FLORENCE, S.C. − Duncan Rogers didn’t begin operating monitor till his junior season at West Florence High School.
Actually he began with cross nation, however that didn’t pan out in addition to he had hoped, Rogers mentioned.
“Coach (Rich) Wideman asked me to come out to track and see how I’d do,” he added. “In my first year, I posted some pretty solid numbers and that was exciting. I thought, ‘Oh man, I can really do something in this sport.’
“So I trained all offseason and turned in a pretty good senior year.”
So good the truth is that after speaking with The Citadel, which occurred to be his high school alternative anyway, Rogers wound up incomes a spot operating for the NCAA Division I Bulldogs.
He not too long ago signed and was honored in a ceremony on the faculty Wednesday.
“It’s a great feeling … The Citadel is a great school,” Rogers mentioned. “It’s a been a dream of mine to run there ever since I realized I had the chance to, so it really is a dream come true.”
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The considered attending faculty on the Charleston-based navy school was interesting to him earlier than even contemplating athletics, Rogers mentioned, so when the 2 got here collectively it was a “no-brainer.”
“That was the main goal,” he mentioned. “I was always set on The Citadel. Just how they operate there and what it means to graduate from there. It really spoke out to me.”
Rogers’ primary occasion is the 400-meter sprint, and he not too long ago completed seventh general on the 4A decrease state meet. He’ll compete this weekend on the state championship wanting so as to add a title to his resume earlier than he graduates.
“It’s going to bring a lot of opportunities, and I can’t wait to see my growth competing at the Division I level,” he mentioned. “I’m sure the training will be completely different there, so it’s something I’m going to have to learn to adapt to when I get there.”