The 2017 season was another very successful year for the Lambkin track team. We started the year with 138 student athletes on the team! Track and Field is a game of numbers and when more kids come out for the team we are bound to find success. The girls’ team finished as the State Runners Up capping off a stellar last 4 years of competition as a team with 2 State Titles (2014 & 2016) and 2 Runner Up Titles (2015 & 2017)! Not to be outdone our boys team also had an outstanding year, they finished the season placing 6th at State much improved from their 15th place finish in 2016. The boys’ team will look to place even higher this season with many returning varsity members. Crowning 3 Individual State Champions was also a highlight of the season, Audra Koopman defended her state title in the Long Jump proving to be the best long jumper in FCHS history! Lauren Gregory had an amazing state meet, winning two individual state titles (800m & 1600m) and setting 3 school records (800m, 1600m, 3200m). All in all 4 school records were broken through the course of season, sophomore Allam Bushara shattered the triple jump record with his jump at the John Martin Invite of 47’ 5.75.”
Continuing a tradition from the previous eight 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 for the 8th straight year. The girls’ team won the Conference title for the fifth straight year and the boys’ team repeated as Conference Champions as well!
The 2017 team had 14 first team All Conference athletes and 6 second team All Conference Athletes. We qualified 17 girls for the state meet in 18 different events which is almost unheard of and 18 boys for the state meet in 10 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 and our philosophy of watching/participating in the entire track meet from start to finish so we support all events and teammates.
The question always remains, what will happen in 2018? Can the girls win an unprecedented 6th straight Conference Title? Will the boys’ team make a run for a state title? How many kids can we get out for the FCHS track team this season? With all the uncertainty one thing is clear, we are excited for the 2018 season and can’t wait to see what happens! See you on the track!!
Head Track & Field Coach
Fort Collins High School2018 Track Letter