March 22, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Aspiring track and field athletes will have the opportunity to work with some of the top coaches in the region and Big 12 Conference this summer at the Wildcat Track & Field Camp. The K-State coaching staff has set dates for the four-day camp and it will run from Jun 12-15.
Wildcat Track & Field Camp is offering a unique opportunity for young track and field/cross country athletes to learn from the experiences and success of K-State’s coaching staff. The camp will be held at R.V. Christian Track and cross country athletes will venture out to the dirt roads and trails of the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas.
The goal of this camp is to help young track and field athletes explore their interest in the various events and learn from the experiences of successful coaches and student-athletes. K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto and his staff have worked with many talented athletes with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences in the sport. The staff working the camp will address the individual needs of each camper and create an enjoyable atmosphere in which to learn with a great deal of one-on-one attention.
The camp is directed by Kansas State head cross country coach and assistant track coach, Michael Smith, with support from the K-State staff of Steve Fritz, Kyle Hierholzer and Vincent Johnson. Additionally, the campers will learn from current and former K-State student-athletes.
Smith has had multiple athletes qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championship over the last few years and the women’s team qualified in 2010. He also helped coach former Wildcat Beverly Ramos to the Olympics this summer representing her native Puerto Rico.
Fritz is a former track and field star himself for K-State finishing fourth in the decathlon at the 1996 Olympics. As an assistant coach at K-State he has coached 23 conference champions. During his time as a coach K-State has seen much success in the women’s hammer throw and javelin.
Assistant coach Kyle Hierholzer has coached the vertical jumps and combined events at K-State and recently coached the first men’s conference champion in the pole vault since 1976 and indoor All-American since 1982.
Vincent Johnson is in his second season with K-State and has helped make an impact in the sprints and horizontal jumps. K-State became the first school since 1998 to finish 1-2 in the men’s long jump at the Big 12 Championship this year with Johnson working with the jumpers.
Cost of the camp is $375 for campers staying in the residence halls and $275 for commuters and open to any and all entrants. For additional information, visit Camps page on the track and field home page at kstatesports.com or contact Coach Smith at the K-State track and field offices at 785-532-6567. A camp brochure is available for downloaded on the website as well.