Nike Track & Field Camp of Champions Stanford University
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The Nike Track & Field Camp of Champions at Stanford University offers athletes the rare opportunity to experience firsthand the life of a Stanford student-athlete.
The NIKE Camp Stanford University is called the “Camp of Champions” for good reason - Stanford enjoys international recognition for its ability to turn talented young athletes into world-class performers. Instruction is given by Stanford Coaches & Staff. The program is designed for athletes with the desire and special aptitude to become more competitive in their event. It is challenging and intense, helping the young athlete grow mentally and physically tougher for competition and training.
Cobb Track and Angel Field is host to thousands of athletes each year. World, American, collegiate and high school records have all been set on this amazing facility. The Track has hosted the USA National Championships, USA Junior Nationals, and is home to the prestigious Stanford Invitational. During each training session, campers select an event of their choice for specialization. Each group is assigned an experienced event coach, for specialized training and individual attention.
Campers are also welcomed to do the Stanford Cross Country Camp. Click Here for more information.
- Our camps are open to any and all entrants. Ages: 12-18
- Any athlete who has sufficient preparatory education to be academically eligible to enter college in the fall following the camp date will not be permitted to attend the camp.
- Drugs, alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited and constitute grounds for immediate dismissal from camp.
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- Knowledgeable and inspiring guest speakers
- Event-specific training
- Education in the latest training techniques and sports sciences
- Post-camp goal setting and training
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Camp Director Chris Miltenberg
Coach Miltenberg, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field and Cross Country welcomes all athletes to the Stanford Track and Field and Cross Country Camps of Champions!View Chris Miltenberg's Bio ⟩
Chris Miltenberg is in his fourth season as Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field and head cross-country coach. He has coached 42 Stanford All-Americans to a total of 77 All-America honors. Of those, 24 have become first-team track and field All-Americans, earning a total of 31 first-team All-America honors.
Under Miltenberg, Stanford has won two NCAA event titles in track and field and had eight runner-up finishes. In addition, two Cardinal have set American junior records and another broke a collegiate record.
Under Coach Miltenberg, Stanford teams have combined for seven top-20 NCAA team finishes indoors and outdoors. In 2015, his men’s track and field recruiting class was named No. 1 in the nation by MileSplit. And, in 2013-14, taking into account NCAA team finishes in cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field, the Stanford women ranked second in the Program of the Year Award standings and the men seventh, as determined by the USTFCCCA.
Along with a newly assembled and highly regarded coaching staff, Coach Miltenberg is excited to continue putting forth two of the best summer camp opportunities in the nation for high school aged athletes. As a student-athlete Coach Miltenberg himself was a two-time All-American and looks forward to continuing to build on the strong tradition of Stanford Track & Field and Cross Country.
Assistant Coach Michael Eskind
Michael Eskind is in his fourth season at Stanford, coaching the jumps, pole vault, and multi-events. Cardinal athletes have had great success under Eskind. In all, 13 of Eskind's athletesView Michael Eskind's Bio ⟩
Michael Eskind is in his fourth season at Stanford, coaching the jumps, pole vault, and multi-events.
Cardinal athletes have had great success under Eskind. In all, 13 of Eskind's athletes established themselves in the Cardinal all-time outdoor top 10 lists, including four additions in 2015.
Eskind came to Stanford from University of Virginia, where he served in the same role for four seasons. He coached Cavaliers to four Atlantic Coast Conference individual championships, four school records, and five NCAA meet appearances. Among them was Marcus Robinson, now a Stanford volunteer assistant, who set an ACC indoor triple jump record and became Virginia's first All-America in the men's jumps in 35 years.
Eskind also has worked with two of the top female triple jumpers in the country, each winning U.S. Olympic trials championships: Shani Marks in 2008 and Amanda Smock in 2012.
Eskind was a decathlete at Wake Forest, where he graduated in 2003 with degrees in political science and education. He earned his master's in exercise and sport sciences with a focus in athletic administration in 2005 from University of Florida, where he began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant.
Eskind was an assistant at Boston University for two seasons, designing training plans for athletes in the sprints, vertical jumps, throws, and multi-events.
Assistant Coach Gabe Sanders
Gabe Sanders is in his first years as Stanford's sprints and hurdles coach, having joined the Cardinal staff in October 2015. Sanders previously coached at Boston University for six seasons,View Gabe Sanders's Bio ⟩
Gabe Sanders is in his first years as Stanford's sprints and hurdles coach, having joined the Cardinal staff in October 2015.
