Roseann (Rawa) Bober

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In the mid 70’s Mount Carmel Area’s Al Santos, and his newly formed girls track team was struggling to find its own identity. What he needed was a star to make people take notice. He found more than one – Cheryl Kent, Michelle Whyne, Maria Molesevich, Michelle Zublick – just to name a few. But none of them were bigger than Roseann Rawa. Rose would eventually go on to be a three-time state qualifier and would garner 8 District IV medals, including 6 Gold. Coach Santos’s teams would win 4 consecutive District IV Championships from 1974 thru 1977 with Rawa contributing greatly.

Rose would win District IV championships as a sophomore in the 880 yard dash and 880 Meley relay in school and district record times. She would also hold school records in the 440 yard dash, 660 yard dash, and mile relay while in 10th grade. As a junior, she would repeat in the 880 (2:24.5) and medley relay (1:56.0) and add the mile run (5:27), establishing new records in each. She would add the mile run championship and a silver in the 880 and bronze in the medley as a senior. Rawa and teammates, Maria Molesevich, Ann Mariano, and Michelle Whyne, established an Emory Relays Record at Lehigh in the Mile Relay (4:16.4) and the Indoor Mile Relay record at the University of Pittsburgh (4:21.1).

Mount Carmel Area track at the time took on all comers. They competed at the Meet of Champions at East Stroudsburg, the Chester High Relays, the Pocono Mountain Invitational, the Carlisle Invitational and meets with track powerhouses State College, Harrisburg High, Garden Spot, and Easton. In local action, the Tornadoettes established a new team record in scoring 117 points against outmanned Schuylkill Haven and just missed a rare shutout in a 113-1 victory over Central Columbia.

Following graduation in 1977, Rawa would run with the prestigious Philadelphia Track Club (Philadelphia Hawks). She anchored the 880 medley relay at the Penn Relays in 1981. She would then graduate from the York Hospital School of Radiologic Technology with an Associate of Science Degree in 1983. She would also graduate from Real Estate School of New Jersey and Christina Medical Center School of Ultrasonography. She has served as a coach with the South Jersey Youth Soccer Association and is a Vice President for the Municipal Alliance for prevention of substance abuse.

She currently resides in Woodstown, NY with her husband Mitchell and two sons, Craig, 20 and Ryan, 18, both students at Penn State University.

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