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Focus on Sports

Dahm Gets McCahill Award

The McCahill Award is the most prestigious honor given by the Athletics Department,
presented to a graduate for achievement in athletics, scholarship and service.

Brianna Dahm, Arts ’05, earned countless awards representing the Blue & Gold on the running track. But she stood at center court during halftime of the Marquette vs. Connecticut basketball game in November to accept her final award, the 2005 McCahill Award. It is the most prestigious honor given by the Athletics Department, presented to a graduate for achievement in athletics, scholarship and service to the university.

Now pursuing running on her own, Dahm lives in California and trains as a member of the Nike Farm Team. “The team is funded by Nike and the goal is to get as many athletes competing at national meets and Olympic Trials as possible,” Dahm says. “While I’m here I’m working as a special education teacher’s aide in the Palo Alto School District.”

Dahm’s athletics achievements include being a two-time All-American, an all-region cross country performer, and all-conference selection in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. She won Freshman of the Year honors in all three categories and was named 2002 Conference USA Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and 2003 Conference USA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. She earned Conference USA all-decade honors in both cross country and track and field her senior year. Dahm was just as competitive in academics. She was a five-time Conference USA Academic Medal Recipient, awarded to athletes for maintaining a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

The McCahill Award was established by the McCahill family to honor Capt. Robert L. McCahill, a Marquette football player who graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in 1942. He served his country as a para-marine throughout the South Pacific during World War II, earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and gave his life in 1945 in the Battle of Iwo Jima. The award was established with the help of Col. William P. McCahill, Robert’s brother, also a Marquette alumnus, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and was a member of the Marquette track team. After William’s death in 1999, Marquette renamed the award to recognize both brothers.

Brianna Dahm Profile
Big East Cross Country Insider
Past McCahill Award Winners
Learn More on Nike Farm Team

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