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Rocky Mountain High’s Slagowski wins Gatorade track award

Rocky Mountain senior Michael Slagowski won the 1,600 meters well ahead of the competition at the 5A state track and field meet May 21 at Dona Larsen Park in Boise.
Rocky Mountain senior Michael Slagowski won the 1,600 meters well ahead of the competition at the 5A state track and field meet May 21 at Dona Larsen Park in Boise. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Michael Slagowski of Rocky Mountain High swept the 5A state championships in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters for the second straight season in May, earning him the 2015-16 Gatorade Idaho Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year on Friday.

In April, Slagowski became just the ninth high school runner in U.S. history to run a sub-four minute mile, winning the Jesuit Twilight Relays in Portland, Ore., in 3 minutes, 59.53 seconds. Against a field of pro competitors in May’s Prefontaine Classic, Slagowski clocked a 3:59.78 to become the first prep runner to break four minutes twice in the same outdoor season since Jim Ryun in 1965.

In his final state meet in May, Slagowski set an overall meet record in the 800 in 1:49.36, leading the Grizzlies to the team championship.

“To be a good distance runner, it takes determination, talent, work ethic and belief in your ability,” Rocky Mountain distance coach Bob Hayes said. “Michael Slagowski has all these qualities and more. He is a combination of speed and endurance, which makes him a very talented runner.”

Slagowski has signed to compete at Penn State beginning this fall.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX

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