The men's cross country team from Cheyenne Mountain High School (CMHS) in Colorado Springs had an outstanding season this fall.
They won the CHSAA Class 4A State Championship, their first state title since 2010, and placed a close second at the National Championship this past December in Alabama.
Leading this talented team was head coach Stan Lambros.
In January, Lambros was recognized as the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) National Boy's High School Cross Country Coach of the Year.
This award is a career-defining honor.
Two cross country coaches (a boys and girls coach) from each U.S. state plus Washington D.C. are chosen as the State Cross Country Coach of the Year by a national committee of experts.
The winning coaches are selected based on their team's accomplishments during the season including their performance at the state championship, margin of victory, and individual championships.
Each state winner is then considered for the national title.
Amy Peters, the women's cross country coach from Lake County High School in Leadville, was selected as the girl's cross country coach of the year for Colorado. Stan Lambros earned the boy's state honor.
Lambros was then selected from the 51 boys' cross country coach candidates as the national winner. A well-deserved honor.
In addition to coaching, Mr. Lambros is a school counselor at Cheyenne Mountain High School. He will be retiring this year after guiding countless students and logging many, many miles. A dedicated educator and athlete that will have a lasting legacy in Colorado Springs.
Congratulations, Coach Lambros.