It’s been a pretty big school year for Steve Rogers.
In the fall, he led the Marysville girls cross country team to its first state finals appearance since 1989. This spring, he directed the boys track and field team to its first regional title since 1999.
In between, he arranged a 50th anniversary celebration for the Blue Water Area Meet of Champions, and worked to bring about 20 record holders back to the meet.
For Rogers’ on-the-track achievements, he has been named the Times Herald Boys Track Coach of the Year. Marlette’s Chris Storm was also considered for the award.
“He really oversees everything,” Marysville junior Dalton Hollandsworth said. “He knows more about track than anybody else I’ve ever heard from. You can ask him about high jump and he can tell you everything you need to know about that. Sprinting, you can ask him about it and he knows anything you need to know there, too.
“He wants to be the best, so he studies to be the best.”
This season, the Vikings started to show their strength early, showing flashes at the St. Clair relays, then placing second at the weather-interrupted Marysville Invitational. At the regional, Marysville left little doubt, winning by 23.5 points, capped off with a win in the 1,600 relay.
Marysville was second to St. Clair Shores Lakeview in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, both in dual meets and the league meet.
Hollandsworth said that seeing Rogers — who was also the girls cross country coach of the year — work so hard to better the team is motivation for the athletes.
“When you have your coach push everybody to be their best to they can win, everyone else wants to push ourselves to meet our coach’s expectations and do our best,” Hollandsworth said.
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