Year: Junior
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.
High School: East Chapel Hill


Career Honors:
Patriot League Academic Honor Roll (2018).

2018 (Junior):

  • Finished 273rd at the Paul Short Open, running a 6K time of 26:32.4 (9/29).
  • Finished 50th at the UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational, running a 5K time of 21:39.8 (9/15).
  • Placed 54th at the UNH XC Invitational, running a 5K time of 21:16.4 (9/1).

2016-2017 Track:

  • Competed in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs.
  • Recorded a season-best time in the 3,000m (12:10.56) at UNH vs Holy Cross (1/21) and in the 5,000m (21:09.86) at the Holy Cross Invitational (4/22).

2016 Cross Country:

  • Posted season-best 5k time of 21:52.15 at the New England Championship on Oct. 8.
  • Also ran the 5k in 22:43 versus New Hampshire and Providence and in 23:13 at the ECAC Championship.
  • Ran the 6k for a time of 25:43 at Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 1.

 Before Holy Cross:

  • Ran one year of varsity cross country at East Chapel Hill High under head coach Steven Marquis.
  • Recorded personal-best 5K time of 21:48 in 2015.
  • Also played one year of varsity field hockey, helping her team to an eighth straight State Championship title that season.
  • Additionally ran one year of varsity track under head coach Steven Marquis, competing in the 1600m, 3200m and 4x800m relay events.
  • Recorded personal-best times of 6:23 in the1600m and 14:03 in the 3200m.


  • Daughter of Dennis and Alison McNamara.
  • Father ran track & field and was a member of the cross country team at Duke University (Class of 1987).
  • Mother ran track & field and cross country for Bates College (Class of 1988).
  • Has one brother (Connor) and two sisters (Clare and Maggie).
  • Her uncle (Brian McNamara) graduated from Holy Cross in 1999 and was a member of the cross country and track & field teams.
  • Majoring in english. 

McNamara's Top Performances 

Event Time  Meet (Date)
5k 21:52.15 New England Championship (10/8)
3,000m 12:10.56 UNH vs Holy Cross (1/21/2017)
5,000m 21:09.86 Holy Cross Invitational (4/22/2017)
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