Provided the Tigers with several strong performances in 2010, including a top-20 finish at the MSU Invitational where he posted a career-best 8k time of 26:47.49 ... Best 10k time of the season came at the Chile Pepper Festival where he ran a 34:11.89.
Gained good experience as a freshman, competing in three races for the Tigers...He clocked a 28:04.60 in his first 8K meet at the Crimson Classic...His first 10K race was at the Chile Pepper Festival where he clocked a 34:51.79.
PRIOR TO LSU
Earned five letters in cross country under head coach Joe Pardue at Hermitage High School ... Was a district champion in cross country in 2008 ... Was also named to the all-district and all-region teams for his high school ... Comes to LSU with a personal best of 16:11 in the 5,000 meters.
Full name is Roger Paul Cooke III ... Born on Sept. 8, 1990 ... Parents are Roger Cooke Jr. and Robin Foster ... Has one brother named Matthew ... An honor student at Hermitage High School who was a member of the National Honor Society ... Plans to pursue a degree in elementary education at LSU.