Cross Country


AS A JUNIOR: Opened the indoor track season with a third-place finish (10:15.24) in the 3,000 meters at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener ... clocked a time of 5:14.00 to finish 11th in the mile run at the Notre Dame Invitational ... took sixth place in the 3,000- Meter Invitational with a time of 10:05.63 at the Indiana Relays ... finished the indoor season with a 14th-place performance (17:34.64) in the 5,000-meter run at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... won the 5,000-meter run in her first outdoor meet of the season, clocking a time of 17:32.69 to take the title at the Spartan Invitational ... ran the 5,000 meters in 17:36.18 to finish third at the Eastern Michigan Invitational ... closed out the 2008 season with a 10-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, clocking a time of 36:21.90.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Had a very strong sophomore season for the Irish cross country and track teams ... ran on the Irish varsity cross country team in all six of the team's meets ... placed sixth at the Valparaiso Invitational and ninth in the National Catholic meet ... ran the Notre Dame home 5,000-meter course in 18:12 for 86th place ... took 121st at the very competitive NCAA Pre-National meet ... finished 32nd in the BIG EAST meet and closed her season in 30th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional ... annihilated every one of her personal bests during the track season ... set two career bests at the Notre Dame Opener ... ran the 800 in 2:21.08 and the mile in 5:03.64, the latter qualifying her for the BIG EAST indoor meet ... earned additional league meet qualifications in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters ... top 3,000-meter time came at the BIG EAST meet where she finished 15th in 9:57.75 ... scored team points in the BIG EAST 5,000 meters, placing eighth in 17:04.24 ... that time nearly matched the career best of 17:03.97 she set earlier at the Meyo Invitational ... ran 4:43.59 over 1,500 meters outdoors at the Central Collegiate Championship ... broke 17- minutes for 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational, establishing a BIG EAST qualifying mark of 16:59.94 ... once again found herself scoring points at a BIG EAST meet, this time finishing seventh in the 5,000 meters in 17:12.90 ... her points contributed to the Irish women's team conference title.

AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in the first three meets of the Irish cross country season ... took 30th at the Valparaiso Invitational in 24:46 ... placed third in the JV race at the National Catholic Championship, covering the 5,000-meter home course in 19:26 ... improved her time on the Irish course two weeks later in the Notre Dame Invitational Gold Division race, running 19:15 for 71st place ... showed versatility during the indoor track season, running the mile through the 5,000 meters ... top times were 5:24.13 in the mile at the Notre Dame Opener, 10:34.88 in the 3,000 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational and 18:26.94 in the Meyo Invitational 5,000 meters ... did not compete during the outdoor track season.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Four-time letterwinner in both cross country and track and field at Paraclete High School (Calif.) ... eight-time all conference athlete (four times in cross country, four times in track and field) ... named MVP of cross country team all four years ... became first Paraclete High School runner to qualify for California state cross country championship in nearly 15 years, qualifying for the state meet twice ... three-year captain of both cross country and track and field teams ... named 2005 Paraclete High School Female Athlete of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year... born March 19, 1987 in Bellflower, Calif. ... daughter of Linda and Michael Rocha ... only child ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as an American Studies major.

Heidi Rocha
Heidi  Rocha


Palmdale, CA

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