The 5-foot-6 senior raced to her second career national title at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships this past season, breaking the tape in 17:13. The state's Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year as a sophomore, Rohrer was undefeated in
Rohrer has maintained a 3.86 GPA in the classroom.
A member of the South Bend/Mishawaka Youth Leadership Council as well as the City of Mishawaka Mayor's Youth Council, she won a gold medal for her flute solo at the Indiana State School Music Association's statewide Solo Contest. Also an active member of
G: What is your team motto?
AR: My team motto is MTXE TB. This stands for Mental Toughness Xtra Effort, Tough and Beastly. The girl's team shouts it after every practice and before every meet. It reminds us that cross country is so much more than running: We must be mentally and physically tough and work harder than our competitors in order to succeed.
G: What one piece of advice do you have for freshman about being a successful high school student athlete?
AR: My best advice would be to put your heart into the sport. In order to succeed, you need to work really hard, but also embrace the process. It is hard for a person to be successful if they do not enjoy what they are doing. Running and academics go hand in hand: The harder you work, the better the results. To be a successful student athlete, you need to put your heart into your sport as well as your school work.
G: What is your favorite highlight from this year?
AR: My favorite highlight from my season would be winning my second Foot Locker National title because I am only the second girl, behind Jordan Hassay, to win two titles in non-consecutive years. I battled serious injury to both of my feet throughout the past year, but I continued to persevere and work harder each day. My victory was more than winning a race. It reminded me that I am capable of whatever I put my heart into.
G: What training habit has the most impact on your performance?
AR: I have battled several injuries throughout my high school career, so I cannot run quite as many miles as I would like. To make up for this, I spend an average of 300 extra minutes each week cross training to improve my cardio strength. I think this really helps me stay strong and fit without putting extra pounding on my feet.
G: What have you learned from your coach that you will never forget?
AR: The most important thing my coach has taught me is the importance of mental toughness. To be a good runner, you have to train, but to be great, you must be mentally and physically tough. My coach has taught me to be prepared for anything in races and workouts, and to embrace obstacles. Life's obstacles make me tougher and stronger than my competitors.