2016 Head Coach Crist Letter

The 2015 season finished with a bang, when our girls 4x400m completed the final event at the state meet as state champions!  Our 2015 girls’ team finished as state runner’s up and are looking forward to contending for the state title again in 2016.  The 2015 season started with 140 student athletes working hard to achieve their goals.  In continuing a the strong history of track and field success, the Lambkins brought home 3 individual state championships.  Sophomore Lauren Gregory defended her state title in the 3200m placing 1st and earlier in the year she ran the 3rd fastest 3200m in state history and a school record time in 10:25.72.  Becca Schulte won the 400m and finished with the 4th fastest time in state history and a school record time of 53.64.  The girls 4x400m relay team of Jasmine Chesson, Lauren Gregory/Vendela Olsson, Devynn Miller and Becca Schulte placed 1st with a school record time of 3:49.52.

Continuing a tradition from the previous six years the Lambkin Team Challenge kicked off our competitive season with a team focused inner squad event, complete with costumes, cake decorating and eating/relay contest!  This event encourages students to try new events and familiarize themselves with all of what track and field has to offer while getting to know their teammates and coaches.  From a competitive standpoint, the Boys and Girls Teams were both city champions.  The girls’ team won the Conference title for the third straight year and the boys team placed second at Conference.

The 2015 team had 13 first team All Conference athletes and 7 second team All Conference Athletes.  We qualified 18 girls for the state meet in 14 different events and 15 boys for the state meet in 9 different events.  Throughout the season, 7 school records were broken and 5 of those came at the State Meet.  Lauren Gregory broke 3 individual school records in 2015, she broke her own 3200m and1600m records and also broke the 800m record.  Becca Schulte broke the 400m school record.  Our girls 800m Medley Team of Maddi Bollig, Audra Koopman, Vendela Olsson and Becca Schulte broke the school.  The girls 4x100m relay team of Maddi Bollig, Audra Koopman, Ava Wald and Jasmine Chesson broke the school record.  And our girls 4x400m relay of Jasmine Chesson, Lauren Gregory, Devynn Miller and Becca Schulte broke the school record.

In a school such as Fort Collins High School, traditions are extremely important.  We continued our excellence in performance which was recapped in the previous paragraphs.  Additionally, Fort Collins High School has always been known for its’ school spirit and team atmosphere, we continued to nurture this approach by having team captains, which gave students leadership opportunities.  Also, we continued our Lambkin Team Challenge Event, daily team warm-up, team dinners, Egg Hunt, team warm-up games and our philosophy of watching/participating in the entire track meet from start to finish so we support all events and teammates.

We are all looking forward to the 2016 season! Can the girls bring back another state championship?  Who will be chasing down individual state titles and school records this year?  Can the boys team return to its dominance and place high at the state meet?  How many kids will be out for track?  Many questions to answer and only one way to find the answer, see you on the track!

Conrad Crist

Head Track Coach

Fort Collins High School

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