LEWISTON - Lewis-Clark State Track and Field has already found a great deal of success when recruiting from Lewiston High School. All three former Bengals currently on the women’s team (Anika Grogan, Madigan Kelly and Jennah Carpenter) have hit national qualifying marks both individually and as part of a relay team. Now, the group is set to add another in the fall.
Lewiston High School's Emily Collins, the youngest daughter of LCSC Track & Field Coach Mike Collins and LC head athletic trainer Tracy Collins, will officially join the Warriors next season.
“Family will have a new meaning for both Tracy and me for the next few years when it comes to LC State and our track program,” Mike said. “I have many peers in the coaching world that have had their children compete for them, and they have all said what a special time it is. I am looking forward to it, with the bonus that we have added one of the top sprinters in the Northwest to our program. Coach Stuffle has done an amazing job with her at LHS and I have no doubt that this development will continue with us.”
Emily has made a name for herself on the track at Lewiston with school records in the 400m and 4x400m relay. She is currently chasing her mother Tracy’s record in the 200m. Emily is ranked first in 5A in the 200m and fifth in the 400m.
In 2019 she won the conference title in the triple jump, and qualified for State in the 400m and triple jump. As a junior in 2021, Emily qualified for the State meet in the 400m and 200m. She was the high-point scoring leader in both 2019 and 2021, was named a KLEW Prep Athlete of the Week this season, and will graduate as the class Valedictorian. Emily also competed in and was voted the Top Teammate in basketball and cross country.
Part of an athletic family, Emily’s mother Tracy holds records at Lewiston High School and competed at Boise State. Her sister, Kassie, played volleyball at Walla Walla CC, and her “adoptive” brother, Sam Atkin, is well-known for his success on the track.
“I chose LCSC because it is a place that feels like home where I can be supported in both my academic and athletic careers,” Emily said. “I have always wanted to wear an LC jersey, so I am excited to have the opportunity to do so while running under a program with amazing coaches and teammates that can help me accomplish my goals.”