Event: 400M (IN: 53.08; OUT: 52.33)
3-time NCAA Champion
2-time NCAA Mideast Regional Champion
2-time SEC Champion
Was a standout on the Lady Tigers’ fearsome 4x400-meter relay team in her brief two-year career from 2006-07 ... Won three NCAA titles, two NCAA Mideast Regional titles and two SEC titles as a member of the long relay ... Was also a four-time All-American and a three-time All-SEC performer ... Finished her career ranked No. 9 on the school’s all-time indoor performance list in the 400 meters with a career best 53.08 ... Clocked an outdoor personal best time of 52.33 during her senior season.
Helped lead the Lady Tigers to a pair of runner-up finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships during the 2007 campaign ... Won her third career NCAA title as a member of the nation’s premier 4x400-meter relay team ... Ran the second leg on the squad that clocked a seasonal best time of 3:28.07 to defend its title at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships ... Time is the seventh-fastest in school history ... Also ran on the foursome that earned All-America honors during the indoor season with a third-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Squad crossed the finish line in 3:30.26 in the final ... Also ran on the teams that defended titles at the SEC Indoor Championships (3:29.86) and NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (3:30.40) ... Time at the indoor conference meet is the third-fastest indoor time in school history ... Individually, competed in the 400 meters at the NCAA meet during the indoor and outdoor seasons ... Placed 11th in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships (53.74) ... Finished 15th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (53.42) ... Helped guide the Lady Tigers to their first SEC Outdoor title since 1996 ... Just missed earning individual all-conference honors during the outdoor season as she crossed the finish line in third place in the 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships in May ... Clocked a new outdoor personal best of 52.33 in the conference finals ... Took fifth place in the open quarter at the indoor conference meet with a new indoor personal best and the ninth-fastest time in school history at 53.08 ... Won 400-meter titles at the LSU Tiger Classic (52.73) and Sun Angel Classic (52.60) during the outdoor season ... Ran on the foursome that won the “Championship of America” title in the sprint medley relay at the 113th Penn Relays.
Won a pair of national titles in her first season at LSU as a member of the Lady Tigers’ fearsome 4x400-meter relay team ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 teams that captured national titles at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in times of 3:29.33 and 3:25.78, respectively ... Team’s mark of 3:25.78 is the second-fastest 4x400-meter relay time in school history ... Also ran on the 4x400 teams that captured titles at the SEC Indoor Championships (3:32.20) and NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (3:28.93) ... Individually, competed primarily in the 400 meters during both the indoor and outdoor seasons ... Clocked a personal-best in the event at the NCAA Mideast Regional with a time of 52.51, punching her ticket to the NCAA Championships by finishing the meet in fourth place ... Finished 13th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 53.32 in her semifinal heat ... Narrowly missed earning All-America honors in the event during the indoor season as she finished in ninth place at the NCAA Championships with a time of 53.37 ... Built momentum heading into the NCAA Championships by taking first place at the Alex Wilson Invitational (53.24) ... Narrowly missed earning all-conference honors by finishing in fourth place at the SEC Indoor Championships (54.76), while posting a seventh-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships (53.50).
PRIOR TO LSU
Spent two seasons at Michigan State ... Earned All-Big Ten honors in the indoor 400 meters during her sophomore season ... Set the MSU school record in the event, clocking 53.54 at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... Was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in the open quarter as a freshman ... Qualified to the NCAA regionals in both the 200 meters and the 400 meters that year ... Posted a pair of personal bests at the meet clocking 23.41 to finish fourth in the 200 meters and 53.27 to place eighth in the 400 meters.
Two-year letterwinner in track for coach John Rooks at Northampton-West High School ... Ranked as the ninth-best 200 meter runner in the country by Track and Field News as a senior ... Had top times of 23.94 in the 200 meters and 54.71 in the 400 meters.
Full name is Cynetheia Patrice Rooks ... Born Feb. 18, 1984 ... Daughter of John and Cynthia Rooks ... Has three siblings, Cemetrice, Olympia and Aaron.