GCCC’s, Denim Rogers, finished out his indoor track season with stellar finishes at the Region VI meet in in February in Manhattan, Kansas and at the National NJCAA Indoor Championships in Lubbock, Texas, March 3.
At the Region VI meet in February, inside Ahearn Field House, Rogers tallied 5,226 points in the heptathlon, smashing the previous meet record of 4,616. Rogers won five of the seven events at regionals. Rogers’s accomplishment marked a regional record and a GCCC record in the event.
In dramatic fashion, Rogers shattered the NJCAA record at Nationals in the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center. Rogers scored 5,465 points to bring home a national gold. Rogers was neck and neck in the event with Paradise Valley’s Conner Williamson who finished second with a score of 5,461. Both scores broke the NJCAA pentathlon scoring record. The meet gold for Rogers hinged on the final race of the day, the 1,000-meter run. All eyes in the stadium were glued to both runners vying for the top spot on the podium. Williams passed Rogers heading into the final lap, but in a gutsy performance, Rogers caught up on the final stretch of the race to pull ahead of Williamson by the needed half-second for the win.
Rogers is looking forward to the outdoor track season and has shared that he is getting looks from multiple four-year schools. Congratulations to Denim Rogers!