By Abby Shade,
The Davis High track and field throwing coach may be new to the position this year, but she is no stranger to DHS. Lauren Guerrieri is a proud DHS alumni and while she may have graduated, she is still a Blue Devil.
During her time at DHS, Guerrieri played basketball and volleyball, along with being the captain of the throwing team for track and field. As a junior, she placed fourth in the state for discus, and third in the state her senior year.
Guerrieri is extremely qualified for her current position as DHS’ throwing coach, not only because of her own impressive throwing career, but also because of her contagious enthusiasm for the sport and her desire to get other people interested in the event as well.
“I created a volunteer program called Flying Feet, where [my friends and I] went to all of the junior highs and taught them track and field events during PE […] then we hosted a meet,” Guerrieri said.
Guerrieri had a blast in high school; however, her experience was different from many current DHS students’ in more ways than one. Not only was she a big track star, but she took classes at Sacramento City Junior College during high school as an alternative to AP classes.
“If I could give one piece of advice to current DHS students, it would be to take junior college classes instead of AP. Senior year was the best; I only had four classes on campus and then one class at Sac City. High school was great,” Guerrieri said.
Guerrieri continued her passion for throwing, particularly discus, at the University of Southern California and the University of Oklahoma but she stayed connected to the blue devils through Coach Elliott.
After getting her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Emergency Preparedness and Terrorism Response, Guerrieri moved back to town and became a Safety Specialist at a Civil Engineering firm.
“This past summer, Coach Elliott asked me to help coach track for the season,” Guerrieri said.
Since Coach Lauren has joined, the throwing team at DHS has grown significantly. As junior Justin Singh-Courtney put it, “we’re so lucky to have her.”