GPSA Locations

GPSA Office
P.O. Box 413
Pueblo, CO 81002

Massari Arena
Pueblo, CO 81007

Hall of Fame Wall
Thatcher Building (Main Floor)
5th and Main
Pueblo, CO 81003

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Monday, 15 August 2022

GPSA Meetings

Below are the TENTATIVE meetings dates for the GPSA during the 2022 calendar year. All meeting are held on the third Monday of the month in the GPSA at Massari Arena. Dates are subject to change if necessary.

Jan. 17 Feb. 21 Mar. 21 Apr. 18
May 16 Aug. 22 Sept. 19 Oct. 17


Banquet Date/Application Deadline

The deadline for nominations each year is Aug. 1.  The 2022 Banquet is tentatively set for Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Go to the Application tab above to download and fill out an application today.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Jerry Sisneros, President of the GPSA. His email address is

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Larry Tommie Pickering

Larry Pickering (CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/FILE)Larry Pickering (CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/FILE)High School: Attended Trego County H.S., in WaKeeney, Kansas where he graduated in 1962...Pickering specialized in running the dash events on the track team where he earned four varsity letters in four years.

Personal Best at Trego County H.S.:
Event                    Time        
100 yd dash           9.9                    
220 yd dash        21.2            
440 yd dash        50.2            
Kansas State Track Meet        
Year    Event                  Place                               
1959    100 yd dash        3rd                     
1959    220 yd dash        3rd
1960    100 yd dash        3rd
1961    100 yd dash        2nd
1961    220 yd dash        1ST STATE CHAMPION
1961    440 yd dash        2nd
1962    220 yd dash        1ST STATE CHAMPION

College: Went to Ft. Hayes State College, graduating in 1966...Pickering earned NAIA All-American honors in track (outdoors) in 1965...Larry was a member of the mile relay teams that finished second and sixth in the nation, respectively at the NAIA National outdoor and indoor meets in 1965...He was also the Missouri Valley AAU champion in the 100 and 220 yard dash events as well as the League (CIC) Champion in 440 yard dash (both indoor and outdoor) in 1965.

Personal College Best at Ft. Hayes State College:
Event                    Best Time          
100 yd dash             9.8            
220 yd dash           20.8
440 yd dash           45.7            
880 yd dash        1:59.7

Advanced Education: Continued his pot-graduate studies at Ft. Hayes State College, earning a MS degree in 1967.    

Coaching Background: Pickering was the head cross country coach at Pueblo Centennial H.S. for eight years (1967-75)... In those eight seasons, his teams won five consecutive State Cross Country Championships (1969-73) and finished runner-up at state meets three other times (1967-68 and 1974)...Pickering's squads were city champions seven times in nine years, league champions six times in nine years and district champions four out of six seasons...Overall record for nine years: The Bulldogs recorded a winning percentage of .960  (Computed by taking the 77 Large meets Centennial has run in over the past 9 years and breaking them down into dual meets: 1,169 duals winning 1,122 and losing 47 others.)

Pickering coached five Individual State Cross Country Champions:  
Len Trujillo (1967-68)            
Dennis Trujillo    (1970-71)
J.J. Griffin (1972) who still holds State Record at 9:41    
Larry also served as an assistant coach on the Bulldogs track team fore two seasons (1968-69) before taking the reins of the program in 1970...
Track Athlete's who Excelled under Pickering at Pueblo Centennial H.S.:
1971-72    Dennis Trujillo        State Champion in Mile            
1973         J.J. Griffin                  All-American Champion in 2 mile     9:11.2        
1973         J.J. Griffin                  State Champion in 2 mile                   9:18.2        State Record
1973         J.J. Griffin                  Golden West Invitational in 2 mile     8:57.6*        5th Place

*Became the first Colorado High School runner to break  9:00 for 2 mile

Career Achievements:
    Colorado Cross Country Coach of the Year    1972    and    1974
    Lectured at national Coaches Convention in 1972 and 1974
    Lectured at Colorado Coaches Association Convention in 1972
    Lectured at High Altitude Training Camp at Camp Crockett   1971, 1972 & 1973
    Selected as Cross Country Coach of the Year for District 6 of the U.S. for 1974-1975 School Year.
    One of eight nominated for national Cross Country Coach of the Year for 1974-1975 School Year.
    Published article in The Coaching CLinic Magazine, June 1972 edition
    Published a book titled  "Dedication: The Key to Cross Country Success"
    Past President of Colorado Track Coaches Association
    Past Member of Colorado High School Coaches Association Board of Directors
    Presently a Member of the national Committee for Cross Country, representing District #6
Occupation: Pickering was a Teacher/Coach in School District #60 at Pueblo Centennial H.S.

Personal: Lived in Pueblo, CO...Was married for 51 years to his wife, Karen...Passed away, June 14, 2018.

Click HERE to view Pickering article.

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