Sun City’s Postseason and a Preview of What’s Next

Julia qualified for JO Regionals in Portland with a great 80 meter hurdles.

Julia qualified for JO Regionals in Portland with a great 80 meter hurdles.

Welcome to the postseason Sun City Track and Field.

Congratulations on making it to summer!  Everyone should be out of school and into the summer.  Vacations should be planned, and we made it through the main part of track season.  As the head coach, I’m totally biased but think our first season was a huge success.  Several highlights:

  • Kids competed well.
  • They learned new events.
  • They supported their teammates.
  • They were willing to try new events (high jump, hurdles, distance, sprints, shot put, etc.).
Kate was one of the 16 athletes running in the meet.  Here she ran in the 200 meter dash.

Kate was one of the 16 athletes running in the meet. Here she ran in the 200 meter dash.

We have officially transitioned to the postseason. Our first postseason meet was a huge success this last Saturday June 20th in Spokane at Central Valley High School.  It is the Junior Olympic USATF (United States of America Track and Field) Association Finals Meet and all 16 athletes who competed qualified for the Regional Meet the weekend of July 11th and 12th in Portland, Oregon.  We need to know by Wednesday July 3rd at the latest if your child is competing.  Any athlete who finishes in the top three in the Regional meet will move on to the national meet in Jacksonville, Florida.  Coach Aleah and I are planning on holding practices through July 8th since our three daughters are planning on running through the USATF Regional Meet.

For the last three weeks of practice, we will only be doing sprints but we will be overseeing the distance workouts for Henry, Brayden, and Hayden.  We will also have hurdles out for our few hurdlers on Wednesdays who will be running in Portland. Anyone is still welcome to show up but we will really be focusing on the kids getting them ready for competition.

For those looking for other activities this summer:

  1. Yakima Youth Track is having their all-comers track meets the next two Wednesdays at Kumler Field. Cost is $5 per child.
  2. Yakima HC Runners has their annual summer cross-country series at Franklin Park. Each race is only two miles long and the race dates are: June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5 & August 19. Cost is $5 per race and you register at Franklin Park each race day-of in the Rotary Pavilion at 6:30 for a 7pm start.
  3. Already looking ahead to the fall, we plan on the third season of cross-country. Tentative start date will be September 15th. We’ll be practicing Tuesday and Thursdays at both Franklin Park and Kissle Park (Franklin on Tuesdays and Kissle on Thursdays). More about this on future blogs in August!

***An earlier version of this blog had the first date of XC practice on September 22nd.  We plan on starting XC practice three weeks before Sunfair.  Last year it was on October 4th so this date is still somewhat in flux.***

Entries for Junior Olympic Finals in Spokane

Here is who is running for Sun City in this Saturday’s meet at Central Valley High School in Spokane (821 S. Sullivan, 99037), here is the official link, which will start promptly with the hurdles at 10am, long jump for Allison starts at 9am:

  1. Kate Mickelson (8U F)                            200m, 400m
  2. Courtney Jacobs (8U F)                         100m, long jump
  3. Kian Compton (8U M)                            200m, 400m, long jump
  4. Jackson Powell (8U M)                          100m, 200m
  5. Mary Mickelson (9-10 F)                       200m, 400m
  6. Mya Johnson (9-10 F)                             100m, 200m, long jump
  7. Brooklyn Sylve (9-10 F)                          100m, 200m, long jump
  8. Landon Drury (9-10 M)                          100m, 200m, shot put
  9. Allison Jacobs (11-12 F)                          100m, long jump
  10. Julia Johnson (11-12 F)                           80m hurdles, 100m
  11. Ashlynn Sylve (11-12 F)                         100m, 200m, 400m
  12. Kara Mickelson (11-12 F)                       200m, 400m
  13. Henry Robbins (11-12 M)                      80m hurdles, 800m, 1500m
  14. Brayden Packard (13-14 M)                 100m hurdles, 1500m
  15. Haiden Drury (13-14 M)                         800m, 1500m
  16. Jadinn Sylve (13-14 M)                           Shot put

A few notes about the meet, we didn’t have enough for any relay teams unfortunately.  It is a rolling start just like our home meet.  What this means is you need to listen to the starter, once an event is over the next event starts. DO NOT LEAVE THE TRACK for long extended periods of time unless you know there are a lot of events in-between.  If you do leave and have another event, make sure you have a buddy who is keeping you in the loop via sms on how fast the meet is progressing.

