Meet Info

Track & Field

The track & field program at LHS is centered around growing young people in their faith in Jesus Christ.  Daily prayer, team devotions and a team retreat every season help to keep the focus on the Author and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus.  Coaches and athletes believe that remaining focused on faith as a central aspect of activity participation leads to greater success both on and off the track.  Recent successes for the program include 2 Girls MSHSAA 2A State Championships, 5 MSHSAA State Championships in relays, and 5 individual MSHSAA State Champions.  The same time period has seen over 40 All-State track & field finishes from LHS athletes.

Brandon Tripp - Varsity Head Coach

Coach Tripp will begin his first season as the head track coach at LHS, after serving the previous two years as an assistant coach.  He also serves as the head football coach at LHS.  Since 2003, Coach Tripp has been a volunteer, assistant, head coach and director of …

middle school, high school, collegiate and club athletics.
He is a 2001 graduate of Thornton Township High School (Chicago, IL.) and 2006 graduate of Greenville College (Greenville, IL.). He was a 3 sport athlete (Football, Wrestling & Track) in which he was an 8x All-State & 6x NCAA All-America award recipient. Greenville College also competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in which Coach Tripp received 18 All-America awards and was a part of 7 National Championship teams. Coach Tripp played 3 years Semi-Pro Football as a WR/RB for the Effingham Panthers and led the USFA in receiving yards (1,388) in 2007.
He began his coaching path with the Fellowship of Christian Athlete program and has been blessed with the opportunity to coach Football and Track & Field at both of his alma-maters Thornton Township High School (IL.) & Greenville College (IL.). From 2008 – 2015, Coach Tripp served as the Head Track & Field and Assistant Football coach at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School. Coach Tripp has coached 11 IHSA/ MSHSAA State Champions & 2 NCAA National Champions in Track and Field. Coach Tripp led the CBC Track & Field Cadets to back to back team trophies in 2013 & 2014 and assisted the Cadets Football program to a State Championship victory in 2014.
Coach Tripp is currently working toward an M.A.E in Coaching and has a USATF Level II Certification in Sprinting. He and his family live in Maryland Heights.

Elizabeth Fruend - Varsity Head Coach

LHS Alumnus, Elizabeth Fruend (ne Burch), is excited to be joining the Cougar Track coaching staff in 2018. Elizabeth currently teaches Geography, Physical Education, and Health, at LHS. Elizabeth has helped coach track at Immanuel St. Charles, for the past 7 years,  …

where the teams earned 6 Boys State Championships, and 3 Girls State Championships during her service. Elizabeth is the faculty representative for Cougar Archery, and helps coach the LHS Cross Country team. We appreciate her competitive attitude, with a smile. She is active personally, having run in 12 half marathons, and continues to run before most of us are awake early in the mornings. Elizabeth is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, where she was a four -year varsity starter for the women’s basketball team and an all-conference player.  Elizabeth is married to Rick who is also an alumni of Lutheran High, they have three children; Joshua a senior, Julia a junior and Travis a freshman. 

Team Highlights

  • State Final Four Appearances

    First: 2013, 2014
    Second: 2004, 2005 
    Third: 2003, 2012
    Fourth: 2011 


  • District Championships

    2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017