2017 Track Letter

The 2016 season was definitely one to remember with our girls’ team winning the 5A State Track & Field Championship. This was the 3rd state title in school history and the 2nd in 3 years. The girls’ team has been on quite a run lately and have been dominating the state for past 3-4 years. The 2016 season started with 160 student athletes working hard to achieve their goals which was our largest team in 4 years. In continuing the strong history of track and field success, the Lambkins brought home 3 individual state championships. Audra Koopman was the state champion in the long jump breaking her own school record earlier in the year with a leap of 19’8.5”. Becca Schulte capped off a fabulous career at FCHS, winning the state title in the 800m. Senior Thomas Robillard showed an immense amount of growth and toughness winning the state title in the 110m High Hurdles which was quite an accomplishment considering he didn’t even qualify for the state meet a junior.
Continuing a tradition from the previous seven years the Lambkin Team Challenge kicked off our competitive season with a team focused inner squad event, complete with costumes and cupcake 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 fourth straight year and the boys’ team rallied to win the Conference Championship as well showing their toughness.
The 2016 team had 11 first team All Conference athletes and 10 second team All Conference Athletes. We qualified 14 girls for the state meet in 15 different events and 16 boys for the state meet in 11 different events.
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 2017 season! Can the girls be back to back state champions for the first time in school history? Who will be chasing down individual state titles and school records this year? Can the boys’ team return to its dominance, repeat as Conference Champions and place high at the state meet? Can the girls’ team win their 5th straight Conference Title? How many kids will be out for track this year? Who will be the most improved athletes of the year? Many questions to answer and only one way to find the answer, see you on the track!
Conrad Crist
Head Track & Field Coach

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