Rose siblings total nine medals

Published 9:32 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Suffolk’s Rose siblings totaled nine medals between the USA and AAU National meets recently.

Suffolk natives Michaela and Michail Rose each won national titles and earned a second trip to the awards podium for another All-American hat and medal during national meets. Michaela, who is the older sister, ran to an impressive victory in the girls’ 13-14 800-meter as she ran 2:12.14 to win by 1.67 seconds. The time lowered her career best by .81 seconds. She then ran 55.31 in the 400-meter to finish third.

Michail won his gold medal in the boys’ 11-12 80-meter hurdles with a time of 12.00. His career best coming into the championship was 12.59, which he lowered to 12.30 in the first round and then again to the 12.00 run in the finals. In the high jump, he cleared 1.55 meters (5-1) to finish second in the field of 51 athletes. The event winner also cleared 1.55 meters but had fewer misses at lower heights than Rose and was declared the winner. Rose also finished ninth in the long jump with a best mark of 4.94 meters (16-2½). He missed eighth place and all-American honors by just .75 inches.

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The youngest Rose sibling, Michailyn, picked up the fifth visit to the awards podium for the family as she finished fifth in the 9-10 girls’ 800. Her time was 2:33.60. She also finished 12th in the 1,500-meter in 5:30.68.

Michael Rose Jr., who is the oldest, didn’t do quite as well at the USATF meet. However, at the AAU Detroit Nationals, he ran two relays that placed third in the nation.