Today we highlight women's multi-sport standout McKenna Dowd, who will be the RCGC representative for the 27th Annual New Jersey National Association for Girls and Women in Sports Day event to be held at Seton Hall University on February 3, 2019.
Player: McKenna Dowd
Sports: Women's Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field
Recognition: Roadrunner Woman of the Year for 2018-19
High School: Williamstown, 2017; graduated with perfect attendance all four years and never missed a day of school from kindergarten on.
Family notes: Sister of twin brother Mike, an RCGC All-American in cross country and track. Sisters Maddie and Allie also competed for Roadrunner Athletics while students at RCGC.
Position: Guard (Women's Basketball)
Major: Physical Education; plans to finish her bachelor's degree at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. McKenna plans to transfer to Rowan University in the fall and become an elementary school gym teacher, boasts a 3.75 GPA and is a RCGC “Start Smart” and “Finish Smart” Scholarship recipient.
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Career Highlights: Plays three sports at RCGC --- women's soccer, basketball, and track and field. Helped women's soccer program win Region XIX championship in 2017 and advance to NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. Member of 2017-18 women's basketball team that won school's first Region XIX title in nearly 20 years and earned a berth in the Division III national championship tournament. Also helped women's track team to a No. 2 overall finish in the nation during the 2018 spring season; ran the 800 meters, 1500 meters and 4 x 400 meter events. One of very few, if any, student-athletes across the country who competed in three national championship events in three different disciplines.
In women's basketball this season, she scored a career-high 22 points as a starting guard in a win over Montgomery County College (PA) on January 10. She added a second career-high of 25 points against Lehigh Carbon on January 18th.
Dowd was recently appointed to the positions of President of RCGC's new Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Coach Rich Cooper on McKenna Dowd: "McKenna is a tremendous student athlete who works hard, is a competitive performer, and is a tremendous teammate and role model. We have been fortunate to have her as a member of our Roadrunner athletic programs the past two years."
Coach Megan Ruttler on McKenna Dowd: “McKenna is one of the hardest working players to come through the women’s soccer program. She has high expectations for herself and her teammates. While this makes her extremely competitive, she has the ability to remain calm and positive and fight through adversity. Grit is what sets McKenna apart from other college student-athletes and something that will help her succeed in her future endeavors. Her work rate as an athlete matches the work rate she displays in her academics as well.”
AD Brian Rowan on McKenna Dowd: "Roadrunner Athletics has been fortunate to have all four members of the Dowd family come through our program. McKenna competing in three national championship events during her freshman year is really an accomplishment that I think we will remember her for a long time. If we could fill all our rosters with student-athletes like her, we would be thrilled."