Katie Follett on her days at Ft. Collins

Katie Follett on her days at Ft. Collins

In Africa Every Morning A Gazelle Awakens
Knowing That It Must Outrun
The Fastest Lion If It Wants To Stay Alive.
Every Morning A Lion Wakes Up Knowing That It Must Run Faster Than 
The Slowest Gazelle Or It Will Starve To Death.
It Makes No Difference Whether You Are A Lion Or A Gazelle:
When The Sun Comes Up You Had Better Be Running.

The first thing that pops into my mind when I think back to my time at Fort Collins High School is…that sick feeling I got in my stomach when my alarm went off several hours earlier than usual. This was followed by the state of total confusion that assailed me until I woke up enough to realize that I did indeed set the alarm and yes, it was because I was going to 5:45AM summer practice. 

Although it was a struggle to get out of bed, I never regretted those crack of dawn runs. Ironically, those runs are what I remember most fondly. There is something to be said for a crisp summer morning in Fort Collins, Colorado and the bonds that form between teammates when you continually see each others’ “morning hair”. Maybe I remember them so clearly because those runs embodied what Fort Collins High cross-country was about: a commitment. A commitment to the team, and also to myself. To something that was at times hard and strenuous, yet at the same time exciting and fun.

We got this attitude from our coaches, Craig Luckasen and Chris Suppes. They made a commitment to us. They generously gave up hours upon hours meeting us for not only these early mornings throughout the summer, but also for practices, individual and team meetings as well as numerous weekends traveling all over the state for competition. They went above and beyond what was required of them, setting up a several day camp complete with s’mores and team building activities in North Park, Colorado. 

It’s this type of commitment that the coaches have to the athletes, and the athletes’ have to one another that continues to result in top rankings. This synergistic dedication…and being able to handle sleep deprivation are what make me proud of the lambkins!! (Fyi, a lambkin is a baby lamb, and they are vicious. Don’t ever look them in the eye.)

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project


Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K


North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener


Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid


Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal


Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon


Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.