Sanders previously coached at Boston University for six seasons, where he also was the program’s recruiting coordinator. Fifteeen school records were set under his watch and Terriers’ sprinters and hurdles combined for 16 Patriot League titles and 28 America East crowns. He also coached athletes to 10 conference meet records – six in America East and four in the Patriot League.
Sanders was named 2012 USTFCCCA Northeast Region Indoor Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year and had 21 NCAA regional qualifiers and one NCAA Championships finalist.
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sanders earned his degree Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology with a major in sport management and communication from the University of Michigan in December 2005. In 2014, Sanders earned his master's in physical education with a specialization in coaching from Boston University.
Sanders was an assistant coach for jumps and multi-events at Williams College in 2006 and 2007, coaching 12 All-Americans and overseeing eight school records. He coached sprints, hurdles, relays, jumps and throws at Colgate in 2008, and his athletes broke five school records.
Assistant Coach Elizabeth DeBole
Liz DeBole was a four-time All-American at Georgetown and an Olympic trials finalist who assists with the women's distance runners. DeBole, who joined the Stanford staff in June, 2014, competedView Elizabeth DeBole's Bio ⟩
Liz DeBole was a four-time All-American at Georgetown and an Olympic trials finalist who assists with the women's distance runners.
DeBole, who joined the Stanford staff in June, 2014, competed for Chris Miltenberg, Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field, during her final year at Georgetown, in 2007-08. She continued to train under him for four years as a professional while also serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Hoyas.
"She was one of the most driven athletes I've ever worked with, but also had incredible balance, composure and enthusiasm in her approach every day,” Miltenberg said.
With DeBole's help, Stanford's Jessica Tonn was third in the 2015 NCAA outdoor 5,000, Aisling Cuffe won the 2015 Pac-12 cross country title, Elise Cranny set an American junior indoor 3,000 record, and former walk-on Vanessa Fraser earned All-America honors in cross country and track, and Claudia Saunders was runner-up in the NCAA outdoor 800 in consecutive seasons.
In DeBole's first two years, the Stanford women earned two14th place cross country finishes, and school records fell in the 800 and distance medley relay.
In her first Stanford cross country season, the Cardinal women, with five true or redshirt freshmen, placed 14th. This came after a runner-up Pac-12 finish and third place at the NCAA West Regionals. Cranny was the Pac-12 runner-up and placed 12th at the NCAA's, the highest finish by any freshman and the best frosh placing for a Stanford runner since 1999, and was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
A three-year cross country and track and field team captain, DeBole was a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection and earned Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete honors.
She improved by more than a minute in the 5,000 meters under Miltenberg and placed seventh at the 2012 Olympic trials. She placed among the top 10 at five U.S. championship meets and ran a personal best of 15:15.27.
The Loudonville, N.Y., native also had personal bests of 4:08.12 for 1,500 and 4:35.12 for the mile, finishing seventh at that distance at the 2008 NCAA indoor championships. However, her best running came as she developed under Miltenberg and, in 2012, she was ranked No. 8 in the 5,000 in the annual U.S. rankings by Track & Field News.
The former Liz Maloy is married to Matt DeBole, also a former runner at Georgetown.
Assistant Coach John Oliver
John Oliver, who works primarily with the men's distance runners, joined the cross country and track and field coaching staff in December 2012. In 2014 and 2015, Stanford earned back-to-backView John Oliver's Bio ⟩
John Oliver, who works primarily with the men's distance runners, joined the cross country and track and field coaching staff in December 2012.
In 2014 and 2015, Stanford earned back-to-back top-three finishes for the first time in more than a decade. The Cardinal was second in the NCAA in 2014, for the program's highest finish since 2003, and was third in 2015. Stanford has had seven different men's All-Americans in the past two seasons.
The Cardinal's top five in 2014, each earned All-America honors by placing among the top 40, and the entire top seven placed among the top 100.
In 2015, Joe Rosa and Sean McGorty placed sixth and seventh at the NCAA Championships. In addition, McGorty's runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Championships marked the third consecutive year a Cardinal finished among the top three individually.
In Oliver's first season, the Cardinal men won the 2013 NCAA West Region cross-country title and Jim Rosa earned his first All-America honor by placing fifth at nationals. Rosa was the top American-born runner at the NCAA Championships after finishing second at both the Pac-12 and West Region races.
In the 2014 track season, Stanford had men in every non-barrier distance final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In 2015, McGorty earned first-team All-America honors in the outdoor 5,000.
During the 2014 indoor season, the Cardinal captured the NCAA men's distance medley relay. After the 2013-14 season, Stanford's combined cross country, and indoor and outdoor teams were rated as the No. 7 overall men's program in the country.
