Kassidy Lotrich, a Fowler High School sophomore, along with her teammates from Colorado Speed competed in both the State and Regional meets for the USA Track and Field (USATF) Junior Olympics.

Dating back to the mid-1960’s, 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 and 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.

Throughout a series of progression events consisting of preliminary, Association, and Regional meets, athletes have the opportunity to advance to the National Championships in track and 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.

This year competing for Colorado Speed, coached by Rodney Marshall from La Junta, were Kassidy Lotrich (Fowler), Randi Foxhoven and Addy Foxhoven (Cheraw), Gabe Longworth (McClave), Brianna Habnick and Duncan Habinck (Rocky Ford), and from La Junta Ryan Remick, Ezequel Rangel, Carlos Rangel, Nya Marshall, Miles Marshall, and Riley Remick.

The top four placers from the State Meet advanced to the Region X Meet held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs

Region X consists of four USATF Associations –Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Border (El Paso/West Texas). Each association was eligible to enter four entrants per individual event.