BERKELEY -- Jeff Rogers would be the first person to point out that he has a lot of help coaching the St. Mary's High girls track and field team.

"We share the coaching duties," said Rogers, referring to himself, Jay Lawson and Denis Mohun. "Any success or coaching honor ... should be shared by all three of us."

But Rogers, the girls head coach for the past 10 years, was definitely a big reason for the Panthers' outstanding season. St. Mary's won the North Coast Section Meet of Champions girls team title by 13 points with a score of 49, and it nearly scored 100 points in winning the NCS Bay Shore Area title with a score of 93. The Panthers also won the Tri-County Athletic League championship.

For his leadership this season, Rogers has been named the Bay Area News Group East Bay Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year.

"He wanted to make me a better athlete as well as a track runner.," said junior MaAne' Mosley, who placed second in the long jump at the NCS Meet of Champions as well as running the first leg for the winning 400 relay team. "He wanted the best for me. He pushed me hard and he wanted me to make it to state, and I did."

It was a well-rounded group that forged to the NCS Meet of Champions title.

"We scored in jumps, we scored in middle distance, we scored in sprints and we scored in hurdles," Rogers said. But he also said that the success of the team this season was led by the sprinters, coached by Lawson.


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Rogers started coaching at St. Mary's in 1997 as an assistant.

"Since I've been coaching at St. Mary's, I would say that this girls team ranks right up there with the 2002 team," said Rogers. The St. Mary's 2002 girls track and field team also won the NCS Meet of Champions title. Rogers pointed out that this year's squad has four school record-holders.