I have heard there is no shade at the track, I will be going down to Costco tomorrow to see if I can buy a sun shade for the team but even then this will only be for the athletes and not the parents.

Some families are going over the night before.  The Mickelsons are heading over that morning to save a little money.  We are leaving Yakima at 5am if that gives you a general idea of time but we don’t have any kids in the hurdles or relays and our daughters are in the 400 meters which is the third event.  MapQuest says it should be a 3 hr, 32 minute drive from Yakima but we like our Starbucks and there will be a stop or two in there.

If you have any questions about the meet give me a call or text at 941-5191.

Cheers, Coach Erik

Field Event Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals Meet in Spokane 2015

Field Event Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals Meet in Spokane 2015

June 20th Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals in Spokane

June 20th Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals in Spokane

Track Practice Tonight

We are very aware it is going to be over 100+ degrees at practice tonight. We will still be having practice but a few thoughts: if you want to stay home, that’s totally okay. We will be having a lighter workout tonight doing more form drills in the shade. Popsicle’s may even come out mid-practice. Aleah and I have one other idea we are working on as well. Either way, bring lots of water if you are coming tonight. See you at 6pm at Franklin Track.

Results for 2015 Sun City Track and Field Meet

Here are the  results for the 2015 Sun City Track Meet hosted at West Valley High School

There was no wind and temperatures started at 80 degrees at 9am and rose to 90 by noon when the meet finished.  A huge thank-you to the West Valley School District who has been more than accommodating to our team this season.

Hurdles Sun City Track Meet 2015

100 Meter Dash Sun City Track Meet 2015

200 Meter Dash Results Sun City Track Meet 2015

400 Meter Dash Results Sun City Track Meet 2015

800 Meter Dash Sun City Track Meet 2015

1500 Meter Run Sun City Track Meet 2015

Relays Sun City Track Meet 2015

High Jump Results Sun City 2015

Long Jump Results Sun City 2015

Shot Put Results Shot Put 2015 Sun City Track Meet

 

There were lots of great marks posted today at West Valley High School at the first annual Sun City Track & Field Meet

There were lots of great marks posted today at West Valley High School at the first annual Sun City Track & Field Meet

USATF Signup

If you plan on running in the Association meet in Spokane June 20th you will need to sign your child up no later than this Wednesday at 9pm.  The website to sign up is at:

https://www.usatf.org/membership/application/index.asp or click this link.

Once you sign up, you will also need to send up copy of your child’s birth certificate (photo of it is okay).  Contact Aleah at aleahmickelson@msn.com or 509-833-5952 if you need any help in doing this.  She is really good in walking parent through this process.  Do not wait until the last second.

Great job on today’s meet!  We’ll try to get meet results up later this weekend.

Cheers, Coach Erik

Sun City Track Meet Schedule and Athlete List

The first annual Sun City Track Meet is less than 24-hours away!  Here is some key information:

1. Here is the entry list so far of those who has registered in track events: Track Events Sun City Track Meet 2015 (In Order Start List)

2. Here is the entry list so far for field events: Field Event Start List Sun City Track Meet 2015

3. Here is the volunteer list so far for parents who have volunteered: Volunteer Schedule Sun City Track Meet 2015

4. Here is the meet schedule: 2015 Sun City Track Meet Schedule

A few ramblings about tomorrow:

The most important thing about track meets is to have fun. Encourage everyone! There may be a few tears, in every race someone will finish both first and last.  Cheer everyone on and props to each and every person who makes it to the track (or field) tomorrow!

Second, it is going to be hot tomorrow!  Predictions are for 99 degrees. Bring water, sunscreen, and umbrellas.  We will run a fast meet but be aware of your child’s exposure to sun.  If they are getting too hot or tired, do not feel bad about pulling them. Good news is the meet starts early and we will be long gone before it gets too hot.

