Rogers wins Region VI title, signs with Bethany

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Jackie Rogers, sophomore at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, signed a letter of intent last week to compete in track and field at Bethany College of Lindsborg next year. On hand for the signing were Cloud County track coach Ted Schmitz (left) and Bethany head coach Aaron Davis.

Former Iola High standout Jackie Rogers is the 2009 NJCAA Region VI/Jayhawk Western Division champion in the women’s indoor weight throw.
A week after winning the event at the Region VI/Jayhawk Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Rogers signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field for Bethany College in Lindsborg. Rogers is a sophomore at Cloud County Community College in Concordia.
“I wanted a good Christian school with a strong track program. Bethany was a good fit for me,” Rogers told the Register last week. She signed her letter of intent Feb. 25.
“I liked the atmosphere at the college and they have a good track program that produces good throwers.”
Rogers is on her way to her second straight NJCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Texas. She won the Region VI weight throw with a career-best distance of 52 feet, 10 3/4 inches. That landed her the No. 4 ranking in the event going into this weekend’s competition.
Rogers was seventh in the shot put, 38’4”, at the regional meet in Manhattan, Feb. 21. She is ranked 20th in that event indoor with a throw of 38’7 3/4” this season.
“Here at Bethany we have a strong tradition in the throwing events and Jackie will come here and be a piece of that program,” said Aaron Davis, Bethany head track coach.
“We’re excited to have Jackie coming here. She’s proven she can compete at a high level and always is willing to work to get better.”
Davis said Rogers, who has stated she is working to make the U.S. Olympic team in the future, has big goals.
“That’s exciting for me and a challenge for me to help her achieve those goals.”
Bethany is an NAIA school and is a member of the KCAC (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference).
Rogers will be out to qualify for a second NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships meet in May. She competes in the shot put, discus and hammer throw outdoors.
A year ago, Rogers finished 10th in the weight throw and ninth in the shot put at the national indoor meet. She was 10th in all three outdoor events at the national meet in 2008.
Rogers is the daughter of Pam Rogers of Iola. She plans to major in secondary education and coaching and minor in youth ministry at Bethany.