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Mike Danaher
Position: Distance/Cross Country
Year: Senior
Hometown: Clifton Park, N.Y.
High School: Christian Brothers' Academy
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Junior (2011-2012): Danaher helped the cross country team defend its title at the New England Championships with his 2nd place finish. Placed 39th at Mayor's Cup. In track, Danaher ran a new personal-best in the 1500m at Outdoor Heps, clocking 3:54.55. Earned a second-place finish at UNH's Outdoor Invitational in the 1500m. Danaher also improved his 5000m time, running 14:48.70 at the New Balance Twighlight meet.

Sophomore (2010-11): Danaher provided depth for the Big Green in his second season ... earned points for Dartmouth in two different races, including a sixth-place finish at the Keene Invitational.

Before Dartmouth: Danaher spent a year at Christian Brother's Academy before transferring to Shenendehowa high school for the final three years of his high school career ... lettered in track and cross country at both schools ... Shenendehowa cross country was ranked number 1 in New York state in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... captained the track and cross country teams as a senior and led the squad to the Suburban Council Championship, the section II championship as well as the New York State Class AA and Federation Championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008, missing only the Class AA championship in 2007 ... tallied numerous personal awards and accolades in his high school career ... was a Wendy's High School Heisman finalist for New York State, a high school All-American at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in 2008, most honored player, also in 2008 ... was a four-tie NYSPHAA Scholar Athletee and a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Given name is William Michael Danaher ... he is the son of Bill and Alison Danaher and has one sister ...  his father, Bill, ran cross country for St. Bonaventure College ... at Dartmouth, Mike plans to study economics.

2012-2013 Highs Indoor Outdoor
Mile   4:18.44 (Brown - 4/13/13)
800m   1:56.10 (U. Mass - 4/27/13)
1500m   3:52.18 (NB Twi. II - 5/18/13)

 

2011-12 Top Performances
800m 1:58.47 Home Meet - 4-14-12
1500m 3:54.55 Heps - 5-5-12
5000m 14:48.70 NB Twilight 1 - 5-12-12

 

2010-11 Top Performances
Mile 4:21.49 Terrier - 1-29-11
1500m 3:59.71 UNH - 4-9-11
3000m 8:36.04 Valentine's - 2-12-11
5000m 15:28.17 UMass - 4-30-11
2009-10 Top Performances
Outdoor  
1500m 3:58.82 Lowell
800m 1:58.21 UVM

Q & A with Mike

Why Dartmouth?

I chose to come to Dartmouth for numerous reasons, such as its strong Ivy League reputation, its location in the scenic town of Hanover, and the tight-knit team that I first encountered during my recruiting visit.

How long have you been running cross country and what got you interested in cross country?

I've been running competitively since 8th grade.  My dad, a former collegiate runner himself, suggested that I try out for my high school team.  I figured that I was too thin for hockey, too short for basketball, and.....well, don't even get me started on my golf game.  It turns out that I had a knack for running and loved it right away.

Have you won any academic or cross country awards recently?

I greatly enjoy pointing out my high school accomplishments (to the chagrin of my teammates here), as I was a member of a nationally ranked cross country team that won the New York State Federation XC Championships 3 years in a row (2006-08).  Our team qualified and contended in the Nike Cross Nationals (high school national championship) during each of those years.  That doesn't mean that I'm not very excited to contend for our team at Dartmouth, though!  Academically, I was a member of the National Honor Society and was a state finalist for the New York High School Heisman award during my senior year.

Tell me something interesting about you that might come as a surprise to your teammates.

Two of my "phases" as a kid included a distinct interest in Mr. Rogers and my favorite football team (the Kansas City Chiefs), respectively.  I enjoyed walking around in public wearing either a little shirt and tie or a miniature Chiefs jersey, pads included.  I would have loved to play some little league football, but my mom told me that all football players had "big necks" and that mine just wasn't up to size.  It's a shame, because I have quite an arm to go with my exemplary pocket presence!

What are your future plans, if any?

I am currently planning on majoring in Economics with a minor in Public Policy.  Obviously this could change, but in the big scheme of things I hope to get a job in the buisness, sports, or sports-business world.

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