In the 2013 track season, Oliver helped coach Atchoo, Erik Olson, and Tyler Stutzman to All-America honors. Atchoo broke the Stanford indoor mile record and anchored the distance medley relay team to a school record. Stutzman was fourth in the NCAA indoor mile and Olson was an NCAA outdoor finalist in the 5,000 meters.
Besides coaching, Oliver assists with other aspects of the cross country and track programs, such as recruiting and equipment needs. Oliver came from Syracuse, where he was assistant for three seasons while serving in much of the same capacity. He also was the director of operations for the Orange for two seasons.
The St. Louis native ran cross country and track for North Central College in Naperville, Ill., under the legendary Al Carius. During Oliver's time there, North Central won 11 of a possible 12 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin team championships in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. The Cardinals also regularly contended for national cross-country titles.
Assistant Coach Zeb Sion
Zeb Sion was named Stanford track and field assistant coach for the throws on Aug. 1, 2016. Sion has a strong background of developing elite student-athletes who are committed to success at theView Zeb Sion's Bio ⟩
Zeb Sion was named Stanford track and field assistant coach for the throws on Aug. 1, 2016. Sion has a strong background of developing elite student-athletes who are committed to success at the highest level both academically and athletically.
Sion arrived from Wake Forest, where he coached for five seasons, directing athletes to three Atlantic Coast Conference titles, four All-America performances, 14 NCAA East Prelims appearances, and 19 All-ACC honors. He's had an athlete compete at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials as well as 2013, 2014, and 2015 U.S. Championships. He's also had at least one athlete compete at the past four U.S. Junior Championships, with two winning championships.
Among his throwers, Jessie Merckle captured her third ACC javelin title in 2016, and John Maurins set an American junior record for the 6 kg. shot put in 2015, with a distance of 71-10 ¼ (21.90 meters).
Internationally, Sion coached athletes at 2014 World Junior Championships, 2015 Pan Am Junior Championships (Maurins won gold), and 2016 NACAC Under-23 Championships (Merkle won bronze).
Sion has earned the highest certification from the IAAF and USATF in coaching education, achieving IAAF Level V and USATF Level III. In addition, Sion is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach.
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). Note: For liability reasons, pole vaulters must bring their own poles. During each training session, campers select an event of their choice for specialization. Each group is assigned an experienced event coach for specialized training and individual attention.
Throughout the week training and instruction are provided in breakout sessions taught by Nike sponsored guest athletes and coaches. Topics include a variety of subjects related to college and elite track and field training such as racing, motivation, nutrition and team bonding. A representative from the Stanford admissions office attends one session dedicated to the college recruiting process, offering valuable advice to campers.
Extended Day Campers attend Sunday, July 2- to Wednesday, July 5. There is no session on Thursday, July 6 for our extended day campers.
Overnight Campers check-in on Sunday, July 2 between 3-5pm and depart the morning of Thursday, July 6 at 9am.Show Less See More Camp Details
Events at the Camp of Champions
- Middle Distance (Including Steeplechase)
- Jumps (High, Long and Triple Jumps)
- Throws (Shot put, hammer, discus, javelin)
- Pole Vault (CAMPERS MUST BRING THEIR OWN POLES)
Check in/Check Out
Check-in: 3-5pm, Sunday, July 2.
Check-out: 9am, Thursday, July 6.
Extended Day Campers
Check-in: 3-5pm, Sunday, July 2.
Check-out: 9pm, Wednesday, July 5.
*Monday - Wednesday are full days
Runners grouped by: ability and event.
Facility: Stanford Track & campus.
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
- 7:00 am Wake-up: Meet in Groups in front of Dormsl
- 7:00 am Breakfast
- 8:00 am **Day Campers Dropped Off & Check In At Dorms
- 8:00 am Track Group Heads to Track/Distance Group Heads to Run
- 11:00 am Return to Dorms
- 11:00 am Free Time
- 12:30 pm Meet in Groups in front of Dorm for Lunch
- 1:45 pm Meet in Groups in front of Dorms, Walk to Band Shack
- 2:00 pm Guest Speaker
- 2:30 pm Supplementary Session at the Track
- a) Form Drills
- b) Steeplechase
- c) General Strength
- d) Stretching
- 4:00 pm Option for Secondary Run or Games
- a) Run
- b) Soccer
- c) Frisbee
- d) Pool
- 6:00 pm Meet in Groups in front of Dorms for Dinner
- 7:00 pm Meet in Groups in front of Dorms
- 7:15 pm Guest Speaker
- 7:45 pm Free Time: Ice Cream Run, Tours, Games
- 9:00 pm **Day Campers Check Out & Picked Up At Dorms
- Camp Store Open Till 10:00
- 10:15 pm Curfew - MUST BE IN ROOMS
- 10:30 pm Lights Out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
As a thrower, it does not get much better than having Coach Eisenreich's full attention for three days straight.
