Interview with Boulder HS XCountry Star: Kelsey Lakowske

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Boulder High School phoneme Kelsey Lakowske is interviewed by just after the Colorado State Championships in November. With only 2 years of running under her belt, she has emerged as one of the region’s best. Currently under the tutelage of Monique Guidry the Head Coach at Boulder High School and also trains with Melody Fairchild and her Fairchild Flyers.

The interview covers her recent success, how she found running, her coaching and training, and her other interests.

Kelsey Lakowske says had never really “competed” in sports before her sophomore year at Boulder HS – just playing soccer for fun, some training in ai-kido, some ultimate Frisbee.  Then upon transferring to her current school, she went out for XC and found herself very quickly going from wondering if she could finish hill runs to motoring under 20:00, under 19:00, then finally 18:09 at her first Liberty Bell, taking 4th.  She went on to take 3rd in the Colorado 5A meet, then went the USATF JO route for the post-season, going all the way to Virginia for nationals where she won the Intermediate Girls race.

Her 2009 track season was also a first, and it concluded with her dramatic 3200 win in 5A state as she passed two in the final lap to win in 10:49.18.  Add a lot of confidence and a super summer of training, and Lakowske has now become the dominant force in talent-rich Colorado.  She’s unbeaten, with big wins at St. Vrain, Liberty Bell, and 5A state last weekend, getting down to 17:19 at regional and 17:28 at state for 5k.  Update: Lakowske also finished 5th Overall at Footlocker Midwest in 17:52

Read the interview with Kelsey at in their Star Squad Spotlight

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