(FORT DODGE, Iowa) – It is the time of the school year for the fall sports seasons to come to an end, and with those endings come award presentations. This year, at the NJCAA National Banquet in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Trinidad State's head Cross Country coach Lauren Masterson was honored with one of those awards. She was named the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association NJCAA West Region Women's Coach-of-the-Year for leading the TSJC women's team to a Region IX title and an eleventh-place finish at Nationals.
Masterson, along with her assistant coach and husband, Kyle, have created a pair of athletic programs from scratch at the Trinidad State Valley Campus in Alamosa. And, they have turned them into national contenders in just two short years. This award was her second of the season as she was also named NJCAA Region IX Women's Coach-of the-Year for Cross Country.
"Lauren and Kyle both do an amazing job," commented TSJC Athletic Director Mike Salbato. "They both have unlimited passion and knowledge about running, and it bleeds over to their student-athletes. They have come into a unique situation, starting cross country and track and field programs from scratch on our Valley Campus. There are not any other athletes or coaches over there so they are sort of on an island. Through it all they have really changed the culture. They have brought Trojan Pride to Alamosa. Five cross country All-American runners in two years, and it feels like they are just getting started. It is exciting to think about what their futures hold."
It is now time to move into track season, and with the recruits they have the future of that program looks extremely bright as well.