Nike Rising Stars Cross Country Camp Hillsdale College
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Nike Running Camps develops runners to 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.
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- 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 coached several All-Americans, NCAA qualifiers, and GLIAC champions including Emily Oren and Amy Kerst.View Samantha Kearney's Bio ⟩
With Coach White, Kearney helped guide the 2013 women’s cross country team to their first NCAA appearance since 2010.
Before returning to Hillsdale College, Kearney coached the steeplechase at 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 distance events.View RP White's Bio ⟩
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 4th 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.View Nate Miller's Bio ⟩
Prior to his arrival 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 his phenomenal career for the Seminoles.View Stargell Williams's Bio ⟩
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 shot put.
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 teaches the fundamentals of XC running with the overall goal of developing good habits that lead to even better results. The staff at Hillsdale has considerable success developing young men and women into competitive athletes. We bring the same principles to our campers. We 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
2018 SESSION INFORMATION
Check-in: Wednesday July 11th between 9:30-11:30 a.m at the dorm. 271 Union Street; Hillsdale, MI 49242
Check-out: Saturday July 14th at 12:00 p.m. from the dorms.
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 payable to US Sports Camps
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: a certified 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
Runners 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, training is in the Biermann Center- which boasts the world’s widest indoor 200m track, using the same Mondo surface that was used in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Outdoors, runners train at the Herrick Track, also using the same Mondo surface that was used in the 2000 Sydney and the 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
One on One Instruction
My son learned a lot during the small group breakout sessions. He enjoyed his one-on-one time with the coaches working in the long-jump pit. The camp worked on his technique and increased his confidence in the sport.
— Jim D., Parent 2017
Great Coaches and Location
Hillsdale coaches were prepared , professional and even the student athletes were there to help. We drove up from Florida, and were completely satisfied. It is not often you find a coaching staff who would spend this much time with the younger kids.
— Joseph Z., Parent 2017
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., 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 2015
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., Camper 2016
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., Camper 2016
Builds a good athlete to coach relationship and balances having fun during workouts with learning and becoming a better runner.
— Dylan L., Camper 2015
Can't wait for next year
Great location, awesome staff! Can't wait to come back next year!
— Jazmin W., Camper 2015
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., Camper 2014
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., Camper 2014
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., Camper 2014
Camp Dates & Prices
This program has concluded for the season.
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