Girls Track: Gati signs with Augustana College

Rochelle senior Afi Gati will be continuing her academics and her track and field career at Augustana College next year. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Rochelle senior planning to study biology

Rochelle senior Afi Gati hasn’t finished below third in any varsity shot put competition for the Lady Hub track and field team this season. Gati’s success in the throwing events stems from the continued progress she’s made over her four years with the track and field team. She’ll be looking to grow even further when she competes for Augustana College after high school.

Gati recently signed her letter to continue her academics and her track and field career with the NCAA Division III Augustana College women’s program next year. A three-sport student-athlete for the Lady Hubs, Gati brought home Interstate 8 All-Conference Honorable Mentions in both volleyball and basketball this season. Gati finished third in the shot put and sixth in the discus during the Interstate 8 Conference Championship meet earlier this week.

“I’m looking forward to the new competition,” Gati said. “RTHS has taught me to keep competing, even when the situation gets hard. I plan to work toward my bachelor’s degree in biology and become a family physician. I’m interested in working with a medical humanitarian organization like Doctors Without Borders. I hope to have fun and enjoy my time there.”

Gati has recorded four shot put victories and three discus victories for the Lady Hub track and field team this season. The senior thrower currently holds personal-best marks of 35 feet 1 ¾ inches in the shot put and 95 feet 1 ¼ inches in the discus. Gati’s offseason work was recognized this past summer with the 2020 Hub Power Girls Weightlifter of the Year Award.

“Afi has been a key contributor for us since her freshman year,” Rochelle Lady Hub track and field coach Alison Vrana said. “She started throwing in the high 20-foot range as a freshman and now she’s breaking into the upper 30-foot range. Her leadership and commitment to both the team and to her academics sets a great example for our younger athletes. I’ve really enjoyed watching Afi get better as an athlete and watching her grow as a person.”

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