Shane Moskowitz set West Sound record in cross country before moving on to run at Oklahowya State
NOTE: This is part of a series of biographies about inductees to the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s 2019 Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 25 at Kiana Lodge. A social hour begins at noon with lunch at 1 p.m. and induction at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at kitsapathleticroundtable.org.
Who’s the best distance runner in West Sound history? You could make a good argument for Shane Moskowitz, the multi-state champion from Central Kitsap High School who went on to run at Oklahoma State University.
The 2010 CK graduate set West Sound records in the 1,600 (4:08.6) and 3,200 (8:59.27) meters. He won the 1,600 and 3,200 state titles as a junior and senior and also won the Class 4A state cross country title his senior year.
Moskowitz was the 2009 Gatorade Washington Boys Cross Country Athlete of the Year and the 2008-09 Gatorade Washington Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. He placed ninth at the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships his senior year.
At Oklahoma State, Moskowitz broke the 4-minute mile mark during the 2013 Razorback Invitational at the University of Arkansas. He ran the mile in 3:59.48. He’s believed to be the only runner from Kitsap to ever break the 4-minute barrier.
Other personal bests include: 800 meters (1:53.08), 1,500 meters (3:44.31), 3,000 meters (7:57.79) and 5,000 meters (14:13.32).
While in college, he helped Oklahoma State win Big 12 and NCAA cross-country titles in 2012. He earned honorable mention All-American NCAA indoors honors in 2014 after helping OSU set a school record in the distance medley. The same year he placed second in the mile, eighth in the 3,000 meters and second in the 5,000 meters at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
Moskowitz earned All-Big 12 academic honors and graduated from OSU with degrees in finance and management in 2015 and currently works as a county assessor in Durango, Colorado. He still enjoys running, mostly on the trails, and is now into ice climbing and rock climbing.