Like all top track stars, Daesha Rogers has seen her name thrust into a regional and then national spotlight. Given a rich background of victories across distances from 100 to 1,500 meters, it's not shocking Rogers would win a relatively typical cross country race. However, that's where the comparisons with every-day runners end. Rogers is an 11-year-old sixth grader, and she just beat some of the best high school cross country talent Florida has to offer.
"This is very big," Rogers told the Miami Herald after winning the Westminster Academy Invitational girls' small-school cross country title. "I just tried to stay with the North Broward girl and beat her at the end. This means I can accomplish anything."
The runner to which Rogers referred is North Broward (Fla.) star Laurel Brennan, one of the Florida's top cross country runners and the only girl who kept with Rogers over much of the 3.1-mile course. And even Brennan couldn't keep up with the American Heritage school sixth-grader'sRead More »from Sixth-grader wins Florida high school cross country meet