Michelle La Pointe first realized her track potential running field day at Pashley Elementary school. In eighth grade, Michelle joined the Burnt Hills track and field team and spent the next five years training and racing under the guidance of coach Richard Stevens.
During her time with the Spartans, Michelle received five varsity letters in outdoor track and field, two varsity letters in indoor track and field, and was captain her senior year. Michelle was a basketball player for the Spartan basketball team, but gave up basketball her junior year to focus on track. During her tenure as a Spartan track athlete, Michelle won 7 Suburban Council Championships (6 individual, 1 relay) setting the Suburban Council record in the 600 meter dash; 15 Section 2 championships (9 individual, 6 relay), and even held a Section 2 record in the 300 meter dash; and missed the Section 2 800 meter run record by 3 tenths of a second. Michelle still holds six records in indoor track and field – the 200 meter dash, 300 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 600 meter run, 800 meter run, and the 1000 meter run and records in outdoor track and field – 100 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run, and the 1500 meter run. Michelle was state champion her senior year in the 800 meter run and was also an All-American in the 800, placing fifth at nationals.
After graduating, Michelle attended Syracuse University on a track scholarship and earned two Bachelor degrees in history and television, radio, and film and a Masters degree in secondary social studies education. At Syracuse, Michelle ran four Division I seasons each in indoor track, outdoor track, and cross-country and was part of the school’s record-setting 4x400 meter relay team which also won the Penn Relays. Unfortunately injuries hampered Michelle’s college career.
After college, Michelle moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and began teaching world history and AP European history at Hopewell High School. She started out as an assistant track and field coach, but was promoted two years later as the head men’s track coach and head men’s and women’s cross-country coach, a position she has held for the last eight years. Five years ago she was also named the women’s head track coach. In her tenure as a cross-country coach, her team has won their conference championship three times and she was named coach of the year those same years. Her men’s track team won conference in 2010 and in 2011 her men’s track team took second place at the state championship. Michelle has had three state individual champions, three state runners up, a national champion triple jumper and a 4x200 relay that won nationals in 2010.