Nick Rogers upsets with Paralympic 200 win at Drake Relays

By Brianna Tammaro | April 29, 2016, 10:30 p.m. (ET)
David Brown and Jerome AveryNick Rogers captured the Paralympic 200-meter title in his Drake Relays debut on Friday evening in Des Moines, Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Nick Rogers (Lisbon, Maine) captured his first professional win at the 2016 Drake Relays, upsetting the field with a personal best time of 22.07 in the Paralympic 200-meter race on Friday evening.

In front of a crowd of more than 10,000, Rogers kicked in the last 50m to overtake Paralympians David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) and guide Jerome Avery (Lemoore, California), who finished second in 22.45, over a second faster than their time in 2015. Marko Cheseto of Kenya rounded out the group in third in 23.20.

“The end of the race is really my strong suit,” Rogers said. “Having a good stride and being able to catch ground on people is something I really exceed at so I felt like it was a really good race. I’ve been putting in a lot of work recently and overall I’m really satisfied with the personal record.”

Rogers, a recent high school graduate, shaved four-tenths of a second off his previous record set just two weeks ago at the Mt. SAC Relays. This is his first professional season as he aims to keep improving ahead of the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials to be held June 30-July 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I’ve had personal records in the 200 in the last three races I’ve done, this one included, so I’m going to continue to keep that momentum going,” Rogers said.

Drake Relays introduced the first Paralympic ambulatory race in the meet’s storied history in 2015. The event uniquely showcases visually impaired and amputee athletes running head-to-head in the same race.

For full results, visit the Drake Relays website