If your child wants to change or add events, this is okay but make sure you do so at least thirty minutes before the event goes off.  Aleah and Megan will be running the registration table on the west end of the track and can accommodate these needs.  Also, if you have friends or other non-Sun City members who want to run this is great!  Just have them sign up at least fifteen minutes before the event goes off.

First field event goes off tomorrow at 9am and first running event goes off at 10am.  It will be a rolling schedule which means as soon as one event is over, the next one will follow up.  We will also combine certain events (such as the boys 800 meters) with multiple age groups so we don’t have a four-hour track meet. We will split out results though.

If you have any last minute concerns, don’t hesitate to text or call me at 941-5191.

Looking forward to tomorrow.

Coach Erik

Sun City Track Meet Schedule 2015

Sun City Track Meet Schedule 2015

Sun City Home Meet Schedule June 6th at West Valley High School

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

Sun City Track Meet

June 6, 2015—West Valley High School

Track Start Time 10am

Field Events Start Time 9am

10:00 am

Hurdles 15-16 boys/17-18 boys 110m

Hurdles 15-16 girls/17-18 girls 100m

Hurdles 13-14 boys 100m

Hurdles 13-14 girls 100m

Hurdles 11-12 boys 80m

Hurdles 11-12 girls 80m

400m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

4x100m Relay all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

1500m all age divisions (boys will run with girls and open)

100m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

800m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

200m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

4x400m Relay all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

9:00am                 Long Jump Girls; High Jump Boys

10:00am               Shot Put Boys and Girls

10:30am               Long Jump Boys; High Jump Girls

 

A few notes:

  1. We are going to have a 10 & Under hurdles. It will be 80 meters for both boys and girls and will be at the lowest setting the hurdles will be set to. If your child would like to do this, he/she will need to run hurdles at the next two Wednesday practices.
  2. It will be a rolling schedule. First event 80 meter hurdles will go off exactly at 10am. Athletes MUST check into their races 15 minutes before they start. Registration will be at the beginning of the 100 meter dash on the west end of the track. Our estimate is the meet will last about two hours but this is flexible depending on the number of athletes in each event.
  3. There will be medals for the first place finisher in each event.
  4. Parents please help your athletes get registered and to their race on time. Track and Field meets events WILL NOT WAIT for late starters. If your child misses their event, they will receive a DNS (did not start). Listen to the announcer for 1st or 2nd call to their event and they should be down at the start line. By the 3rd call, this means their race will go off is 2-5 minutes and they may or may not miss it.
  5. There will be an adult 1500 meters as well as a mixed ages 4X100 meters dash. Cost is $5 unless you are related to a Sun City athlete and then it is free for parents/families.
  6. If your athlete is going to be competing in both a field event and a running event, check in at the field event FIRST, then listens for the running event. At SECOND call, go to the running event and let the person know who is running the field event he/she will leave run their race and then immediately return to their field event.
  7. We will not be conducting discus, javelin, steeplechase, running events longer than 1500 meters, and pole vault in the meet.
  8. Cost is $5/event for non-Sun City Athletes. Meet is open to the community.
  9. Since it is the first race for most of our team members, we will be starting each event with a whistle and not a starter’s pistol.
  10. Please register for your race/relay the week of June 1st at either the Franklin or West Valley practice. This will really help us plan on the number of athletes per event. Each athlete is allowed to compete in two track events, one field event, and one relay.

Parents: Please contact Aleah at AleahMickelson at msn.com or myself (Erik Mickelson) through Facebook letting us know how you can help in the meet.  We will need:

  1. Nine to help with timing
  2. Two with registration
  3. Two for long jump
  4. Two for high jump
  5. One for shot put
  6. One to run the PA system

 

Junior Olympic Finals Schedule June 20th in Spokane

June 20th Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals in Spokane

June 20th Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals in Spokane

I know it is early but I have had several people already ask about the Junior Olympic Meet in Spokane June 20th.  Here is the schedule so you can plan accordingly.  It is a rolling schedule which means the meet starts at 10am and each individual event follows the previous event.  You will need to check into your even 30-45 minutes before your event starts.  If you or your child is planning on running at Regionals in Portland, he/she must place in the top-8 of their event at this meet.  If we have any 11 and older kids who want to run the 3000 meters (slightly less than two miles) this is the night before on Friday night).