— Sara K., Past Camper 2016
This was an incredible experience. My daughter received excellent, individualized instruction and learned valuable skills on how to prevent injuries. She loved every minute of it!
— Sandy C., Parent of Camper
My son has attended many training sessions but none has ignited such a fire as his attendance at the recent Stanford Track & Field Skills Camp has a renewed focus and more now than ever he's determined to compete at the next level and his sites are set on Summer Olympics 2016! Thanks Nike!
— Pablo W., Parent of Camper
This camp offers you great experiences and you get to know how student-athlete is lives at Stanford and you get a competitive level in all the ways
— Alyssa G., Camper
Every time I spoke with family at home, I only used the word "awesome". Coming from a small private school in Perth, West Australia, the opportunity to learn from international coaches, experience the enormity of an American university, and the amazing facilities was a dream come true. I would love to come back and experience it again, did not want to leave. Thank you for the opportunity.
— Jasmine B., Camper
I was very pleased that the actual instruction came from the track coaches in each event and the coaches were available for individual questions and advice. My daughter was thrilled with the experience.
— Monique M., Camper
This is a life-changing camp and provides life-changing opportunities for kids that attend. It is a fun and amazing experience - This was my first year at this camp, but I know that I will happily await my return next year and years to come.
— Alton J., Camper
Stanford "Camp of Champions" Track & Field has been an amazing experience for me and I can't wait to go back. Others should definitely try it out too!
— Bryan W., Camper
This camp was an amazing experience for my daughter. It opened her eyes to the world of collegiate level running and field events. She realizes the value of solid training, and intends to pursue track and field at the collegiate level.
— Debbie B., Parent of Camper
This camp is great! I specialize in the hurdles and got some great tips to improve from the coaches, and also improved some of my side events immensely! I went from a 4'8" high jump to 5' 5" I went from a 35" triple jump to 39" .The housing, the counselors, the free food, and the campers are great and I can't wait to return next year!
— Joshua S., Camper
Will definitely come back
This camp is amazing. I am a second year veteran of this camp, and I will definitely come back. There are so many amazing opportunities here at the Stanford Camp of Champions, not only to learn but to excel and improve in your event. All of the counselors are student athletes at Stanford, and the coaches are just amazing. It is so cool to be apart of something like this and to have the opportunity to talk to the head coaches of STANFORD and all these other wonderful people. The workouts are very good and you will acquire all sorts of new ideas and information. I highly recommend this camp for anybody, it is very worthwhile.
— Billy L., Camper
Helped each athlete improve
The instructors at the camp were focused on making sure that each athlete--advanced or beginner-- were attended to and given attention. They made sure to help each athlete improve even more than when they were when he/she attended camp. The sessions were intense but extremely helpful and overall the camp was very fun! I made a lot of friends and got to explore the beautiful campus that is Stanford University.
— Darnell H., Camper
Coming from Australia for the experience was one I will never forget and was definitely worthwhile. Experiencing what college life was like and receiving some intense training from ex-athletes and qualified coaches was one of the highlights. Recommend for anyone to do of any skill level.
— Jimmy P., Camper
The camp had Olympic and Stanford coaches, along with Olympians and high-level collegiate athletes. The camp was a great 5 day experience.
— Eleni D., Camper
My son has been to other track camps where there was more standing around than running or jumping. The coaches at the Nike camp were interested in coaching and seeing improvement. So if your child is very interested in track and field, this is the place for him/her!
— Kieth B., Parent of Camper
Camp of Champions!
"The Nike Camp of Champions provides excellent training and instruction from some of the best collegiate athletes in the country, while providing crucial information about college running and the life of an athlete."
— Liza M., Parent of Camper
"This camp is for the runner that wants to challenge himself/herself. As a parent I appreciated the many discussions, which included one about college selection through the lens of the student-athlete."
— Amanda A., Parent of Camper
Highest level of improvement!
"Stanford Track Camp is a great place to learn and further improve your ability in the sport even at the highest levels."
— Shizuko S., Past Camper
Inspiring Staff & Camp!
