Nike Cross Country Camp at Alfred University
Train | Compete | Have Fun
The Nike Cross Country Camp at Alfred University is more than just a XC camp, it offers the perfect mindset for training, racing, and succeeding in life.
Housed on the beautiful Alfred University campus and on its surrounding running trails, open to all middle and high school runners aged 12-18.
- Alfred University coaching staff and student athletes
- Informative Break Out Sessions and Guest Speakers
- Training Tips, Supplemental Training, Injury Prevention Techniques
- Open to all Middle School and High School XC runners (12-18yrs)
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
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Director Dr. Angie Taylor
Coach Taylor was named the head men's and women's track & field coach, taking over the historic program that was founded in 1900 by Daniel Babcock (1903) and Walter Greene (1902) and touts two of Alfred University's three NCAA National Champions (Valerie Thompson '84 and Glenn Clinton '97).View Angie's Bio ⟩
Taylor comes to AU after spending four years in the capital city of Abuja, Nigeria where she served in multiple roles. Most recently, she served as a member of the Ministerial Committee for the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
In this position, she served as a Project Manager for Team Nigeria in the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics where 12 teams qualified and competed. She was also a part of the 2015 All-Africa Games held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo where Team Nigeria finished second overall with 47 gold medals – the best team finish in the country's history.
Also, while in Abuja, Taylor was a member of the National High Performance Task Team and the Director of National High Performance.
Prior to Nigeria, Taylor was Head Coach of the George Mason women's track & field team. While at the helm of the Patriots, she coached multiple student-athletes to the NCAA Division I Championships, U.S. Olympic Trials, Junior Pan American Games and Pan American Games. Most notably, Taylor coached world-class sprinter, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, who has since won silver medals in the 2012 IAAF World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey and 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, Russia.
From 1995 to 1999, Taylor served as a women's track & field assistant coach at Princeton University where in addition to her coaching responsibilities, she managed scheduling and coordination of events. During her tenure, the Tigers finished first in the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships twice and Outdoor Heptagonal Championships once.
Since 1992, Taylor has been a USA National Coach including various roles with Olympic Team, IAAF World Championships, Pan American Games, World Junior Championships in Athletics, World Cup, Goodwill Games and Junior Pan American Games. She also served an eight-year stint as a member of the Board of Directors.
Taylor has also served on the coaching staffs at Louisiana State University and the University of Minnesota.
Taylor graduated from Illinois State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications. She went on to earn a Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University and her Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University.
As a student-athlete, she was a nine-time Gateway Conference Champion and member of the Valley All-Centennial Track & Field Team. In 1992, the Gateway Conference recognized Taylor on the All-Decade Team.
Head Coach Matt Phillips
Matt Phillips first began on the track and field coaching staff as an Assistant Coach in 2010 upon graduating with his bachelor's in ceramic engineering. He held that position from 2010 until 2012. Phillips returned to the coaching staff in 2014 where he has coached ever since. He assumed the cross country Head Coach position in the Spring of 2019 while maintaining his role as an Assistant Coach with the track & field team.View Matt's Bio ⟩
While a Student-Athlete as a Saxon, Phillips participated on the cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams for four years. He was a member of the 4x400-meter relay teams for both indoor and outdoor that held school records with times of 3:25.22 and 3:20.85, respectively. Coach Phillips graduated from Alfred University in 2010 with his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering. He was earned Presidential Scholarship and made the Dean's List in 2006 and 2007.
ASSISTANT COACH BETH WATSON
Coach Beth Watson joined the Alfred University women's and men's track & field staff during the outdoor portion of the 2018-19 season as an Assistant Coach to the Saxons.View BETH's Bio ⟩
Coach Watson is also the Assistant Track & Field Coach for Alfred State College since August, 2018 where she is involved with issue training and technique for the jumpers and sprinters. She also manages equipment and transportation, compliance, recruiting and scheduling for the Pioneers. Watson also works with the Alfred State cross country programs. Prior to working at A-State, Coach Watson was a volunteer track & field coach at Dansville High School as she is also a substitute teacher for the school.
Coach Watson earned her Associate Degree in animal industry, agriculture from the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill in 2012 where she was a team captain for the Fighter Tigers' track & field team. She was a two-time All-NEAC Second Team finisher while also being an NCAA Regional Qualifier.
She graduated from Dansville High School where she was a team captain. Watson was a state qualifier in both high jump and the pentathlon while also being a state qualifier in cross country in 2006. She was named the Section V Championship MVP.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
The Nike Cross Country Camp at Alfred University helps you develop as a runner while providing practical tools to help you prepare for the upcoming fall XC season. Alfred's unique physical setting in Western New York provides a memorable camp experience of both great cross country running, as well as having fun in the outdoors and meeting new friends. The summer camp combines a beautiful, safe location with a staff consisting of college coaches, college runners, and other qualified instructors.
- Dates: 2024 Dates Coming Soon. Join Priority List!
- Age Group: 12-17
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Day
- Schedule: Monday-Wednesday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
- Check-in: 15 minutes prior to start of camp
- Location: Joyce & Walton Family Center for Health & Wellness
- View the campus map here
- Meals: Lunch is not provided. Campers should bring their own lunch and snacks.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10
- Grouped by: age, ability, current mileage, and XC experience
- Equipment needed: Campers should bring at least two pairs of broken in running shoes. Racing flats/spikes are optional. Please be sure to properly mark your equipment, so that it can be easily identified.
- Facility: Alfred University Jericho Hill Fields, local roads/trails
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Extra Athletic clothing
- 1-2 pairs of broken in running shoes/ event spikes
- Non-running shoes
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch and snacks
- Small gym bag/backpack
- Extra spending money (suggested $40)
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
- The airports nearest the University are the Greater Rochester International Airport (90min), the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (2hrs), and the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (1hr).
- Luxury Limos can provide a shuttle service from the Rochester and Buffalo airports.
GEAR UP FOR CAMP
All Nike Cross Country Campers receive a Nike camp t-shirt as part of their tuition. Additional Nike Camp gear is available for purchase at check-out or can be purchased at any time on our storefront.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE CROSS COUNTRY CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our Cross Country camps please see our FAQ page.Show Less See More Camp Details
The scenic mountain top of Jericho Hill is the training site for Alfred University's men's and women's cross-country teams. The football team occasionally practices on the grass, in season. Men's and Women's Rugby (a club sport) also uses Jericho Hill Fields, and in winter, cross-country skiers use trails on the mountain as well.
Camp Questions & Answers
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. Staff members provide supervision during instruction, dining times, evening activities, and in the dorm.
All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp
Does this camp have medical personnel on staff?
We have a certified athletic training on-site and a doctor on-call at all times in case of a training injury or medical ailment/emergency.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers dine in the school cafeteria which offers a variety of different meal options that are sure to accommodate most campers’ dietary needs. In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to school’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.
Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
We welcome individual campers and teams. If you come to camp by yourself, we place you in a dorm room with another single camper, similar in age. It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
Does the Health & Release Form need to be signed by a doctor?
Our Health & Release Form does not require a doctor’s signature. This form is required to be filled out accurately, signed by the parent (guardian), and submitted online before arrival on the first day of camp.
My child is new to the sport, do you accept athletes who are beginners in the sport?
Camp participants should have some cross country running experience and be able to run a minimum of 3-5 miles per day.
Competition and recognition was well done
I greatly enjoyed meeting and speaking with coaches and councilors with college experience. I had a lot of fun with new people and look forward to doing it again next year.
— Parent of Attendee from a Similar Camp in 2022
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.