The Fowler High School track and field program has a new head coach this season as Alfie Lotrich takes over.

Lotrich takes over a girls team that won the Santa Fe League championship last season. The boys placed seventh.

"We have just more than 20 student-athletes on this year’s track team who are going to work hard to improve as athletes every day," Lotrich said. "We are going to emphasize effort and improvement on a daily basis. Each individual and relay team will make every effort to post their best times or distances at every opportunity."

The Lady Grizzlies return seven athletes from last year, including Ryanna Pruett, who qualified for the Class 2A State Meet in the triple jump. Several members of the 4x200 and 800 sprint medley relays teams also return.

Other girls returning include Ashlyn Alvey, Jacquelin Alvey, Martha Castaneda, Samantha Graham, Jayden Osborne and Abigail Prieto.

For the boys, Orin Carnes, who qualified for state in the 110-meter hurdles, returns, along with Luke Gonzales and Thor Schiffer.

Lotrich said that the goal for the Fowler track program is to improve constantly.

"We are going to work to improve daily and aim for personal records in every event by every athlete and relay team," Lotrich said.

Fowler opens the season at the Larry Pickering Invitational, hosted by Pueblo Centennial High School at Dutch Clark Stadium on Saturday.

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