Coach's Corner

Full Moon Run Volunteer Opportunity.
Thursday July 25th in the early evening some LDC boys will be volunteering to help Movin Shoes manage the Full Moon Run. Those LDC runners interested in helping out should contact Donald (or Coach Nichols if all else fails) and he will point you in the proper direction. He has had a group chat going that has all the details.

St. Dennis
Saturday the 27th of this month is the St. Dennis Festival 5k. This is a fun race to get former and current LDC members to run in!! So anyone who is feeling motivated and fit come on to St. Dennis Parish Saturday morning and jump into this fun walk/run.

Summer tips: Don't start running if there is lightening around. Each household during the summer can certainly decide what they are comfortable dropping their athlete off in. Usually, the boys are good at cutting things short or just going home if the bad weather hits right when they are about to run. Rain usually is embraced it is the lightening we don't want them running in. Meanwhile, social media is a great tool for the group to get an idea of what people are doing. If I am around I will sometimes even post here in real time suggestions for the group.

In season I will be coaching and we will have a host of protocols to follow at school, but I wanted to make sure that those paying attention had an idea of what the boys are doing during summer running. If you have questions certainly email me.

Winding Down
As we wind down down for school we are slowly winding up for Cross Country. That is Cross Country!!! This summer athletes are going to want to get their Blue Slips from Mary in E3. Don't wait until August when the season starts to do it. Next Monday our Summer Running Group will get it going. If you don't have the schedule for that email Coach Nichols and he will make sure that you know the places the guys will meet at 7am Monday - Friday. The group is excited to get things going because they feel really motivated after a successful State Track Meet.

Note from Mary: Make sure lockers are cleaned out. THey need to be cleaned out by Tuesday or items will be confiscated.

Coach Krall is doing a CC clothing order before the end of school and asked if I was interested. Orders have to be in by June 10th. These are general LaFollette CC swag. Check out the link on the bottom of our Schedule Page. I will have another one later this year but for those that want to hop on and get a few things sooner have at it.

It was a strong showing at LaCrosse this past weekend. The 4x8 ran their fastest effort as a group and came a fraction of a second away from getting on our school 4x8 Top Ten list. They ran a 8:03!! Every leg had a strong PR. That is a great effort. Then Chris J came back and PRd in the 3200m running a 9:34. The following day Nick and Karl ran the 1600m and Karl ran an excellent Sophomore PR 4:32!! It was a great performance by all. The weekend was a great experience and should propel a lot of our underclassmen to high performance goals in the future.

Heading to State
Today the boys will be heading to State directly after school. They will then practice at a nearby high school before checking into the dorms at LaCrosse in order to get ready for Friday's competition. For all the State Meet details check out the WIAA Website!! Come on up and support the boys.

The winners have been picked and it was my pleasure to give TWO pairs of tickets out to the West relatives and the Brenneis relatives!! The West brothers sold one winning ticket to a relative and Sebastian sold another winning ticket to one of his relatives. Thanks to all that participated. One of my favorite things to do is give out free tickets to surprised people!!

Heat Sheets
Heat Sheets for State are up and linked to the Track Page. This gives spectators and athletes some knowledge as to what heat they will be running in. CHeck it out.

Tickets Due
Tickets and $$ due Tuesday at the Banquet once we get back from this 3 day break. The Season is winding down. Come up to Lacrosse on Friday and Saturday next week to cheer on the boys.

State Qualifiers!!!
Well, once again LDC has a strong group of State qualifiers!! The 4x8 qualified again for the state meet running a rocking 2nd place. We we right toward the front with Christian and Chris's leg. Then Donte the Frosh gave us our first and only lead of the race by out kicking his leg. Nick had a strong anchor against one of the best 800m guys in the state. Nick then came back with Karl in the 1600m and they both punched their ticket to State. Then Chris J ran a strong 3200m and made sure he would attend State in the 2mile for the second year in a row.

Tuesday Banquet
The LTF Banquet will be next week Tuesday. We do not have school Monday. Coach would like to have tickets and $$ in before the Banquet if possible. That would be preferred to holding a bunch of envelopes with $$ during the presentation. So please try to get them in before the end of this week.

