Only, the race of her life won't get her to the Olympics.
Roman Janet Cheroban-Bawcom struggled to catch her breath because of an upper respiratory ailment, and crossed the finish line in seventh place.
She, however, will be going to London.
Because Rogers doesn't have the "A'' standard, she's not eligible to go to the Olympics. Bawcom does meet the criteria and earned a spot.
"It's a terrible way to get on the team, but that's the way I got in," Bawcom said. "I'm so excited."
Cherobon-Bawcom wasn't the only runner to benefit on this rainy Friday night.
Shalane Flanagan finished in third place, more than a second behind Amy Hastings' winning time of 31 minutes, 58.36 seconds. But since Flanagan plans to run in the marathon at the London Games, she will gladly surrender her spot in the 10,000 to fourth-place finisher, Lisa Uhl, who trains with Flanagan.
The only reason Flanagan even ran in this race was to help pace Uhl.
"I'm speechless," Uhl said. "I'm excited. I really wish I could've been top three. It was an ugly way to make the Olympic team, but I'm so excited to be going to London."
Same with Hastings, who just narrowly missed grabbing the final spot at the marathon trials six months ago in Houston.
"It was heartbreaking in Houston," Hastings said. "(This is) way different. Makes it sweeter, though.
"We're going to London. That's awesome and crazy and ridiculous."
THE DIVER: Four years later, the scars have healed but the memories are still fresh for Christian Smith.
Smith, the 800-meter runner who became part of trials lore in 2008 by diving across the finish line to secure the final spot on the U.S. team, didn't make it through the first round of qualifying this time.
He finished sixth in his heat in a time of 1:49.21 — a disappointment he could see coming after battling through an assortment of Achilles' injuries over the last three years.
"I just haven't had the training to back it up this time," Smith said.
But nobody in track-crazy Oregon will soon forget Smith. His dive is regular fare on local sports highlights shows; a picture of the finish was even stamped onto the magnetic keys at one Eugene hotel.
He said Friday's run would end the competitive part of his career.
"But it's hard to be disappointed in a career where you make an Olympic team," he said. "It's so special to me, my parents, my family, friends. It's kept me motivated these last four years but I just wasn't able to do it again."
FAST START: On a day when track and field celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first Olympic decathlon, Oregon native and former Ducks star Ashton Eaton was setting records in the event.
Then again, the damp and dreary conditions at the Olympic trials Friday night were his type of weather.
Eaton's leap of 27 feet in the long jump was a world record in the decathlon, as was his sprint of 10.21 seconds in the 100 meters.
After five events, Eaton led the decathlon with 4,728 points, a total that was 17 points ahead of Dan O'Brien's pace when he set the American record in 1992.
"I would describe it as one of the best first days I've ever seen," said O'Brien, who was honored, along with Bruce Jenner and other decathlon greats.
Trey Hardee was second with 4,406 points, and defending Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay had 4,252.
The remaining events will take place Saturday.
HURDLE CLEARED: On her left shoe, 100-meter hurdler Joanna Hayes placed a sticker with her daughter's name, Zoe.
On her right, she placed another with the date of her birth — 12-11-10.
Those are reminders for the 35-year-old Hayes to focus when times get tough. Like on Friday when she got a late start out of the blocks.
Hayes, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, shifted into high gear midway through the race and finished third in her heat to advance.
"I feel like I got some cobwebs out," said Hayes, who postponed retirement to try to make one more Olympic team. "But I really have to respond to the gun. All I saw were feet."
RAINING ON HER PARADE: Discus thrower Stephanie Brown-Trafton saw the weather forecast for rain, and her heart sank.
The surprise 2008 Olympic gold medalist hasn't competed well in wet conditions in recent meets. At the end of the Prefontaine Classic two weeks ago, she slipped and fell on all of her throws.
Brown-Trafton then tumbled on her first throw at trials. The nerves and anxiety began setting in. She fell on her next throw, too, but still managed to throw it out there far enough to advance.
A big sense of relief freed her up to launch her best throw of the day on her third attempt (206 feet, 1 inch). Now she is moving on to the finals on Sunday.
"It was a rough start," Brown-Trafton said. "I'm just so emotional about it. I know I'm going to come back and have an awesome throw in the final, hopefully in better conditions."
AP National Writer Eddie Pells and AP Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson contributed to this report.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.