STATE TRACK: Tigers’ Rose finds redemption with 1,600-meter medal

DES MOINES – This time last year, South Hardin’s Tim Rose was being told that he may never run again.

But through an intense rehabilitation process and plenty of hard work, the Tiger junior got back on his feet and back into action.

The redemption of one of the toughest years in his life transpired this weekend when Rose competed on the blue oval at the Iowa Co-ed State Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium.

After a less-than-stellar performance in the Class 2A 3,200-meter run Thursday, Rose bounced back with a brilliant effort in the mile, closing out his junior campaign with a fourth-place tally and state medal.

“I didn’t do so well in the 3,200, but this race went well,” said Rose, who also put together a strong cross country season this past fall. “I would have liked to have gotten that other kid just ahead of me, but fourth place – I’ll take it.”

Rose, who said he tore his ACL during basketball season two years ago, ran most of the race near the middle of the pack and was sitting in about eighth place with 200 meters to go. His final kick moved him up four places and he hit the finish line in a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 29.65 seconds.

“I just tried to pace off the Des Moines Christian kid because I did that at districts and ran my PR,” Rose said. “I tried to kick it in at the end to get the Monticello kids. You always want to do better and place a little higher but I am happy with how I ran.”

Monticello dominated the team standings on the weekend and went 1-2 in the mile Saturday. Michael Melchert won the race in 4:26.32, while JJ Frawley was runner-up in 4:27.81. Okoboji’s Jordan Hanna took third in 4:28.87.

After the strong performance on the biggest stage possible for Iowa high school track and field, Rose was quick to give credit to several people who helped him on his journey back from the knee injury.

“You just have to praise God for giving me this chance, and my coaches and my physical therapist for helping me along the way,” said Rose, who was 18th in the Class 2A two mile Thursday. “They told me I may never run again after I tore my ACL. My physical therapist Greg Salvo deserves a lot credit. Coach Mark Bunt also did an amazing job getting us into shape. We had only five outdoor meets before state so he did an amazing job with us this year.”

Monticello (96 points) ran away with the 2A team title, nearly doubling up runner-up OA-BCIG (49). Dyersville-Beckman was third with 42, while Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central took fourth with 35 points. Cascade rounded out the top five with 29.

Western Christian (58) took the 2A girls title, followed by Cascade (49.75), Des Moines Christian (48), Treynor (47) and Hudson (40).