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2018 All-Area Boys Track Athlete of the Year: Blake Moseley, Madison

John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

By MARLOWE HEREFORD
mhereford@postregister.com

Before he wore spikes, recent Madison High School graduate Blake Moseley wore baseball cleats.

A scary incident during his freshman year prompted a change of course.

Moseley was hit in the face by a baseball, breaking bones around his eye. The next year Moseley, who also plays football, decided to join Madison’s track program.

“I’ve always been known for my speed, so I just decided to try out,” Moseley said.

His teammates took notice of his speed right away, and in time, so did eastern Idaho and the rest of the state. He reached 5A state as a sophomore and junior in three events, contributing to school records in the 4×100 and 4×200 as a junior and getting his first medal as part of Madison’s fourth place finish in the 4×200.

He kicked it up a notch as a senior by medaling at state in the 100, 200, 4×100 and 4×200 after taking gold in all four at the 5A District 5-6 meet. He placed third in the 100 finals in 10.85 (his third sub-11 time this season), fourth in the 200 in 22.04 a day after running 21.98 in prelims, anchored Madison to a third-place finish in the 4×100 and to second place by .06 seconds in the 4×200. He won the 100 four times, the 200 four times and anchored the 4×100 to five wins and 4×200 to three wins this spring. He also set and contributed to school records in all four: 10.8 for the 100, 21.98 for the 200, 42.50 in the 4×100 and 1:27.84 in the 4×200.

For ending his senior season in Madison’s record books and with some of the fastest times in Idaho for all four of his events, Moseley is the Post Register’s All-Area Boys Track Athlete of the Year.

Rigby head coach James Parrish said the last 5A/4A athlete he could remember attaining four school records after two consecutive seasons was Elsja Mecham, a current BYU athlete who won eight 4A state track golds at Rigby from 2013 to 2014 before moving to Utah.

“To be that competitive at the 5A level … he’s a great kid,” Parrish said. “Just a really awesome kid.”

Madison head coach Steve Barrus described Moseley as an athlete who quietly but consistently put in work. Barrus said it was fun to watch Moseley reap the rewards this season.

“I do not think he knew how fast he was gonna get,” Barrus said. “He showed up to every race trying to get faster and get better and he did. He gave his heart and soul. He’s gonna be an outstanding young man in whatever he does.”

Taking a baseball to the head pointed him toward track, but it wasn’t his last sports injury. He battled high ankle sprains during his last two football seasons, limiting his playing time. At the end of 2017, he also had a ski accident that left a scar still visible on his right knee.

John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

Moseley said he was a little nervous about being healthy enough in time for track, and his early season times slightly concerned him. Then he ran a school record 10.8 to win the 100 at the Bonneville Invite on April 20 and won the 200, took second in the 100 and anchored the 4×100 and 4×200 to wins and meet records at the annual Tiger-Grizz Invitational a week later.

Perhaps the greatest joy of all came in the 200 state prelims when he got school record No. 4 with his No. 6 Idaho all-classification time of 21.98.

“I was so happy,” Moseley said, a grin spreading across his face. “I feel like a lot of people give up senior season. That was one of my goals was to get that school record.”

Moseley leaves July 25 for his two-year LDS mission to Knoxville, Tenn., and is unsure about pursuing collegiate athletics upon his return, although he said track would be his sport of choice. A self-described “mellow person,” Moseley said he enjoyed the more relaxing atmosphere of track that allowed for conversations with teammates and competitors before and after races. He also cherishes the bond and trust he and relay teammates Austin Burrell, Karson Hastings, Cooper Poll and Val Clarke formed through multiple sports and strengthened by track.

This track season in particular also allowed him to conclude his Madison career healthy, for which he said he is grateful.

“It was nice to run track and show people what I was capable of,” Moseley said. “Hopefully I can keep those records, but we’ve got some great athletes coming up.”

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