Nike Rising Stars Track & Field Camp Hillsdale College

Nike Rising Stars Track & Field Camp Hillsdale College
Nike Rising Stars Track & Field Camp Hillsdale College

Nike Track & Field Camps aims to help developing runners become better, stronger and smarter athletes. At Hillsdale College we provide an educational and inspirational experience for athletes 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. Campers can choose from all disciplines: throw (shot put,hammer, discus, javelin), sprints, hurdles, middle distance (including steeplechase), and jumps (high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault). Campers will leave with a renewed enthusiasm for their event and a plan for their future!

Highlights Include

  • Video analysis
  • 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

Andrew Towne
Camp Director

Andrew Towne

Andy Towne is in his 6th season at the helm of the Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country program at Hillsdale College.  

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In August 2011, Andrew Towne assumed head coaching duties of the Hillsdale College women’s track and cross country programs. His appointment serves as a “homecoming” for the 2004 Hillsdale College graduate, who previously served as a successful assistant track coach for three years for the Chargers.

In his first season leading the women’s program, Towne guided the indoor team to a program-best fifth place finish at the 2012 Division II national meet in Minnesota. He coached distance runner Amanda Putt to an unprecedented three individual national championships in the 2012 calendar year, and saw his athletes earn a number of All-Region, All-Academic and All-American honors.

Towne is a 2004 graduate of Hillsdale College, where he earned his degree in physical education, while earning a minor in math. He competed for the Chargers from 1999-2004, but also filled the role of student-coach during his career. He was an All-GLIAC athlete for the Chargers, and earned GLIAC All-Academic honors during his collegiate career.

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Assistant Coach

Janine Kuestner

Janine Tessarzik Kuestner joined the Charger coaching family in September 2014, and came with a pedigree of outstanding work as a coach and an athlete at Division I and Division II....

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Janine Tessarzik Kuestner joined the Charger coaching family in September 2014, and came with a pedigree of outstanding work as a coach and an athlete at Division I and Division II.

Kuestner joined the Chargers with a good deal of familiarity with the high level of track and field competition in the GLIAC. She spent the past two years at Walsh University, coaching the Cavaliers’ throwers. Prior to that, she had coaching stints at the City College of New York, and with the Knoxville Track Club in Tennessee.

She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she once held the school record in the hammer throw. She finished in third place in the discus event at the 2003 Southeastern Conference Championships before transferring to Ashland University. While with the Eagles, she finished in the top five in the GLIAC in the indoor shot put and outdoor discus events. She is a recipient of the Eagle Award from AU, where she also finished third at the NCAA championships in the second phase of her career.

Assistant Coach

Nate Miller

Nate Miller has been with the Hillsdale coaching staff since 2014. A very successful collegiate high jumper himself, Miller will work with the Chargers' sprinters, jumpers and...

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Nate Miller has been with the Hillsdale coaching staff since 2014. A very successful collegiate high jumper himself, Miller will work with the Chargers' sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.

In Miller, the Chargers have a coach who has been through the track and field circles in the GLIAC. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, where he earned a bachelor of science in exercise science with a clinical emphasis. He most recently coached at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.

While competing for the Lakers, Miller was a four-time GLIAC champion in the high jump and earned All-American honors in that event in 2008, when he finished third at the NCAA Division II championships. He was a Dynasty (Captain’s) Council member with GVSU from 2008-10.

Miller served as the interim track and field coach at Northwood in 2012-13, and spent two seasons as an assistant with the Timberwolves working with the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. 

Camp Details

 Equipment - Each camper should wear comfortable work-out clothing for each camp session.  Additionally, campers should bring their own event shoes or spikes. Please be sure to properly mark your equipment, so that it can be easily identified.

Note: For liability reasons, pole vaulters must bring their own poles.

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Events at Hillsdale College Track & Field Camp

  • Sprints (Up to 400m)
  • Hurdles
  • Middle Distance (Including Steeplechase)
  • Jumps (Long, triple and high jump)
  • Pole Vault (Campers must bring their own poles)
  • Throws (Shotput, discus, hammer, javelin)

Check In/Check Out

Check-in: Wednesday between 9:30-11:30 a.m. 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 complex 


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: athletic trainer is on-site


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


Campers work out at one of two Olympic-Caliber facilities. Indoors, they 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 train at the Herrick Track- which features the same Mondo surface that was used in the 2000 Sydney/2004 Athens Olympic Games.

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, 2016

  • 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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Hillsdale College Camper, 2016

  • 4/5.
Great time at camp!

I had a great time at Nike Track Camp! The staff was excellent and were very easy to talk to. I really felt like I received a lot of information that I can apply to my sport. -Camper

Hillsdale College Camper 15'

  • 5/5.
Efficient planning and execution

Future camper, Nike running camps are a great opportunity to meet new athletes and gain skills and knowledge. This camp is efficient in planning and executing activities and sessions. They focus on each different event or sport and work to discuss each individual's experience and help with their troubles.

Hillsdale College Camper 15'

  • 4/5.
Amazing camp

This is such an amazing camp. You have so many options to choose from. From 40s all the way to eight miles or more. At this camp you have the chance to meet a lot of new coaches that are fun and will try their best to help you. 

Hillsdale College Camper 15'

  • 5/5.
First Rate

Cannot imaging a better experience for my young camper! Instruction and facilities were both first rate. My daughter cannot wait for next year.

Hillsdale College Camper 14'

  • 4/5.
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.

Parent of Hillsdale College Camper 14'

  • 4/5.
Made great friends

This was my daughter’s 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 14'

  • 5/5.
Can't wait for next year!

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

Hillsdale College Camper 13'

  • 4/5.
Coaches genuinely care

The camp was constructed very well and I would recommend it to other athletes. They did a good job on really pushing the drive phase so I can better understand and improve of it. They also commented on individuals and offered ways they could improve individually. The coaches seemed to genuinely care about everyone who was at the camp. 

Hillsdale College Camper 13'

  • 5/5.
Lots of one on one with the coaching staff

The Nike Running Camp at Hillsdale College was a great experience. The coaching staff offers a lot of one on one time with the athletes and they make sure that you understand everything. 

Camp Dates & Prices

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For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.