Former LPHS cross country star Mike Fout to be inducted into state hall of fame

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Mike Fout, deemed the best cross country runner in LaPorte High School history, will be inducted into the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCC) Hall of Fame on Feb. 2, 2018, in Indianapolis.

Fout is one of two male athletes to be inducted in 2018, the other being Bryce Brown of Evansville Harrison.

The IATCC posted this biography of Fout, who now lives and works in Washington, D.C.:

“Michael Fout is the greatest distance runner in LaPorte High School history. He earned that honor by winning the prestigious Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship in San Diego during the fall of 2007. Despite various injuries during his career,

Fout running in a meet during his LPHS days.

Mike also captured Indiana state titles in cross country and the 3200-meter run in track. He also placed 7th in the 3200m run during his sophomore campaign in 2006. In 2007, he was named Indiana Cross Country Runner of the Year. He notched four Duneland Athletic Conference cross country titles and was MVP three times. The Slicer star holds school records for 5000m (14:50) and 3200m (8:55.66) and made All-State four times. In addition, he set numerous meet and course records throughout the state that still stand, most notably at the New Prairie Cross Country Invitational. He was also an honor student during his career at LaPorte High School. Following graduation in 2008, Michael attended Florida State University on a full scholarship and graduated with top honors academically and athletically. He finished as the only two-time NCAA Cross Country All-American in FSU history (2010 & 2011) and was also a first-team track and field All-American (10,000m in 2013, 4th place). In 2010, he helped guide FSU to a runner-up finish at the NCAA national meet, held in Terre Haute, IN, the team’s highest ever finish. In 2011, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year and in 2013 he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. His personal records at FSU were 28:34.50 for 10,000 meters, 13:46.19 for 5,000 meters, and 4:05.47 for the indoor mile. After graduating from FSU, Mike ran professionally for a Nike group in New York for a short time. Mike credits his coaches Tim Beres and Bob Braman, and his family and teammates, for allowing him to achieve so much on the cross country course and track.”

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4 Responses to “Former LPHS cross country star Mike Fout to be inducted into state hall of fame”

  1. Brian L Graham

    Dec 22. 2017

    As a former Slicer, wow is all I can say. What a career you had, and I hope your future is just as bright. Grateful for the article to read about a Slicer whom I had not heard of prior to this. Go Slicers.

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  2. Mike Kellems

    Dec 24. 2017

    Awesome accomplishment for such a gifted athlete.I got to know Mike a little as he moved through high school… always struck me as the real deal, genuine and humble.

    Congratulations, Mike, on a most deserving achievement!

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  3. Jessica Wachowski

    Dec 27. 2017

    I am so very proud of you cousin! You are an amazing athlete and so very smart! You outdid yourself. You have accomplished so much and you have shined so bright, like the star you are! Love you and miss you!
    Love, Jessica

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  4. Coaches Brown and Williams

    Jan 31. 2018

    We had the privilege of coaching Mike Fout in Middle School. He was self motivated, self directed and talented! Fellow runners respected him because he was their leader. We are very proud of him and what he has accomplished. He certainly is a fine adult.
    Coaches Brown and Williams
    Kesling Middle School
    La Porte Indiana

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