Moffat County High School’s Lauren Samuelson to run track, cross country for Metro State
It’s a good thing Moffat County High School’s Lauren Samuelson enjoys running because she’ll doing a lot of it at the next stage of her athletic career.
Lauren signed a letter of intent Wednesday to don the blue and red of the Roadrunners for both track and cross country at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
“What a great day,” said MCHS Athletics and Activities Director Mike Mitchell as the senior went through the paperwork with parents Mark and Shannon, coach Todd Trapp and sister and teammate Emma present.
Lauren said she had narrowed her choices to Metro or Colorado Mesa University, both of which are only a few hours from home. While enrolled, she plans to study biochemistry and eventually go on to work in the pharmacology field, possibly as a pharmaceutical engineer.
Between academics and athletics — her arrangement includes a partial scholarship — she’ll have a busy schedule in college, likely running the entire year with indoor and outdoor events between the two sports.
“I think I’m most excited just to be part of a team,” she said.
A regular competitor for MCHS track in relay and individual events, last season setting a new school record in the 4×200-meter relay and placing third at state. She also picked up long-distance running last fall and attended the 3A state championships with the girls cross country team, placing 48th and contributing to the group’s fifth place finish.
Lauren simultaneously played varsity volleyball while running cross country in a senior year that has been an eye-opener for her.
“It’s taught me leadership and how to work with people on a team,” she said. “(Coaches) have pushed me and encouraged me and given me a lot of support.”
Her parents were bursting with pride.
“She’s worked really hard to attain this, and we’re very excited this worked out for her,” Mark said.
Shannon noted that Lauren is the second Samuelson child to play college sports, older brother Michael on the Mesa football roster. Lauren’s twin sister, Alex — a fixture of the volleyball, swimming and soccer teams this year, as well as field events during track meets — may also seek out athletics after graduating.
Emma, who runs alongside Lauren in relay events, could also be headed for college track if she stays the course, coach Trapp said, noting that he foresees Lauren as a great addition to any team.
“She’ll be a great competitor,” he said.
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