Nike Rising Stars Cross Country Camp Hillsdale College

Nike Rising Stars Cross Country Camp Hillsdale College
Nike Rising Stars Cross Country Camp Hillsdale College

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
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Andy Towne
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.

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Samantha Kearney
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...

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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 successful career at UC-Davis, where she was a NCAA Regional Qualifier in the Steeplechase.

Assistant Coach

Joe Lynn

Joe Lynn has been on the Hillsdale coaching staff since 2014.  Before that, he was the head men's and women's cross country coach at the University of Missouri for three...

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Joe Lynn has been on the Hillsdale coaching staff since 2014. 

Before that, he was the head men's and women's cross country coach at the University of Missouri for three years, and took the Tigers to high levels of success. His men's cross country team earned its first NCAA Division I national ranking in 12 years back in October 2012, and he guided Missouri's women's team to a 10-spot improvement in the Midwest Regional Rankings in just one year.

"To me, Joe is one of the top distance coaches in the country," Towne said. "He is a relentless recruiter and he works tirelessly to develop our distance student-athletes. With his help, I think our distance group will reach its full potential."

Lynn served as an associate track and cross country coach at Grand Valley State University from December 2006 through August 2011, during which time the Lakers became an elite force nationally in the sport. By the end of Lynn's tenure in Allendale, the 2010-11 school year, Grand Valley State finished in first place across the board, with the women's team capturing conference titles in cross country, men's indoor track and women's outdoor track.

Camp Details

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.

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Check-in: Wednesday between 9:30-11:30 a.m at the dorm.  Address is 271 Union Street; Hillsdale, MI 49242
Check-out: Saturday 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 Camps
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: a certofoed athletic trainer is on-site


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


If you have a group of five or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. 

To register a group online: Please have one person contact the USSC office with the names of each camper in the group at 1-800-645-3226 to create a unique discount code. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out.
To register a group via mail/fax: Please have each camper fill out our registration form.  Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application.  All registration forms must be received at the same time via mail or fax. Fax registrations to 415.526.5945. Mail registrations to Nike Running Camps 1010 B Street, Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901.


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!

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

Camper Reviews

Hillsdale College Camper

  • 5/5.
Only way to go!

If you seriously want to improve upon and grow in your running, going to a Nike Running camp is the only way to go. The Nike Running camp is the only camp in all sports that I've gone to that has drastically improved my skills. The coaching is very individualized and specific for each camper and definitely allows each camper to fulfill their potential. -Camper of 2016 Nike Running Camp

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Parent of Hillsdale College Camper 15'

  • 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 15'

  • 4/5.
Builds relationships

Builds a good athlete to coach relationship and balances having fun during workouts with learning and becoming a better runner.

Hillsdale College Camper 15'

  • 4/5.
Can't wait for next year

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

Hillsdale College Camper 14'

  • 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.

Hillsdale College Camper 14'

  • 5/5.
Lots of great activities

A very fun camp with lots of great activities and detailed training sessions/lectures that you will remember for a long time.

Hillsdale College Camper 14'

  • 4/5.
Camp and facilities were great

Nike Running Camps offer well instructions and seems to have a genuine interest in every athlete that comes there. The camp and facilities were great. Hope to go back next year! 

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Cross Country, Track & Field
Age Group: 12 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $520.00
Availability: Open

Extended Day (9am-9pm) $415.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.