Lewis-Clark State College coach Mike Collins has announced that Francis Rojas of Lima, Peru has signed a letter-of-intent to run for the women’s cross country and track programs for the upcoming seasons.
Rojas, who will be a freshman, comes off of two strong high school seasons in Peru. In 2007, she claimed the city championship in the 800 meters, and finished second in the 400. She then qualified for the semifinals in the 800 and finished fourth in the 400 open at the junior national championships. In 2006, Rojas took first in the 800 and second in the 1.500 at the city championship, and fourth in the 400 and fifth in the 800 at the junior national championships.
“Although Rojas is a middle distance specialist, we believe she could have an immediate impact on the cross country team once she becomes accustomed to running the longer distance,” Collins said.
Besides being ranked the fifth-best 800 runner in Peru, Rojas also has excelled in the classroom.
“She is a very smart young lady… She has very good test scores, and speaks four different languages,” added Collins. “She is excited about coming and we are looking forward to having her on the team.”