Track camp hosts coaches, athletes from across the state
By Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor
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Allie Denham received Pole Vault instruction at Bandera track camp.
Under the volunteer instruction of Bandera coaches Brooke Ashscraft, Steve Golemon, Randy Morrison and Luke Sheets, the Bandera Bulldog Nation Summer Track and Field Club got off to a running start in late May with distance training and track and field instruction. Student athletes ranged in age from six and under through 18-year-olds. The track camps, which included three track and field meets held in Harper, Bandera and Junction, concluded its activities on June 21.
"While the age limit for student-athletes to compete in the three summer meets was from six through either 12 or 14, the month of June also provided an excellent opportunity for student-athletes up through the age of 18 to learn from highly qualified coaches who have produced numerous state qualifiers and state champions, as well as state championship teams, throughout the years," Golemon said.
Participants from all over Texas gathered on June 13-14 (Session I) and June 20-21 (Session II) at the camp to learn from highly successful and fundamentally sound coaches who were selected and assembled to provide valuable technical instruction in distance running, hurdles, speed development, discus/shot put, high jump, long jump/triple jump.
"Even though a majority of the student-athletes who took advantage of the excellent instruction offered at the camps were either from Bandera or surrounding communities, athletes from as far as Water Valley, San Angelo, Wall, Houston and Rockport attended the camp," Golemon said. "This year was the first time an athlete from another country attended the camp. Kim Engels, a 2014 Bandera High School foreign exchange student from the Netherlands, participated in both sessions of the camp."
A total of 70 Bandera student-athletes participated in one or more of the club activities, while another 28 from other Texas communities attended at least one or both sessions of the camp. The 70 Bandera athletes who participated in the club either attended instructional sessions, competed in the three Hill Country Track and Field Meets, attended at least some portion of the camp, or participated in all three club activities.
"We are extremely appreciative of the parent and student-athlete support and of the local businesses which helped sponsor the purchase of t-shirts," Golemon said.
Sponsors for the annual event were Bandera Paint and Body Shop, Hevenor Lumber Company, Hondo Bank, El Jacalito, Bandera Auto Solutions, Bandera Bank, Boyle's Bandera Hardware, Dairy Queen, D'Spain Sales and Services, Lowe's Market, Main Street Tire and Automotive, NAPA Lawlis Auto Supplies, The Gingerbread House, Vincent's Automotive and Snowflake Donuts.
"A big thank you goes out to everyone else who helped take the Bandera Bulldog Nation Summer Track and Field Program to the next level!" Golemon said.