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Hopkins boys, Rosemount girls win True Team track and field state titles

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, 05/17/19, 11:08PM CDT


Versatile Joe Fahnbulleh led the Royals boys.

Rosemount's Lauren Peterson, far right, led the pack early en route to winning the girls' 3200-meter run. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Led by the all-around effort of Joe Fahnbulleh, a victory and second-place finish by hurdler George Jackson and a victory and second-place finish in the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter runs by Eli Hoeft, Hopkins won the Class 3A Boys’ True Team State championship, ending Wayzata’s streak of six consecutive.

The Royals finished with 1,243 points while Wayzata ended with 1,180. Mounds View was third with 1,093.5.

“Everyone on this team worked for this and everyone wanted this,” said Fahnbulleh, whose meet included a victory in the 100 meters, a runner-up finish in the triple jump and a 13th-place in the high jump.

Known primarily as a sprinter, Fahnbulleh said he was willing to do any event he was asked to do. Triple jump? No problem. High jump? Why not?

“We all do this for each other,” he said. “The coach said ‘Hey, you’re competing in the high jump and the triple jump.’ I said ‘Yes sir.’ I’ll do anything to help this team win.”

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