It didn’t take long for Canadian-native Lauren Gale to make her presence known in Colorado track and field.
As a sophomore she won four gold medals, and broke a state record with her Discovery Canyon medley relay team. A year later, despite going through surgery and intense rehab just five months before the state championships, Gale still climbed on the state podium with a pair of silver medals and a fourth-place finish.
But she wasn’t satisfied. She wanted back on top.
Flash forward to 2018 and Gale has not only found her way atop the state podium once more, but has also earned the Gazette Preps Female Peak Performer of the Year honor in 2017-18.
“It was definitely surprising to win for sure, I saw all of the other athletes who are all so good and I was like ‘Oh my gosh, I have a lot to compete with',” Gale said. “But it was very exciting. I’m super happy because I’ve never really won a trophy before.”
Gale was honored along with the 31 other Peak Performers of the Year from 2017-18 at a Peak Performer banquet on Wednesday in Colorado Springs.
The Discovery Canyon sprinter won the 400, 200 and 100 at her final state championship meet, and helped the Thunder to a third-place finish in the sprint medley relay. She was named the 2018 Girls’ Track & Field Peak Performer of the Year.
Bound for Colorado State, Gale has national aspirations on the track. Last year Gale competed for Team Canada at the Commonwealth Youth Games, and hopes to qualify again for Team Canada in 2018.
“They will tell me June 19 if I get to go to Finland for the World Youth Championships for Under 20,” Gale said. “I filled out all of the paperwork, which took like seven hours, and I’m really excited.”
By paying Canadian athletic fees and USA track fees Gale can travel back to Ottawa in the summer to compete for Team Canada and the Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club team. For Ottawa Lions, Gale is among the top-five ranked sprinters in the club's history, recently passing Olympian Rosey Edeh with a career-best 23.96 seconds in the 200 during state prelims.
“I had no idea that was coming. I definitely didn’t think I was going to get my PR just because it took a while to get back from hip surgery and everything, so I was super excited,” Gale said, adding that she also broke her PR in the 100 at the state championships, but due to the wind it was not counted toward her official times.