Nike Rising Stars Track & Field Camp Hillsdale College
TRAIN. COMPETE. IMPROVE.
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!
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- 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 Andrew Towne
Andrew Towne is in his 7th 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 Andrew '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 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.
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.
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.Show Less See More Camp Details
2018 SESSION INFORMATION
Events at Hillsdale College Track & Field Camp
- Sprints (Up to 400m)
- 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 July 11th between 9:30-11:30 a.m. Address is 271 Union Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242.
Check-out: Saturday July 14th 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 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
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
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.
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Learned a lot
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 of Camper 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
— Edward A., Hillsdale College Camper, 2016
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
— Stefan R., Hillsdale College Camper, 2016
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.
— Jae L., Hillsdale College Camper 15'
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.
— Hillary G., Hillsdale College Camper 15'
Cannot imaging a better experience for my young camper! Instruction and facilities were both first rate. My daughter cannot wait for next year.
— Brendon L., 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.
— Dori P., Hillsdale College Camper 14'
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.
— Ivory L., Parent of Hillsdale College Camper 14'
Can't wait for next year!
Great location, awesome staff! Can't wait to come back next year!
— Farrah P., Hillsdale College Camper 14'
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.
— Brittney R., Hillsdale College Camper 13'
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.
— Erin M., Hillsdale College Camper 13'
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!
— Pat R., Hillsdale College Camper '16