March 24, 2009
After a strong performance at the Walt Disney World Invitational last weekend, Florida State’s Teona Rodgers has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Outdoor Co-Performer of the Week, league officials announced Tuesday afternoon. The sophomore highlighted meet with her 100m hurdle sprint that set a new FSU school record. The performer of the week award is shared with Georgia Tech’s Bailey Wagner.
Rodgers found success at the meet as she set two lifetime records. The All-American led the way for the Seminoles in Orlando with her first-place finishes in both the 100m hurdles and 100m dash. Rodgers, a native of Tampa, Fla., took top honors in 100m hurdles with a preliminary sprint of 13.20. In the finals, Rodgers topped her already qualifying mark with a blistering time of 13.01, which was not only a new personal record, but set a new FSU school record. However, Rodgers wasn’t finished dominating the meet as she hit the track one more time to compete in the 100m dash where she captured first place in the preliminaries with a personal best time of 11.55. Rodgers ranks first in the ACC in both events.
The IAAF World Junior Champion had a fantastic freshman season as she was named an All-American after a stellar 100m hurdle performance at the outdoor national meet in 2008 where she took sixth place with 13.37. Rodgers was the first hurdler at FSU to earn the honor since the 1991 season when former Seminole and Olympian Kim Batten was awarded the same honor.