Nike Track & Field Camp West Chester University
TRAIN. COMPETE. IMPROVE.
We will NOT be hosting a Nike T&F Camp at West Chester University in 2023.
2023 Camp locations closest to West Chester University:
- Nike Track & Field Camp at Timber Creek High School
- Nike Clark Family Running Camp at The Pennington School
- Nike Clark Family Running Camp at the Peddie School
- Nike Track & Field Camp at Delaware State University
- Nike Track and Field Camp at Ocean City High School
The Nike Track & Field Camp at West Chester University offers an in-depth technical education into specific track & field events. Campers utilize one-on-one training, video analysis and competition to best educate athletes in their given events.
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
- Event-specific training
- 10:1 Camper to Staff Ratio
- Top-Notch College Coaching
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Camp Director Melissa Ferry
Coach Ferry begins her first season as the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country and her fifth season as a collegiate head coach. The B. Reed Henderson High School graduate who was a 7-time PIAA state medalist, comes home to West Chester from Virginia Union University where she spent the last four years running that Division II Track & Field and Cross Country program.View Melissa's Bio ⟩
In four years at Virginia Union, the Panthers' men qualified athletes for the USA Indoor National Championships and the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, collected a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championship team title, earned 17 individual CIAA championships, earned an NCAA All-America award, collected 58 all-conference honors (41 individual, 6 relay, 11 cross country), a pair of CIAA Athlete of the Year honors, NCAA Atlantic Region Men's Indoor Athlete of the Year, 19 NCAA all-region plaudits, 26 NCAA Championship provisional qualifying marks and set 31 school records. The men's team reached the podium every season (XC/I/O) for 10 straight campaigns.
The women also churned out excellent performances, including seven school records across five different event specialties, a pair of NCAA Championship provisional qualifying marks and collected multiple All-CIAA honors, highlighted by Jamara Watson being ranked 25th nationally among all NCAA Division II hurdlers by DirectAthletics in the 60-meter hurdles that also set a new school record.
In October 2019, the men's cross country squad captured the CIAA Championship team title, individual title, and Athlete and Coach of the Year honors. Micah Kipruto captured four wins in five races for the individual title and AOY honors, with three teammates also earning CIAA all-conference.
In 2018, Virginia Union was represented at the USA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. in the men's 60-meter dash by Justin Hunter. Ed'Treon Wilcox was named USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, after being the first man to win both the 60m and 200m dashes at the CIAA Championships. He was the only individual in the Atlantic Region to be ranked No. 1 in two events, and his time in the 200m of 21.38 stands as the fastest time in school history. Additionally, Devin Simon was named the CIAA Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year just one year after walking-on to the program and lowering his high school best in the 400m by 56 seconds to 47.39.
Both the women's and men's programs received USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades from 2018 to 2021 and are eight-time recipients of the CIAA Highest GPA Award. In the fall of 2019, the men's CIAA champion cross country team was the only HBCU to be awarded USTFCCCA all-academic honors for cross country.
Coach Ferry, who holds certification in IAAF Elite Coach/USATF Level 3 – Sprints/Hurdles, Level 2 - Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, Level 2 – Youth Specialization, and has been a grant recipient to attend the USATF Podium Education Project in Las Vegas, serves on the USTFCCCA Executive Committee. She was elected the 2021 CIAA Coaches Association President as well as a USA Track & Field (USATF) Coach Education Instructor. She also serves on the USTFCCCA Women in Coaching Committee an dhelps run the USTFCCCA Female Coach Mentor Program.
She was honored in December 2018 with the USATF Terry Crawford/Distinguished Female in Coaching Award, selected for the 2019 US Emerging Elite Coaches Camp in Sprints and named the 2019 CIAA Men's Coach of the Year for cross country.
Currently, Coach Ferry is completing her doctorate in Health and Human Performance with a focus in Biomechanics from Concordia University–Chicago. Previously she completed a master's in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and a bachelor's in Education from George Mason University in 2008. She spent seven years as a Health and Physical Education teacher for Fairfax Country Public Schools. Previously, she served on the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Coach Education Committee. She has twice presented at the US Coaches Conference, sponsored by the US Olympic Committee, NCAA, and NFHS, as well as at other national conferences on sport leadership, such as the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and the National Association for Women Athletic Administrators (NACWA).
