Another piece to the Brooks PR puzzle is Kinkaid School middle-distance standout Raevyn Rogers. Rogers, a University of Oregon signee, was third at the IAAF World Youth Championships and recently won the New Balance Outdoor Nationals crown in the 800 meters. She will compete in the two-lapper and brings with her a top five national and personal best time of of 2:04.88 to the Brooks PR Invitational on Saturday, June 21st in Seattle.
When did you first learn that you were invited to the Brooks PR Invite and how did your react?
Rogers: I first learned that I was invited to Brooks this year during basketball season in the winter. I was excited because I enjoyed my previous Brooks experience and I'd be able to reunite with some of my World Youth teammates
What does it mean to you to be invited to the Brooks PR Invitational?
Rogers: To be invited to the Brooks PR Invitational is a blessing. It means that I can get some good competition and it can prepare me for the times I'm trying to get to later on.
What do you hope to achieve at the meet?
Rogers: I hope to achieve a good time, either around or better than my recent time, and to do my best and leave everything in God's hands
What music do you listen to before races?
Rogers: Oh gosh, I listen to Iggy Azalea. I'll listen to Kid Ink, Songs with good base!
If you were stranded on an island with three things what would they be?
Rogers: If I were stranded on an island and I only was able to bring three things they would be the biggest jug of Pedialyte I could find. snacks for days, and bug repellant (forget electronics)
What would you consider as your best or most favorite race of all-time and why?
Rogers: My favorite race of all time was when I ran at the World Youth Championships. It was such a great experience! It was my favorite, because my mom was there out of the country, there was good competition, I ran a good time, and I was able to help my team with the Swedish relay. Everything was just fun and great!
What are some things un-running related people might not know about you?
Rogers: People might not know that I love to be silly. Like I love making people laugh. Also, I'm fluent in Spanish.
How and why did you get involved in the sport?
Rogers: I got involved in track when I was five because I used to play t-ball near where my club team had practice. I saw how the kids looked like they were having fun so I wanted to give it a try.
How has your training been leading up to the meet?
Rogers:Training has been well and my coaches are good, family is good, God is working. Everything happens at the right time and for a reason and I'm just accepting it all.
What are you most looking forward about your trip, race and weekend at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle?
Rogers: I'm looking forward to seeing my former World Youth teammates, having fun and competing, and hopefully PR'ing again.