Athlete. Mike Cielocha put up impressive numbers on the track, winning or sharing five all-class gold medals, while winning nine Class B gold medals and leading Columbus Scotus to the Class B team titles his junior and senior years. As a sophomore in 1977, Cielocha won the Class B 220- and 440-yard dashes with times of 23.6 and 48.9 seconds, respectively. He also placed second in the 100 and was on the runner-up 880-yard relay team. As a junior, he won the 220 (21.9) and 440 (49.8) and ran on the winning 880-yard relay team (1:32.3), while again finishing second in the 100. During his senior year, Cielocha won the 100 (10.2) , 220 (22.2) and 440 (48.7) and ran a leg on the winning 880-yard relay. He was three-year starter in football, making the Class B all-state team in 1978. He also played basketball and was the captain of the track team at the University of Nebraska.
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