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Varsity Extra notebook: Rocky Mountain runner shines in elite mile

Junior Michael Slagowski of Rocky Mountain High out-leaned Pocatello’s Elijah Armstrong at the finish line to win the boys race at the Nike Jesuit Twilight Relays on Friday in Portland.

Slagowski’s winning time of 4 minutes, 9.17 seconds ranks No. 5 in the nation this season, according to dyestat.com. Armstrong, a Boise State signee, crossed in 4:09.18, which ties for the sixth best time in the nation.

“This is the first year that I’ve done a lot of really, really competitive races,” Slagowski told runnerspace.com after the race. “It feels really good to be able to do well in them.”

EAGLE SOFTBALL CONTINUES CLIMB IN NATIONAL POLL

The undefeated Mustangs wrapped up their 5A Southern Idaho Conference regular season with a 24-0 record and simultaneously moved up one spot to No. 16 in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings.

Eagle has outscored opponents 340-23 this season with 57 home runs.

AMERICAN FALLS GRAD CHASING WORLD CUP SPOT

Maria Sanchez, selected to Mexico’s U-20 national women’s soccer team in March, is one of 35 players competing for a spot on Mexico’s senior team for this summer’s World Cup.

The striker, who didn’t play any club soccer in high school, qualified for the U-20 squad after learning of open tryouts three days before they started. She has since impressed senior team coaches in friendlies, earning a shot at the World Cup roster.

Sanchez told the Idaho State Journal that Mexican coaches will continue to evaluate her in exhibitions in May, including a nationally televised match against the United States on May 17 on Fox Sports 1. The World Cup begins June 6 in Canada.

Sanchez scored 68 goals in 17 games during her senior season at American Falls in 2013, then added seven goals and eight assists last fall during her freshman campaign at Idaho State.

TWO TREASURE VALLEY RUGBY CLUBS RANKED

Mountain View’s 22-13 victory over Capital on April 25 vaulted the Mavericks from from 47th to 39th in the national high school boys rankings assembled by The Goff Rugby Report.

Capital, which kept its season alive with a 36-5 win at Rigby on Saturday, is ranked No. 50 in the nation by the website.

The state high school rugby championships come to Boise on May 16. Rugby remains a club sport in Idaho.

TIMBERLINE GRAD HAS STANDOUT SEASON

Michael Stefanic, a 2014 Timberline High graduate, was named to the 2015 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Team.

The Westmont College (Calif.) second baseman recorded 57 hits with a .365 batting average, which ranked fifth in the GSAC this season. He added 12 RBIs and struck out just five times in 176 plate appearances.

CENTENNIAL GRAD

EARNS ACC HONOR

Duke freshman Tanner Johnson was named to the ACC’s All-Academic team for outdoor track and field. Johnson ranks fourth in school history with a heptathlon score of 5,349 points.

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