Woodland Cross Country runner takes second in State

Tristan Rogers took second place at the 2012 2A state cross-country meet. He’s happy with the honor, but he was running for first.

“I was trying to win first place but I got second with a time of 17:06 which is a lot better than last year,” said Tristan, a 16-year-old junior at Woodland High School.  

Last year, as a sophomore, Tristan finished fourth at the state cross-country meet with a time of 17:27. In 2010, as a freshman he placed fifteenth with a time of 18:21.   

The 2012 2A state cross-country meet was held on Oct. 20 at Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee.

Tristan lost to Andrew Rodgers, a senior from Copan High School who finished with a time of 16:54. 

“I was a little sad but I have a better chance of winning it next year,” Tristan said.

Tristan’s cousin Gage McKinney (Osage), who plays football for Woodland, ran in the meet with him. McKinney placed fifty-sixth.

Tristan’s mother Carrie Rogers (Osage) is proud of him and all that he has accomplished.

“I feel that he has excelled in running and has worked really hard at it,” Rogers said. “I have a hunch that he will win state next year.”

She is also ecstatic that Tristan was injury free this year. The last two years, Tristan suffered from stress fractures.

“He is so dedicated to the sport we are just happy that he finished the season healthy,” Rogers said.

Tristan’s coach Paula Martinez (Osage) believes that Tristan being injury free was one of his assets this year. 

“I think this year was his best season and he had one of his best times, 17:01 at a meet this year,” Martinez said. 

Martinez describes Tristan as a quiet individual but is very self-motivated.

“He doesn’t do much talking but when he gets on the field to compete he is a completely different person,” she said. “He shows his personality through his running.”

Tristan runs three times a day – in the morning, after school and in the evening.

“He should be the top contender next year,” Martinez said.

Tristan would like to run cross-country at the college level and has had a few colleges look at him already.

“I think if Tristan keeps the right head on his shoulders he can go far,” Martinez said.

Tristan’s parents are Carrie (Osage) and Jason Rogers. He has two siblings Bridget and Carter. His grandparents are Patty McKinney (Osage), Leonard McKinney, Margaret Rogers and Dave Rogers.