Saturday June 20 10:00 am

Hurdles 15-16 boys/17-18 boys 110m

Events will be held Hurdles 15-16 girls/17-18 girls 100m

in the listed order Hurdles 13-14 boys 100m

Hurdles 13-14 girls 100m

Hurdles 11-12 boys 80m

Hurdles 11-12 girls 80m

400m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

4x100m Relay all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

1500m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

100m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

800m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

200m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

4x400m Relay all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

LONG JUMP (PIT #2) – 9:00 am SHOT PUT (Ring #1) – 9:30 am HIGH JUMP – 10:30 am

11-12 Girls 8 & Under Girls 2kg 11-12 Girls

11-12 Boys 9-10 Girls 6# 11-12 Boys

8 & Under Girls 8 & Under Boys 2kg 9-10 Boys

9-10 Girls 9-10 Boys 6# 9-10 Girls

8 & Under Boys 11-12 Girls 6# 13-14 Girls

9-10 Boys 11-12 Boys 6# 13-14 Boys

LONG JUMP (PIT #1) – 9:00 am SHOT PUT (Ring #2) – 9:30 am JAVELIN – 11:00 am

13-14 Girls 13-14 Girls 4kg 8 & Under Boys 300g

13-14 Boys 13-14 Boys 12# 8 & Under Girls 300g

15-16/17-18 Girls 15-16/17-18 Girls 4kg 11-12 Boys 300g

15-16/17-18 Boys

 

Field Event Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals Meet in Spokane 2015

Field Event Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals Meet in Spokane 2015

 

 

400 Meters Into The Season

Sun City Athletes doing "Bicycles" to work on our core strength

Sun City Athletes doing “Bicycles” to work on our core strength

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

400 meters of the way into the track season (pun intended) First and foremost, we want to wish all mom’s out there a very happy Mother’s Day.  There would be no Sun City Track and Field if it wasn’t for all the hard work of the mom’s out there. I want to congratulate all of the kids on finishing the first two weeks of track season. It is always difficult to start a new sport. Some of our highlights so far:

  1. Watching the kids the first two weeks do drills have been remarkable. Their form and muscle mechanics is already getting significantly better. This is a vital component of running and the better one’s form the less of a chance of injury and faster he/she will run!
  2. Andy and Marie have done a remarkable job coaching our field events! It is one thing for the rest of us to coach sprints and distances but they have literally been building from the ground up. Andy built Sun City’s first hurdles and Marie brought a special bungee cord for kids to high jump over. Parent’s when you see the two of them; give them a huge “thank you”!
  3. We’ve had amazing weather. Track takes place no matter the weather (except for thunder and lightning) but it is still a whole lot nicer when we have 70’s.

In the next few weeks we are going to really start gearing up for our home track and field meet June 6th at West Valley High School in three weeks. Each athlete is allowed to compete in up to three events at the track meet. * Start thinking of which events you will want your child to compete in.  I would recommend one field event, one running event, and one relay but you can juggle this if you wish and we will talk more about this as the meet gets closer.  We will also need about twenty parents to volunteer on race day so please plan on volunteering.  We will need parents to: time, check-in, run concessions, etc. The track meet on the 6th will also be open to the entire community as well. So if your child has a friend that would like to run please pass the word around.  For non-Sun City athletes the cost will be $5/event. Last, it is not too late to join Sun City.  Especially for those athletes wanting to go on to competing in the Junior Olympics in the summer, there is a lot of track left to be run.  So let everyone know they can still come.  Anyone is allowed to come to one practice and just “check” things out.  After this, registration is $50 for the season which includes a competition shirt. I’ll be in San Diego this week for a conference so the workout have been written for the coaches. Parents, please consider running with your kids.  The more kids we have running the easier it makes it on the coaches. Coaches Erik and Aleah

