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'NDSU felt like home': Moorhead’s Michael Haugo commits to Bison track and field program

Haugo will compete in jump and sprint events for NDSU next year.

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Moorhead’s Michael Haugo anchors the boys 400-meter relay during the Minnesota state track meet on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in St. Michael, Minn.
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MOORHEAD — When selecting where he wanted to continue his academic and athletic careers, Moorhead’s Michael Haugo wanted to make sure that place felt like home no matter how near or far away it was.

With his commitment to North Dakota State University for track and field, Haugo found that place near to his current home of Moorhead.

“I had went through the recruiting (process) for a while with football and track and as I built my relationship with NDSU through visits, it just felt like home,” Haugo said. “So, I decided to commit.

“My goal was to find somewhere that I liked the people and I liked everything else. It didn’t matter how far away or how close it was. NDSU felt like home so I decided to go there.”

While Haugo had interest from multiple schools for both football and track, joining the track program at NDSU was always at the top of his list, he said.

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“I just always kind of loved track more,” he said. “I wanted to keep both doors open and see where football might take me but, at the end of the day, I decided to do track.”

Currently, Haugo plans to pursue a degree in business but is unsure of the specifics of which program he will choose.

Although he is in the midst of the Spuds’ football season, Haugo is already itching for spring.

“I’m just looking forward to getting back on the track,” he said. “My goals are to break the long jump record and I want to win a state championship.”

Haugo has come close — two inches, in fact — to the school long jump record while setting records in two relays last spring. The team of the Haugo, Jamal Dixon, Karson Wendt and Alonn Salman set the 4x100 record of 42.17 seconds. Haugo, Wendt, Dixon and Abraham Carlson set the 4x200 mark of 1 minute, 27.93 seconds. He hopes to improve upon those times in the spring.

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Moorhead’s Michael Haugo lands in the sand after a long-jump attempt during the Minnesota Class 2A state track meet on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in St. Michael. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Moorhead track coach Ron Davies shared his excitement for Haugo’s commitment.

“I’m excited for Michael,” Davies said. “Michael is an athlete. He is one of those guys that whatever sport he puts his mind to is probably one he could have success in at the next level. He is, obviously, very gifted when it comes to track. There’s a lot of things he can do.

“I’m really excited that he found a program that he’s happy about and excited that it’s NDSU because we’ll still be able to see him compete.”

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Davies commended Haugo’s ability to lead by example on the Spuds team and added Haugo has only scratched the surface of how good he can be.

“I think it’s a good program that will be a good test for him," Davies said. "It’s a good level for him to be at.

"It’s really going to push him to reach his potential which I don't think he’s anywhere close to. He’s got a lot of room to go. I think Michael can be something special when he gets to put more time into it and really focus on it and have those facilities to work with. I think he’s just going to blossom. It was a win for NDSU to get him.”

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