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Silent assassin: Roe leading cross country ahead of regionals

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Isai Rodriguez keeps it simple when describing Taylor Roe.

“She is like a silent assassin," Rodriguez said. 

Roe, Oklahoma State's decorated women's cross country runner, is no stranger to travel. She arrived in Stillwater three years ago, after moving across the country. 

During that time, she has slowly developed her talents to earn her the description of "silent assassin."

Roe will travel once again, heading to Rock Island, Illinois, to compete in the NCAA Midwest Regionals this Saturday. The men's and women's team are vying for finishes in the top two to automatically qualify for nationals. A daunting task, but one Roe will help with. 

“It’s really fun just being in a different part of the U.S. I grew up in the northwest," Roe said. "As a team we kind of go all over and now I get to experience different parts of the country, which has been super fun.”

Coach Dave Smith has a full roster to coach and train which brings its own challenges, which makes it a blessing to know he can depend on Roe for her leadership and her upper echelon results.

“Her leadership, she is quiet and reserved," Smith said. "She doesn’t want to be the center of attention but she's a great leader by example. She works extremely hard, trains well and races well."

Rodriguez, OSU’s premier male runner, said Roe pushes him to achieve. 

“Iron sharpens iron," Rodriguez said. "Having people that you know are doing well on days you may not feel well or feeling down. You have them to push you, you have them to motivate."

sports.ed@ocolly.com