Athletics (Track & Field)

Athletics encompasses all track and field events: short, middle, and long distance running, relays, shotput, mini-javelin, softball throw, as well as running and standing long jumps. There are levels for every age and ability including wheelchair events.

Coordinator:

Lavonne Smith – lavonne_smith@hcpss.org

Head Coach:

Shirley Duhaney – szduhaney@yahoo.com

Training Times & Locations:

Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Wilde Lake High School track
Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Wilde Lake High School track

Practice Overview:

  • Athletes will be divided according to ability for running events; there
    are 2-3 coaches for each level. Beginning athletes will learn to stay
    within his/her lane and practice a variety of short/middle distances to
    determine placement.
  • Field events are athlete’s choice, however, softball throw limited to
    those athletes throwing a distance of 10 meters or less. Coaches will
    demonstrate and teach skills
  • Wheelchair events include 25, 50, and 100 meter slaloms, softball
    throw and shotput. Both manual and electric wheelchair users may
    participate.

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Requirements:

No prior experience necessary.
Athletes should be able to follow directions of coaches/volunteers.
Participation in competition is optional.

Equipment:

  • All field event equipment will be supplied.
  • Athletes must have proper footwear for running.

Uniforms:

Uniforms will be supplied to all athletes participating in competition.

Competition:

  • Participation in two qualifying competitions required to attend state games.
  • State games for Athletics held at Towson University in June.

Volunteer Roles:

  • Volunteers support the coaches at all track and field events; prior track experience helpful, but not necessary.
  • Some volunteers may provide one-to-one support for athletes needing additional supports to stay on task.