Gary Afram, right, of Rosemount, won the 100-meter race on Saturday in the Class 2A track and field state meet at St. Michael-Albertville High School. His time was 10.70 seconds. Photo: ANTRANIK TAVITIAN • firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a good day to be a Hatleli. Husband and wife Jay and Sara Hatleli coach the Rosemount boys’ and girls’ track teams, respectively. Both teams captured state titles at the Class 2A track and field state meet at St. Michael-Albertville High School.
“I knew they were going to compete,” Jay Hatleli said. “I didn’t necessarily know they were all going to do as well as they did, but I knew they would compete.”
The team got of to a good start when Gary Afram won the 100-meter dash. He also anchored the winning 4x200 relay, which had its best time of the season (1 minute, 29.65 seconds). Senior Brennen Peterson finished sixth in the 1,600.
But when the 4x100 relay dropped the baton, the Irish felt deflated. At least until the 400, when junior Miles Townsend, who was seeded ninth, finished fourth.
“All of the sudden, it was like we were back in it again,” Jay Hatleli said.
The boys took the team title with 55 points.
In the girls’ meet, Rosemount’s standout junior Ava Cinnamo won the 100 and 300 hurdles and placed seventh in the triple jump.“Every year she’s continued to improve,” Sara Hatleli said of Cinnamo. “She had some great goals set for herself, and they came through.”