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Track & field bolster championship roster with huge recruiting class

Coming off of one of the most successful years in recent memory, the Colorado State track & field team looks to be even better next year as the Rams brought in one of their largest recruiting classes in school history. 

Track & field Head Coach Brian Bedard will have a hefty crop of new faces for the 2019-2020 season, as the Rams will welcome 44 new athletes to the team. The newest signees will try to build off the success of last year’s squad, which is easier said than done. Last season, the Rams were the first program since 2011 to sweep both the Mountain West indoor and outdoor titles.

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The senior track athletes gather for a group photo during the last local meet of the season Sunday, April 15 in Greeley. The new class will look to build off their legacy. (Matt Begeman | Collegian)

Additionally, the Rams have won the indoor titles twice in the past three seasons and claimed the outdoor title twice in the past four years.

If previous accolades are any indication of the incoming class’ future, then the Rams will have no problem bringing in more titles. The group is full of multi-sports athletes, team captains and state champions.

Out of the 44 new athletes, 10 will be familiar with their surroundings as they are in-state products, with one, Allam Bushara, coming from Fort Collins High School. Two international athletes, Mauricio Galindo and Thomas Willems, will join the Rams from Guatemala and Australia, respectively.

With the athletes covering a wide range of events for the team, Bedard is excited about his new class and the upcoming year.

“This is one of the largest recruiting classes we’ve ever brought in,” he said. “We’ve got some key transfers coming in to strengthen some event areas. We also signed some high school seniors who love to compete and win. I think we have solid talent across the board and several walk-on athletes who will help our team in the near future.”

Sergio Santistevan can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @TheRealsSergio.

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