Monday practices is at Franklin Middle School from 6-7pm

Wednesday practice is at West Valley High School from 6-7pm

Saturday morning distance practice is at the lower parking lot of Cowiche Canyon at 9am

June 6th–Home Track Meet at West Valley High School, Yakima

June 19th and 20th — Junior Olympic Association Championships in Spokane, WA

Weekend of July 11th — Junior Olympic Regionals (must qualify from the Association meet in Spokane the weekend of the 19th and 20th to move on)

*(It was brought to my attention that an athlete must be born in 2004 or later if he/she is going to do hurdles in a track meet.  These are USATF rules that we have to adhere to.  We are going to let those born 2005 and before practice hurdles but our insurance wont allow it in meets) ** Here is the link to the 2015 Sun City Track and Field Club–Info Packet and Waiver-and-release-form-2015 if you would like to register still.

Practice Selfie yesterday at Cowiche Canyon.  Saturdays are an optional 40 minute run (out and back) for the distance runners.  We have had two amazing weather days so far.  Hope to see you there this next Saturday!

Practice Selfie yesterday at Cowiche Canyon. Saturdays are an optional 40 minute run (out and back) for the distance runners. We have had two amazing weather days so far. Hope to see you there this next Saturday!

The sprinters cheering on the distance runners at West Valley Track at a recent workout.

The sprinters cheering on the distance runners at West Valley Track at a recent workout.

T-Minus 30-Hours Until the First Track Practice in Sun City History

It’s time!

The first track practice in Sun City Track and Field history starts tomorrow at Franklin Middle School at 6pm on the track.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please fill out the 2015 Sun City Track and Field Club–Info Packet and bring it to practice with the Waiver-and-release-form-2015.  We are not allowed to have anyone practice unless they have a signed waiver from his/her parents/guardian per USATF rules.  If by some chance you forget the packet, we will have a few more on hand.

For those of you who are high compliance individuals and don’t like change I wanted to blog about what we will be doing on the first day of practice. If you are not a high compliance individual, just show up at least by 6pm and watch what everyone else is doing, if you show up late, just jump on in practice.  If not, read on:

  1. Sun City athletes always start on time. You will hear a whistle promptly at 6pm and the whole team will start by jogging around the track once.
  2. After our warm-up lap we will be doing drills. Drills are imperative in any athlete’s development. This is how we teach muscle-memory on how to run with proper form which lessens the chance for future injury and makes one significantly faster and more efficient. Here is a YouTube clip of a few of the drills we will be doing.
  3. After drills we will split into two groups: sprinters and distance runners.
    1. Coach Erik (me) will take the sprinters. Sprinters are those kids who will focus on any event 400 meters and under. One lap is 400 meters for those who are novices. If you have no idea what group to join, start with the sprinters.
    2. Coach Waddle will take the distance runners. Distance in track is NOT cross-country. Our distance workout tomorrow will consist of 8X400 meter repeats or until we hit 6:55pm with a 2 minute rest in-between each interval. Distances races are 800 meters, 1500 meters and 3000 meters.
  4. At 6:55pm we finish with some quick striders to finish up, then it is team cheer time and a special frozen prize.
Track practice will be at Franklin Middle School track next to Franklin Park at the base of the terraces.

Track practice will be at Franklin Middle School track next to Franklin Park at the base of the terraces.

We will start both the hurdle groups and hopefully high jump on Wednesday’s practice at West Valley High School. Also, know that a child can change groups at any practice. What they do the first day does not mean they will be in that group the rest of the year. My 11-year-old daughter Kara is planning on doing sprints on Mondays, hurdles on Wednesdays, and running distance on Saturday morning (the optional distance workout which will be at Cowiche Canyon but more on that Wednesday).

Last, if you have an athlete who is still sitting on the fence wondering if track and field is right for them, have them show up for one practice (must have the parent at least sign the waiver) and they can decide by Wednesday before turning in their money and full-registration.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.  My wife Aleah will be walking around with the registration papers getting to know the parents.

Go Sun City!

Coaches Erik and Aleah

Call or text me at 941-5191 if you have any questions