, who calls himself both a coach and a fan, it was an incredible sight to see.

"She has been one of those few athletes where we are leaving a meet more often than not thinking “wow I can't believe that just really happened’" Kowalewski said.

Anna's season isn't over yet. Next up is the New Balance Track and Field Championships in Greensboro North Carolina where she will run the 5K against some of the best runners in the country.

"It is exciting to be in a really competitive race with girls that I will be able to run in a pack with "

For Anna the shot at her second national championship isn’t just about running for herself.

"It is more than just me,” Anna said. “It is more like for my family and my city and my state. I think it is the bigger picture that makes me the happiest."

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