Long County Recreation Department Director Michelle Rogers recently was selected as an inaugural member of the Dacula Athletics Hall of Fame.
Rogers attended Dacula High School from 1999-2003, and as a Falcon track team member, her accomplishments were plentiful. She won the 2003 Region 8-AAAAA triple-jump contest, the 2003 Gwinnett County triple-jump contest and was the runner-up in the triple-jump contest at the 2003 Georgia state meet. Also in 2003, she won the LSU Indoor Classic by jumping 39 feet, 4 inches, and the Georgia Tech High School Invitational by jumping 41 feet, 9 inches. Both distances still stand as the two meets’ record jumps.
As a senior for the Falcons, Rogers was ranked as one of the top 15 triple-jump competitors in the nation. She earned a four-year scholarship to Clemson University, where she continued her successful track career.
Dennis Green, Rogers’ high-school coach, said she deserves to be inducted into the hall of fame’s inaugural class.
“Michelle had an outstanding high-school career. Her accomplishments were numerous. On a personal note, it was a joy to coach Michelle throughout high school. She was a dynamic, highly skilled athlete,” Green said.
Rogers was one of only 50 athletes to be selected as a member of the Dacula Athletics Hall of Fame. More than 400 names were submitted to the selection committee, and some nominees’ athletic accomplishments dated back to 1937.
Rogers attended the Aug. 11 induction ceremony and said that it was nice to see some of her old coaches and fellow athletes. She said being chosen for induction was humbling.
“I am honored to have been selected to be a member of the hall of fame because there were so many talented athletes from my high school. It was a very humbling experience,” Rogers said.
She was hired as the recreation department director in June 2009. Under her leadership, the recreation complex has added a football field, a soccer field, two baseball fields, a walking track and a concession stand/office.