Nike Rising Stars Cross Country Camp Hillsdale College Hillsdale, Michigan

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Nike Running Camps aims to help developing runners become better, faster and smarter athletes. At Hillsdale College we provide an educational and inspirational experience for runners ages 12-18.

Each camper is exposed to state-of-the-art training, as our knowledgeable staff uses a combination of drills, demonstrations and training theory to enhance their performance. Flexibility and weight training sessions provide a comprehensive package of the latest methods necessary to improve.

Highlights Include

  • Video analysis for form critique
  • Nike Running Camp T-Shirt
  • Nike Running Certificate
  • Top-notch instruction from college coaches
  • 10:1 Camper to Staff ratio

Off-campus, campers have access to trail running that is less than a ½ mile from campus. On-campus, campers train at one of two Olympic-Caliber facilities.  Indoors, they will train at the Biermann Center- which boasts the World’s Widest Indoor 200m Track, and the same Mondo surface that was used in the 2012 London Olympic Games.  Outdoors, they will train at the Herrick Track, which features the same Mondo surface that was used in the 2000 Sydney/2004 Athens Olympic Games.  

For the fourth time in school history, the Hillsdale College Women's Cross Country team qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2013!

Meet your coaching staff
Camp Director

Andy Towne

Andy Towne is in his 3rd season at the helm of the Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country program at Hillsdale College.  During his time at Hillsdale, the Chargers have recorded program-best finishes at the NCAA Championships- including a 5th place finish at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

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Towne primarily works with the Men’s & Women’s Sprinters, Hurdlers, and Horizontal Jumpers- and holds USATF Level II Certifications in each event.  Moreover, in his 9-year coaching career (including Div. I Miami University (OH)), Towne has coached Conference Champions (or All-Americans) in nearly every sprints/hurdle/jumps event.

Assistant Coach

RP White

RP White is in his 3rd season as an Assistant Track & Field and Cross Country Coach for the Chargers. White primarily works with the Long Distance events.

During his time at Hillsdale, White has coached several Conference Champions.  And, this past Fall, he played an integral role in the Charger Women qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country Championships for just the 4th time in their school history.

Prior to his arrival to Hillsdale, White enjoyed a productive career at Eastern Michigan University, where he specialized in the 5k/10k.  Post-collegiately, he has made the move to Marathons, going undefeated in his first two marathons.

Assistant Coach

Samantha Kearney

Samantha Kearney is the newest addition to the Chargers Track & Field/Cross Country Coaching Staff.  Kearney primarily works with the Mid-Distance events, as well as the Steeplechase.

In her first season at Hillsdale, Kearney played a key role in the Charger Women qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country Championships for just the 4th time in their school history.  And, on the track, Kearney’s athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 800 Meters, Mile and 3000 Meters- as well as being the top-ranked Distance Medley Relay team.

Prior to her arrival to Hillsdale, Kearney enjoyed a productive career at UC-Davis, where she was a NCAA Regional Qualifier in the Steeplechase.

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2014 Camp Information

The Nike Cross-Country Camp at Hillsdale College helps athletes of all abilities develop the skill set they need to compete at the highest level. Camp emphasizes teaching the fundamentals of cross-country running, with the overall goal of developing good habits that lead to even better results. The staff at Hillsdale has had considerable success developing young men and women into competitive athletes, and we bring the same principles to our campers. We also emphasize teaching and the quality of campers’ experience. We want to provide a fun, engaging environment that helps foster a love of running, a sense of community among campers, and a springboard for a successful fall cross country season.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:00am Wake up
  • 8:30am Breakfast
  • 9:30am Morning Training Session
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm Lecture
  • 3:00pm Afternoon training session
  • 5:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Group Activity


Check-in: Wednesday, July 23rd between 10:00-12:00 p.m at the dorm.  Address is 91 E. College St; Hillsdale, MI 49242
Check-out: Saturday, July 26th at 12:00 p.m. from the dorms.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Running Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by:  age, ability and event
Evaluation: by coaching staff
Facility: Hillsdale College Track and Cross Country course


Dorm: assigned at check in
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp and within limits of the room.
Bathrooms: on every floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: no, fan recommended
Key Deposit:  $25 – check made out to US Sports
Spending Money: $45
Medical Facility: an athletic trainer is on-site


Closest Airport: Capital Region International Airport- Lansing, MI 
Transportation: Not provided.  

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Parent of Hillsdale College Camper

  • 5/5.
Made great friends

This was my daughters first sports camp and she LOVED IT!  It's been over a week since she finished camp and she is still talking about what she learned and the great friends she made.

Hillsdale College Camper

  • 5/5.
Can't wait for next year

Great location, awesome staff! Can't wait to come back next year! 

Hillsdale College Camper

  • 5/5.
New love for running

Nike Running Camps instilled in me a new love for running, which I can hopefully share with others and help motivate my team this year.

Nike Rising Stars Cross Country Camp Hillsdale College Andy Towne, Camp Director Hillsdale Cross Country
201 Oak Street
Hillsdale, Michigan 49242


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Camp Schedule & Fees

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