Meet the 2020 Coaches
TRICIA VIETH – HEAD COACH – Sprints, Relays, Hurdles
[email protected] 720-548-0361
In high school, Tricia was part of the Iowa State Championship 4x200m team. Tricia continued track into her college years at Buena Vista University where she ran a national qualifying time in the 100m dash and set the school record in both the 4x100m and Sprint Medley relays. After college, where she earned her degree in Athletic Training and Sports Administration, her passion for wellness and fitness lead her to a career in helping the community achieve their own fitness goals. Today along with coaching at Fairview High School, she is a certified fitness professional, licensed massage therapist, and the manager at Runners Roost.
ALAN CULPEPPER – Distance
Alan is a lifelong runner that started as a young boy growing up in El Paso Texas and eventually led to qualifying for two United States Olympic Teams. He has been coaching for ten years in varying capacities with athletes from all around the world and all ability levels. Alan is married to fellow Olympian Shayne Culpepper and they have four children. While in High School Alan held 5 State Championship titles in Track and Cross Country and was a first team All American in Cross Country. While studying at the University of Colorado he was an 8 time Division I All-American and earned a National Title in the 1996 NCAA Championships at 5,000 meters. As a professional, Alan qualifying for two United States Olympic teams, competed on four World Championship teams and was a seven time National Champion. With a range of personal bests from 3:55.1 in the mile to 2:09:41 in the marathon Alan is one of only 25 individuals in the world to run under a 4min mile and under a 2:10 marathon.
Sean grew up in Northern Kentucky, and started running track in middle school. In high school he set the school record in the 5k becoming the first person in Conner High School history to run under 16 minutes. After high school he walked on to Eastern Kentucky University's cross country and track team. During his time at EKU he ran everything from the 800m to the 10k. He earned First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in both cross country and track. Sean was also a scoring member of the 2014 EKU team that ran a perfect 1-5 at the conference meet and finished finished 23rd at the NCAA Division 1 XC Championships. After his time competing in the NCAA came to an end, he served as a graduate assistant at EKU for the 2015-16 season. During that time the EKU men finished 17th at the NCAA XC Championships. A few years later, Sean found himself in Boulder and is now a special education teacher at Fairview High School.
CLAIRE BENJAMIN - Distance
Claire hails from Virginia, where her high-school cross country team won a record-breaking number of consecutive state titles. She then walked on to the Track & Field / Cross-Country team at Vanderbilt University, where she focused on cross-country and the 5k and 10k during track, picking up All-Southeastern Conference and All-South Region individual honors, competed in multiple NCAA cross-country championships, and her senior year, led the Vanderbilt women to a South Region Championship title in cross-country. Claire moved to Boulder to pursue her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Design at CU, and she now works in design research and strategy. Claire is entering her fourth year of coaching track and field at Fairview.
NATE GRAVELDING - Pole Vault and Hurdles
Nate is a true Colorado native, growing up in Golden, Colorado and attending Lakewood High school where he competed in pole vault, hurdles, and fill in jumps. He went on to be a decathlete for CU, placing in conference in 2018. He has been coaching field events and hurdles for the past several years and hopes to eventually be a high school biology teacher/ track coach. Nate got his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is currently getting his M.S. in Teaching and Learning in Science and working run specialty.
SARAH ROSENBERG - Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump
Sarah was a member of the Israeli National Track team where she competed in the Triple and Long Jump. She held the Israeli National Women's record in Triple for a couple years. College track began in DIV III where she won nationals in both Triple and Long, but later transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill,where she competed in the heptathlon. She has been coaching in one way or another for about twenty seasons. Her experience is with all ages, from her days with the Louisville Summer track program to collegiate level athletes at UVA.
ANDREW COBB – Sprint Assistant
Andrew grew up in north Boulder where he attended Fairview HS. He was on the football and track teams where he has played both offensive and defensive line positions as well as safety his last two years of HS. He ran 100m, 200m, 400m, and a few field events during his career but was best at the 200 and 400. Tricia came to FHS during Andrew's Junior season first as his sprint coach then both sprint and head coach his senior years. His senior year, Andrew was on three state qualifying relay teams that helped FHS bring home the men’s 2nd place team title. He went on to persue mechanical engineering at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Currently Andrew helps keep satellites in orbit, coach Track and Football, and ski/climb when time permits. This is Andrews second year of coaching track and he is hoping to get a few relays and individuals to state. GO KNIGHTS!
JOHN OSBORNE - Throws
Joined the Fairview faculty teaching in Social Studies in the fall of 2016. He has coached the throwing squad every year since and is looking forward to another season of personal records for his dedicated crew of throwers. Coach Osborne competed in track and field in high school and is passionate about developing strength in the weight room. As one of the few full time teachers in the building who also coaches track and field Coach Osborne is available for all student athletes during CAT time on Thursdays in room 661. Looking forward to sending a fresh group of young scholar athletes to State this 2020 season!
KIRK JOHNSON- Sprint Assistant
Kirk graduated from Boulder High School in 1984, where he lettered in track as a 400m/800m runner. After high school, he headed to MIT and switched to Ultimate, attending college nationals once (1986) and serving as team captain during his senior year (1988). After finishing his undergraduate program, he stayed on at MIT and completed his PhD (Computer Science) in 1995. He currently works at Google as a software engineer.
After a few years away (having temporarily relocated to London), he is excited to be returning for his fourth year as a part-time track coach at Fairview.