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“Building a Tradition of Excellence”

There is no bench in track and field. Every athlete has a chance to compete in an effort to help their team win. A typical track meet includes 18 events, at least one event for every type of athlete. We will have strength in numbers. Every type of person, student and athlete is wanted and needed on this team.

The Prior Lake Track and field program is built around character, commitment, and persistence. A man's character is a reflection of his commitment to excellence in everything he does. Our athletes will set goals, work hard, and measure the price of success daily. In order to be a successful program we will recognize the value of failure. Most people fail the first time they try something, but true failure only occurs when you quit or blame someone else. As a program, we will NEVER truly fail.

Track and Field is mistakenly known as an individual sport. Our program will focus on the True Team concept. Every athlete entered in a “True Team” meet scores points, and therefore is vital to the overall success of our team. The experience of shared success is always better then that of individual success.

Our track and field staff will enter every practice and meet with the approach that someday our program will win a State True Team Championship. On top of being knowledgeable, our staff will be passionate and enthusiastic about track and field and teaching our athletes. The Prior Lake Track staff will be organized and motivated. We will place athletes in the best position possible to foster individual and team success. We will build depth by developing 6-8 athletes in every event. The core and strength of our team will be in the 400 and 800 Meter races. We will be technically sound in all other events and our team will train hard.

Our expectations for the athletes will include a willingness to learn and compete in multiple events. Our athletes will experience the sacrifice necessary to be successful in the classroom, community, and on the track.

Our program will remain humble and represent Prior Lake with the utmost respect and integrity. It's amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit. Leadership starts with the coaches and ends with the athletes. Our athletes will learn to be leaders among their peers.

Ken Klamm

Head Boys' Track & Field