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Former Track Star Rogan Dies at 93

October 12, 2001

BOSTON (AP) _ Katherine Rogan, a track star in the 1920s and 1930s, has died at 93.

She died Monday at New England Medical Center.

Rogan won five straight national championships in the standing long jump from 1927-1931 and national titles in the 50-yard dash in 1926 and 40-yard dash in 1928, The Boston Globe reported.

She also won many national and New England championships in the high jump, hurdles, shot put and javelin, the Globe said, and was a national swimming champion in the breast stroke. She ran in her first meet on Boston Common when she was 16.

USA Track and Field, the sport’s governing body, said Friday it could not provide records for Rogan.

In 1928, when women competed at the Olympics in track and field for the first time, she was advised to train for swimming, but lost in the trials, the Globe said. When she tried for a spot on the women’s track team days later, she was unsuccessful.

Rogan is survived by a daughter and son, a sister, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was to be buried Friday in suburban Newton.

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