Teona Rodgers

Junior, track

Wharton High School

Teona Rodgers
School: Wharton
Year: Junior
Sports: Track

Last month: On May 5 at Winter Park's Showalter Field, Rodgers crossed the finish line of the 100-meter hurdle in the Class 3A state final in 14.02 seconds, more than 4 feet ahead of the runnerup. She ended her season in that event 16-0. At state, she also placed fifth in the 200-meter final and ran a furious leg for the 4x100-relay team that finished third.

Future plans: Rodgers is hopeful -- and confident -- she can improve in each of her events next season. If that happens, multiple state championships are possible.

Her own words: "I want to win every race I run no matter what race it is. If it's the first race of the year then I want to win that. If it's the state final, I want to win that. So I'm going to work hard from now until then (which includes running cross country in the fall) and hopefully I'll be able to win every race I compete in. That's what I want."