Track & Field is a CHSAA 5A Spring sport and is comprised of a Girls Team and Boys Team at competitions. However, the teams practice together and share the same coaching staff. For the past eight years the Girls Track team has been the Jeffco Champs, and this season they placed second. Overall, the team typically qualifies several boys and girls for the State Championship.
Athletes of all levels and abilities are encouraged to join the team, as Track is a great way to cross-train for other sports. Once the Spring season officially starts in late February, team members are expected to practice every afternoon after school (Mon-Fri) and attend meets as assigned which are weekdays and Saturdays, and to keep their grades up for eligibility. Track & Field team members are eligible to receive an Athletic Letter based on varsity points earned throughout the season and at the coach’s discretion.The team also typically sponsors Track Club in the Winter to help athletes get in shape before the season starts.
Athletes are grouped into sub-level teams based on their talent - sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, distance runners, throwers and pole vault. At LHS, we only have a varsity level team. However, not all members are considered to be "varsity" level and athletes are assigned to meets based on their ability. Some meets are designed to be for entry-level competitors, and others for those with higher skills. Therefore, team members may not always participate in every meet. Check with your coach the day before a meet to confirm whether or not you are expected to compete.
CHSAA rules require schools to run weekly eligibility reports and any athlete with two “F-failing” grades will not participate in any meet the following week, unless they are able to show they have improved one of their grades to passing. They are still expected to practice. Additionally, athletes who have failed two or more classes are ineligible until they successfully re-take those courses and achieve a passing grade.