Jay Rogers began his running career at Petersburg PORTA High School where he was the captain of the Illinois High School Association Cross Country Champions. He earned All State honors in both cross country and track & field. He is in the top ten in the Illinois High School Association record book for most dual meet wins in a season, most dual meet wins in a career, most major meet wins in a season, and most major meet wins in a career.
Jay continued his running career at North Central College where his team won two NCAA national cross country championships. Jay was a team captain and earned All America honors in both cross country and track & field. He finished as the NCAA runner-up in the 5000 meter run. In that same event, Jay ranked among the top 30 juniors in the World.
Jay also found success on the roads. He was a two time Abe’s Amble champion. He qualified for and competed in the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1996. In all, Jay won 136 individual events and 58 relay competitions covering a span of 22 consecutive years.
Jay spent one year as an assistant cross country coach at Lincoln Land community College. Since 1999 he has served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Glenwood High School.
Jay has served on the Springfield Road Runners Board of Directors as vice-president. He has also served as points series coordinator. Along with John Hartnett, Jay directed Abe’s Amble for 14 years. Jay, John & Denise Hartnett also founded the Scholastic Challenge in 1993 and they have continued to direct the race. Through 2008, the race raised and distributed more than $80,000 to local high school running programs.
Some of Jay’s Personal Bests
800 Meters 1:56
3 Miles 13:49
- 8K/5 Miles 24:26
- 10K 30:17
- 20K 66:04