Regional Champs!!!
The Lancers heated up the track on this cold cloudy night in Sun Prairie. From the 100m dash to the 3200M the Lancers would not be denied. The 4x8M coasted to a relaxed 3rd place finish to move on. Then a 1,2 finish in the Mile with Hellrood and Karl. Christian placed 4th getting in with a bunch of Seniors. And of course, Chris J ripped a win in the 3200m in order to cap it off running a Pr of 9:35!! It was a great set up for Thursdays big race. Results will be linked up on Track Page once they become available.

Summer Running
I have been fielding questions related to summer running and other information wanted and needed for new Frosh next fall. Parents and athletes that have question can continue to email Coach Nichols at We have a lot for soon to be freshman out there ready to get it going for Cross Country.

Today after school is the Regional Meet in Sun Prairie. The guys are set and fired up. Should be cool so dressed accordingly. This as mentioned before, is a preliminary round so athletes who get 4th place or better move on to Sectionals. Those that do not practice will be over unless an alternate for a relay.

Lead Up
The JV guys have some time off and the Regional Crew is getting geared up to head to Sun Prairie for the Regional Competition. There will be no practice Saturday but rather we will meet Sunday afternoon to have one final practice before Monday's competition.

Meanwhile, athletes will have to place 4th place or better in order to move on to the Badger Sectional.

Also, Lancer Relay results are linked to the Track Page.

Those that didn't make the Regional line up will be finishing their season after todays Cross Meeting. Lancer Relays was a fun way to get everyone together for the last time. Now we would like the LDC group that is not running Regionals take a bit of time off from running before starting the build up to CC. It was a great season for a lot of our guys. Lots of breaking of boundaries. Meanwhile, keep your eye out to see who moves on to the State Meet.

Thanks for all those who helped at the Lancer Relays.

Lancer Relays
Today we have the Lancer Relays!! This is a fun event where the whole team can be together for the last time in a meet as we start to go varsity only going into Regionals next week. For Distance we will have a 4x800, The Gauntlet Mile, and the DMR. We also have a couple Frosh going into a FR/SO 4x4.

Cross Country Informational Meeting
There will be an informational Meeting for New and Returning Cross Country athletes Thursday at 3:45 before Track practice. We will highlight the summer running club that meets in the summer. Those that have questions do not hesitate to email Coach Nichols -

It was a strong showing at the Conference Meet for LDC. The Lancers scored in every distance event. In some cases multiple guys scored in an event. The 4x8 started us off with a good 3rd place finish going right to the wire just to get beat by a couple strong anchors from competing schools. Nick, Chris, Seb, and Christian got us going. Then Nick came back in the Mile to score 4th. We had some young 800m runners score 7th and 8th, as Soph. Christian and Frosh. Donte sticking their nose in with the big boys. Then Karl and Chris placed 5th and 7th in the 3200m. We got a ton of complements for hosting a well run Conference meet so thanks to all who pitched in. Results for Conference will be linked to the Track page.

Next up Lancer Relays Wednesday.

The Lancer Community is Collaborating to pull off the Big 8 Conference meet tomorrow. So far things are getting lined up. Again, if anyone is interested in helping out please contact Mary in the Athletic Office. Athletes, Parents, and Community Members are going to help LaFollette pull this big event off. Running a track meet of this size is a collosal endeavor. Meanwhile the guys are feeling good and ready to go.

Cross Country Schedule
The 2019 Cross Country Schedule is posted on our site!! Some hosts may change and/or they may be minor changes before the season gets underway but much of it has been fleshed out. If you have questions you can certainly email me. Please put St. Dennis 5k AND NO FEAR ALL FUN on your calendar.

Cross Country will start Monday, August 19th!!! Start getting pumped.

Coach Nichols wrote a book. The link is on the Home Page!! You can get the digital version for less than $3 and the real book for $9 on Amazon. If you end up reading it let him know what you think. Runners will certainly like the running chapters.

Glacial Drumlin Trail Directions
Take Cottage Grove Rd. away from city going toward Cottage Grove. You will enter the village of Cottage Grove. The Piggly Wiggly on your left. Past McDonalds on your left. When you get to County Road N hang a right. Follow Country Road N over the railroad tracks and to the left is a plaza with a clock tower and the entrance of the Glacial Drumlin Trailhead. We will meet by the start of the trail.