Nike Rising Stars Cross Country Camp Hillsdale College
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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.
- 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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Camp Director Andy Towne
Andrew Towne is in his 6th year as Head Coach of the Hillsdale College Track & Field/Cross Country programs. During this time, he has lead the women to 5 NCAA podium finishes and the 2015-16 Div II Program-of-the-Year award.View Andy Towne's Bio ⟩
Towne’s Chargers have won 13 individual NCAA Championships (including titles from Olympic Trials competitors Emily Oren, Maurice Jones, and Amanda (Putt) Eccleston). The Chargers have also accumulated 64 All-American honors throughout his tenure as Head Coach.
Prior to his return to Hillsdale College in 2011, he was the Sprints/Hurdles Coach at Miami University in Oxford, OH. While there, he coached several MAC Conference Champions, School Record Holders, and All-MAC Conference athletes.
Towne is a 2004 graduate of Hillsdale College where he competed for the Chargers in the Short Sprints and Javelin.
Assistant Coach Samantha Kearney
Samantha Kearney re-joined Hillsdale College in February of 2016. For the Chargers, Kearney specializes in the Middle Distance/Steeplechase events. Throughout her career with the Chargers, she coachedView Samantha Kearney's Bio ⟩
Samantha Kearney re-joined Hillsdale College in February of 2016. For the Chargers, Kearney specializes in the Middle Distance/Steeplechase events. Throughout her career with the Chargers, she coached several All-Americans, NCAA Qualifiers, and GLIAC Champions including Emily Oren and Amy Kerst. Alongside Coach White, Kearney guided the 2013 women’s cross country team to their first NCAA appearance since 2010.
Before returning to Hillsdale College, Kearney coached the Steeplechasers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). During that time, Kearney guided the women to a Big West Conference sweep in the steeplechase, a first in program history, and several NCAA D-I West Prelim appearances.
Kearney is a 2012 graduate from UC Davis. During her career, she captained the women’s team to their first Big West team title in school history in both cross country and track and field. In 2011, she made an appearance at the NCAA D-I West Prelims in the steeplechase and was a Big West Conference scorer from 2009-2012.
Assistant Coach RP White
RP White returned to Hillsdale College in the fall of 2016. White served as one of the Assistant Track/Cross Country Coaches for the Chargers from 2011-2014, while specializing in the long distanceView RP White's Bio ⟩
RP White returned to Hillsdale College in the fall of 2016. White served as one of the Assistant Track/Cross Country Coaches for the Chargers from 2011-2014, while specializing in the long distance events. During that time, he coached Joshua Mirth to his first All-American honor and several GLIAC Championships. Additionally, White guided Kristina (Galat) Perkins to her first NCAA Championship appearances in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track.
Before his start at Hillsdale College, White was a Volunteer Assistant Coach for Eastern Michigan University- where he helped lead the Women’s Indoor Track & Field team to their first MAC Championship Title in 10 years.
White is a 2010 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, following a standout prep school career at local Hillsdale High School. White captained EMU to MAC Conference dominance, capturing 8 MAC Team Championship Titles during his career.
Assistant Coach Nate Miller
Nate Miller enters his 3rd year as an Assistant Track & Field Coach for the Chargers. Miller specializes in the Short Sprints/Jumps. Throughout his career with the Chargers, Miller has coachedView Nate Miller's Bio ⟩
Nate Miller enters his 3rd year as an Assistant Track & Field Coach for the Chargers. Miller specializes in the Short Sprints/Jumps. Throughout his career with the Chargers, Miller has coached several School Record Holders and All-GLIAC honorees.
Prior to arriving at Hillsdale College, Miller coached the Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps at Northwood University in Midland, MI. While there, Miller coached All-American Hurdler Marcus Bennett to several NCAA Championship appearances and All-GLIAC performances.
As an athlete, Miller was a 3-time All-American and 4-time GLIAC Champion in the High Jump for Grand Valley State University. As captain of the Lakers, Miller led them to GLIAC dominance and several NCAA podium finishes.
Assistant Coach Stargell Williams
Stargell Williams joins the Hillsdale College Chargers as the Throws Coach. Williams most recently comes from Florida State University where he served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach after hisView Stargell Williams's Bio ⟩
Stargell Williams joins the Hillsdale College Chargers as the Throws Coach. Williams most recently comes from Florida State University where he served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach after his phenomenal career for the Seminoles. During his time with the ‘Noles, he helped coach several throwers to the NCAA D-I East Prelims in the shot put and discus.
A 2015 FSU graduate, Williams made several appearances at the NCAA DI East Prelims and was the ACC Runner-Up in the Shotput.
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.Show Less See More Camp Details
2017 SESSION INFORMATION
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.
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 five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
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
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!
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
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
— Alanna O., Hillsdale College Camper
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.
— Sharon L., Parent of Hillsdale College Camper 15'
Overall, great camp
The only complaint I had during the camp was how the group activity was after dinner. While I enjoyed every group activity, I feel like if they had been before dinner I would've been able to fall asleep faster because everyday without fail I was tired after dinner but the group activity woke me up again. Overall though, the camp was great!
— Jessica N., Hillsdale College Camper '16
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 potentia
— Nathan W., Hillsdale College Camper '16
Builds a good athlete to coach relationship and balances having fun during workouts with learning and becoming a better runner.
— Dylan L., Hillsdale College Camper 15'
Can't wait for next year
Great location, awesome staff! Can't wait to come back next year!
— Jazmin W., Hillsdale College Camper 15'
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.
— Thomas M., Hillsdale College Camper 14'
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.
— Patrick K., Hillsdale College Camper 14'
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!
— Matt H., Hillsdale College Camper 14'