"This camp gave me a future to look forward to and a staff of inspiring people to look up to. There really isn't an experience like this out there for people passionate about this sport."
— Mikey V., Camper,
Helps Achieve Goals
"These camps offer athletes of all ability levels the opportunity to receive the help, encouragement, and instruction they need to help them achieve their goals."
— Maira D., Past Camper
Meets Anyone's Needs
"Whether you want to go to improve from a high level in one specific area, or in many different areas or if you want to try something new, this camp provides a great, competative yet also helpful and open-minded environment to do so."
— Kyle A., Camper
"Nike Track & Field Camps are a great addition to any training program. Held at some of the top universities in the country, it's a great way for athletes to hone their skills and learn about the university experience."
— Leyla O., Parent of a Camper
Learn Something New!
"Everyone gets phenomenal training in their specific events, as well as in proper ways to warm up and train. Also, everyone has the opportunity to learn a brand new event!"
— Angelita M., Camper
"This camp was an excellent choice for my son. His training was intense and he came home telling us about the informative seminars. The university experience was especially the highlight, very safe!!"
— Anette H., Parent of a Camper
Recommend this Camp to all Runners!
"This camp has helped me determine the kind of track and field I will be participating in. The coaches were helpful and pushed me to my full ability and I appreciated that. I would recommend this camp to all runners who are serious in track and field and want to have an enjoyable time!"
— Mary F., Camper
The Nike track and field camp program was geared at the right level for the high school athlete. The college athlete instructors provided an invaluable perspective about college and athletics. Lastly, the friendships and connections made with other athletes from across the country made for a memorable experience. I highly recommend this camp, It is truly worthwhile.
— Maye H., Parent of a Camper
Formed great friendships
This camp was such a wonderful experience! The groups are split up according to ability which is great. I got to meet many people from all over who had the same interests as I do! I formed great friendships and can't wait to come back!!
— Dana G., Past Camper
Knowledgeable and personable coaches
We were very pleased with the Stanford track camp. The instruction was very high level--the coaches were extremely knowledgeable and personable. It was a very positive experience for my 14-yr old daughter to be surrounded by other campers from all around the world who share her passion for track and field, and also strive for a high level of performance. I hear the food is also quite excellent, which is a relief since the athletes need the support of a healthy and nourishing diet. It was her first time at the camp as a day camper, and she wants to attend next year with a friend as an overnight camper.
— Taylor C., Parent of a Camper
Good clean fun
One of the best camps my daughter ever went to. She met incredible, focused individuals and also had good, clean fun. Great timing for a girl going to high school to see that you choose the path you take in life. Kudos to Nike!
— Mindy G., Parent of a Camper
Best in the nation
I felt like I learned a lot, the weather was amazing and the dorms/food/campus was phenomenal, and the coaching staff is from all over the country and are the best in the nation.
— Dave C., Past Camper
The camp was organized, they had great instructors, and the program was set at the appropriate level for high school. The outgoing, positive student athletes were fun to hang out with and provided perspectives about being a college athlete that was invaluable.
— Rachel C., Past Camper
Everyone was encouraging and willing to help
The camp hired some great coaches this year: everyone I worked with was encouraging and willing to help me improve. The work outs were demanding and I was sore a lot, but it was definitely worth it. I learned a ton of new drills and tips to utilize in my upcoming seasons.
— Casey S., Past Camper
Boosted my confidence
Stanford track and field camp was an amazing experience. It taught me so much about university level track and it gave me a boost of confidence to get me through my senior year of track at the high school level. I wish I wasn't aged out because I would love to go back next year and meet more amazing athletes from all over the world and learn even more from the coaches that were present at the camp.
— Rachel C., Past Camper
Experience I'll never forget
I enjoyed every minute of the Stanford running camp. The counselors were awesome and the coaches were incredible, it's an experience I'll never forget, & I'll definitely be back next year!
— Jamie C., Past Camper
This camp exceeded my expectations. My son was hesitant to stay once we arrived. He was one of the younger campers and was intimidated at first. Right off the back they made him feel welcomed and eased his nerves. By the end of the camp I couldn't get him to leave. The instruction he received was top notch and motivated him for the season.
— Christine W., Parent of a camper
This camp was an amazing experience for my son. The staff was knowledgeable, experienced, and very approachable. If your child is serious about running track this camp is invaluable.
— Diane B., Parent of a camper
Enjoyed every minute
I enjoyed every minute of the Stanford running camp. The counselors were awesome and the coaches were incredible, it's an experience I'll never forget, & I'll definitely be back next year!
— Nelson W., Past Camper
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