CSU track camp ready to take off

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Curt Yeomans


Clayton State University's new Track Camp is on its mark in the starting block, and it's ready to go, but it's not too late to sign up as a participant, the school has announced.

The camp, which will be held from June 6, through June 10, at Southern Crescent Stadium in Riverdale, is a new addition to the lineup of sports camps offered by the university's athletics department, according to a news release from the school.

"We've been wanting to do a track camp for some time, and now seems the perfect time to get one going," said Mike Mead, Clayton State's head track coach, in a written statement.

The camp will give area youths, who range in age from 6, to 16, a chance to learn techniques that will help them perform better in track and field events. The camp is scheduled to be conducted by the coaching staff of Clayton State's track and field teams, which have produced nine National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II All-Americans since 2002, according to the release.

"The camp will focus on proper warm-up routine, drills, flexibility and training for sprints, jumps and middle-distance training," the registration form states. "Instruction will also include starts, hand-offs and racing strategies for specific events."

The camp will last from 9 a.m., to noon, each day. Southern Crescent Stadium is located at 6231 Garden Walk Blvd., adjacent to Drew High School in Riverdale. The cost to attend the camp is $75 in advance, and $85 for people who register, in person, on June 6, according to the camp registration form.

The registration form can be found by going online to http://athletics.clayton.edu/general/summercamps.htm, and looking for the "Boys/Girls Track" tab on the calendar of upcoming sports camps.

Participants are being asked to bring clothing that is "appropriate" for early June weather, including shorts, a T-shirt, and comfortable running shoes. Youths are urged to bring a mid-morning snack and a drink, although water will provided for "frequent water breaks," the registration form states.

For more information about the camp, call (678) 466-4679.