2017 Summer Track Season
Welcome to the 2017 Track Season! Coach Casey and I really enjoyed our pre-season crowd but are even more excited about starting the official season.
Regular track season will be from April 24th- May 27th. This is what we are gearing up for EVERYONE. This season we will be able to offer both sprints, distances, throws, and long jump. Practices will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-7pm at Franklin Middle School. Mondays will be the only day sprints, long jump and throws (shot put and turbo-javelin) will be offered since we are short coaches in these events. The first week we will have our sprint/throws/jump day will be Friday and then move to Mondays. Wednesday and Friday will be a distance only practice. The cost for the regular season will be $50 with a $10 discount for each child in the family down to $20. We will have a home meet this year on May 20th or 27th at one of the local schools and this will finish up the regular season. A Sun City t-shirt will be included in the registration fee.
The end-of-regular-season track meet will probably take place May 27th at Zephel Stadium at Eisenhower High School. I say tentatively because we are still waiting to hear back from the Yakima School District. If this date is not available it will be May 20th or 27th at West Valley High School.
Post-season for track will run from June-July 9th. There are a number of track meets we will be attending this year which will be:
- Portland Track Festival June 3rd-4th (very limited number of people going to this meet since it is the same day as the Gap2Gap)
- Xtreem Speed Meet at Kent Meridian High School on June 10th
- Junior Olympic Association Finals in Tri Cities June 24th
- Junior Olympic Regionals in Spokane July 8th-10th (different events are on different dates depending on the athlete, most kids only compete one or two days)
- Junior Olympic Nations is in Lawrence Kansas this year July 27th-30th (the Mickelson family will be going to this as long as one of our kids qualifies for it since our kids are at the top of their age groups this year)
Cost—The cost for the post-season is $50 per athlete. If you do not have a black Sun City tank-top racing singlet you MUST purchase one to run in the post-season as USATF rules requires we be in uniform. These singlets run $30/each. We are not sure how many coaches we will have for the post-season. We will for sure have distance coaches and be able to coach sprints one day a week. After this, it will depend on turnout, volunteers, and participation.
We apologize we had to raise the price of track this year but the cost of buying implements and renting the track increased significantly. If you or anyone you knows needs a scholarship please talk to coach Aleah and she will give you an application for a waiver.
We will be placing our t-shirt and singlet order on May 8th so this is the due date to order singlets and register if you would like to receive a t-shirt.
For new families who have not been part of Sun City in the past, we are a very Facebook heavy group of coaches and parents. The best place to post your questions is on Facebook so everyone can see your questions and our answers. You can always IM (instant message) me (Erik) or even call or text my cell (941-5191). Looking forward to a great 2017 track season. We will start posting every week or so going forward getting ready for the season.
Coaches Erik, Casey, Aimee and Aleah
Coach Casey Campbell comes to us from running youth track and field from the Federal Way Track Club as a youth. He also boasts the fastest college mile on the team and competed collegiately for the University of Oregon in both cross-country and track.
Coaches Aleah and Erik Mickelson both won state titles while running in high school in both track (for Erik) and cross-country for Aleah (maiden name Thome who ran for Eisenhower). They met on the cross-country team at the University of Washington in 1997.
Coach Aimee Lybbert was a high school state champion in Vancouver Washington before competing collegiately at Brigham Young University (BYU).