HSer Michael Slagowski breaks 4 minute Mile at Jesuit Twilight Relays
"The backstretch was just completely lined up with people screaming. It definitely was a lot of adrenaline. It was awesome.”
By Jerry Ulmer, The Oregonian / OregonLive
By the time Michael Slagowski hit the last lap in the elite Mile at the Jesuit Twilight Relays on Friday night, he was running on fumes.
But the senior from Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, Idaho, also was face-to-face with the Holy Grail for distance runners: the sub-4 minute Mile.
“My legs were burning, and I was already super tired,” Slagowski said. “I just kind of forgot about it. The backstretch was just completely lined up with people screaming. It definitely was a lot of adrenaline. It was awesome.”
The Penn State-bound Slagowski didn’t disappoint the crowd, finishing in 3:59.53 to become the 9th U.S. high school runner ever to break the coveted 4 minute barrier, and only the third in a high school-only meet. It was a stunning performance by Slagowski, who shaved six seconds off the personal best that he set April 16 at the Pasco Invitational.
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