Track & field sets dates for summer development camps

Kyler Perez

CROSS COUNTRY/T&F CAMP REGISTRATION

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover cross country and track & field programs have announced the dates for their annual summer camps.

The camps will be held from June 17 to June 20, with different sections to accommodate junior high and high school athletes. Camp sessions will be held daily, with a $50 entry fee for middle schoolers and a $75 fee for high schoolers. The Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at Hanover College, Brian Power, will conduct the track sections, while cross country head coach Brady Wells will direct the distance runners.

For the junior high students, sessions will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., with the coaches focusing on the development of fundamental skills, conditioning habits, and acumen for competing at the high school level. The high schoolers will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and will discuss subjects such as race strategy, technique, conditioning, and further development of their mechanics.

Under the guidance of Coach Power, the men's and women's track & field teams had massive successes this year, with both squads finishing second or better in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. Each unit did the same in the HCAC outdoor meet, with the women garnering their fifth HCAC Outdoor Championship under the guidance of Power and his staff. For the men, their outdoor finish was their highest since the 1984 campaign. In total, Power has earned five coach of the year awards in his seven seasons, including the men's 2019 indoor and women's 2019 outdoor honors. Additionally, he has coached four NCAA Division III national qualifiers in the last three years and has several athletes still looking to qualify for the 2019 outdoor championships.

Power, along with his staff, will be in charge of the throws camps as well, helping to guide more future throwers into a group that saw a bevy of success this year. Junior Kyler Perez (Garrett, Ind.) broke the school's hammer throw mark at least once throughout the year, and carried his momentum to a second team selection at the HCAC Outdoor Championships. For the women, sophomore Erin Browning (Greensburg, Ind.) also set the program record in the hammer throw in multiple instances, which led to Field Athlete of the Year and First Team honors at the conference outdoor meet. Currently Browning ranks 19th nationally in the event, which would qualify her for the national championships at the end of May. 

Coach Wells has mentored the distance runners, leading the men to consecutive runner-up performances in the HCAC Championship meet. In addition, Wells was at the helm when senior Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) became the first Hanover College HCAC Cross Country Champion this past fall, as well as the program's first NCAA Division III national championship qualifier. In the women's, meanwhile, Wells helped them to their second top five finish in the last three years. Wells has also been crucial on the track, aiding the Blue and Red to an HCAC Distance Medley Championship in 2017, as well as titles in the one-mile and five-kilometer runs in 2019.

For more information or to register for either camp, visit the Hanover College Athletic Camps link at the link above.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu