Rose continues to bloom on the track

Published 9:52 pm Friday, August 3, 2018

Suffolk native Michaela Rose continues to stand out on the national track scene.

Suffolk has had a lot of talent citywide on the track and field scene, and Rose is no different. She falls in line with the many talented student-athletes year in and year out who are able to do good things in track and field.

Rose has a different story than most of her peers, though. She is homeschooled, and because of it, she cannot compete in high school events.

Email newsletter signup

That hasn’t stopped her from competing against the best on a national level and still being able to stand out. She’s still hoping the “Tebow Bill” will get passed. The bill would allow Virginia homeschooled students to compete in public school sports and interscholastic activities.

The “Tebow Bill” is named after former NFL player Tim Tebow. He was homeschooled but was able to play in public high school sports in Florida. Back in January, the bill was turned down, but there is still hope it could be revived next year.

Rose is a rising sophomore, and if she is able to compete for a high school in the years to come, it will be at Nansemond River High School.

At the USA Track and Field outdoor meet last weekend, Rose won the 800 meters with a time of 2:00 in the 15-16 age group. She also competed and finished fourth in the 400-meter dash. Rose excels in the 800, and she currently has the nation’s seventh-fastest average time. At the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in June, Rose finished fifth in the 800. However, she did finish as runner-up in the 400.

As of this week, she is listed with the fastest 800 time in the state of Virginia with a time of 2:06.35.

Rose’s siblings are also track and field standouts. Each of them has medaled at nationals.

“We are grateful for the great efforts of our children,” Michael and Marcia Rose said of their children. “Michaela along with the rest our children are well on their way to great things. We are hopeful. We hope she breaks the state record in the 800 meters. She is only two seconds away.”