Fowler upcoming senior Kassidy Lotrich didn't put away her throwing shoes after being edged out of the CHSAA 2A State Track and Field meet this year. Instead, she chose to continue working toward setting and reaching personal goals. Lotrich, who has competed with Colorado Speed since junior high, once again chose a summer of competing.


Fowler upcoming senior Kassidy Lotrich didn't put away her throwing shoes after being edged out of the CHSAA 2A State Track and Field meet this year. Instead, she chose to continue working toward setting and reaching personal goals. Lotrich, who has competed with Colorado Speed since junior high, once again chose a summer of competing.


This year at the USA Track & Field Colorado Junior Olympic State Championship held at Hinkley High School and All City Stadium, Lotrich not only qualified for the Region 10 Championships at Milne Staduim in Albuquerque, but set a new personal record in javelin. Lotrich competes in shot put, discus throw and javelin. Lotrich captured her fourth consecutive state championship in javelin, but fell short in shot put and discus throw.


The top four athletes in each division advance to the Region 10 championships, the following members of Colorado Speed will also advance:


Miles Marshall - 1st place Triathlon 9-10 boys
Ezequiel Rangel - 2nd place Shot Put 13-14 boys, 3rd place Javelin 13-14 boys, 3rd place discus throw 13-14 boys
Carlos Rangel - 2nd place Javelin 17-18 young men


Dating back to the mid-1960s, the USATF Junior Olympic program is the most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world. Nearly 70,000 youth athletes compete each year in the Junior Olympic Track & Field and Cross Country programs. Many of America's Olympians began as youth athletes, including stars such as Maurice Greene, Allyson Felix, Bryan Clay, John Godina, Deena Kastor, and Allen Johnson.


Through a series of progressional events consisting of preliminary, Association, and Regional meets, athletes have the opportunity to advance to the National Championships in track & field and cross country.


Once USATF members, participants can enter the Junior Olympics either as part of a USATF club or as "unattached." Competition takes place in six (6) 2-year age divisions, from 8 and under through 17-18.


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