As an athlete, Ferry qualified for the 2004 U.S. Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800m, and co-captained NCAA Division I George Mason University's women's track & field program.
You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
In addition to event specific training, this camp focuses on supplementary exercises to work on speed, agility, quickness, and flexibility. There are morning and afternoon sessions, with afternoon sessions typically being reserved for guest speakers & weight room work-outs (if available).
Located just outside of Philadelphia, West Chester University provides a convenient, top-notch location for camp this summer. Campers will train on the track at the John A. Farrell Stadium.
2024 SESSION INFORMATION
- 2024 Dates Coming Soon. Join Priority List!
- Day Camp 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
- All Track & Field Events (No Pole Vault)
- Campers should bring own lunch
- Ratio: 1:10
- Grouped: by age, ability and event
- Evaluation: by coaching staff
- Facility: West Chester University
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.
Transportation - Not Provided
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30am Arrival & Check-In
- 9:00am Morning workouts
- 12:00pm Lunch (Bring Your Own Lunch)
- 1:00pm Interactive lecture or workout
- 4:00pm Closing Daily Remarks
- 4:30pm Check-Out & Departure
Located just outside of Philadelphia, West Chester University provides a convenient, top-notch location for camp this summer. Campers have several options for training, including the track at John A. Farrell Stadium, the wooded trails of the Gordon Natural Preserve, and the rural roads of WCU’s South Campus.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are campers placed in their training groups?
Training groups are based on a combination of event group/preference, current fitness level, season & personal best(s), and T&F experience. A change in groups can be accommodated if staff members leading those groups feel it is needed.
Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
We welcome individual campers and teams.
It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.
How and when will I receive my information packet with important camp details?
Well before the start of your camp (at least 3 weeks), you will receive a Information Packet which will include all the important details about camp: directions to camp, when to arrive, what to pack/ bring, camp address, and camp contact numbers and the Medical/Release form, etc.
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, and completed online prior to camp arrival.
My son loved the camp and the coaches
My son enjoyed making new friends at the camp and training everyday
— Parent of Attendee from a Similar Camp in 2022
Everyone was supportive and positive
July 16, 2018: My 13-year-old attended the track and field camp and loved it! He is a beginner and it was a very positive learning experience. Everyone was supportive and positive. He will be attending next year!
— Leslie D. Parent
Really liked the coaches
She learned a couple new techniques for jumping and really liked coaches and student coaches.
— Sue M. Parent
It was very well conducted
July 12, 2018: Overall, I enjoyed everything about camp and thought it was very well conducted. While attending this camp, I appreciated talking about overall mechanics for sprinting. Also I enjoyed the muscle specific exercises that would help my sprinting. My camp highlights were the independence involved with camp outside of practice. Plus, the ability to train productively while having fun.
— Art K. Camper
One on One Attention
The camp staff were friendly and encouraging. My daughter appreciated that the coaches knew her by name and worked one on one with her.
— Mike P., Parent 2017
Great coaches and I learned a lot
I really like the coaches and the atmosphere that was provided. I also learned many exercises and information.
— Sydney S., Camper
Useful new routines
He loved the warm ups used at this camp. He will definitely use some of them before his events for his high school track.
— Gina P., Parent 2017
Great learning experience
This camp was a learning experience for me and will be for you. The coaches are there to teach you the proper technique in your event and look out for you in the future.
— Glen B., Camper 2016
Tons of fun
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other people who will share your same love for running. The practices are challenging but doable and you will be sore at the end of it but not in pain. The coaches had wonderful different ideas to what you may be used to. It's good to experience a small part of what college would be like on a team. Overall it was a ton of fun.
— Chester R., Camper 2016
Lots of one-on-one time
The camp taught me a lot more different techniques that I found very helpful during my time at West Chester. I will definitely remember the new skills I have formed and use them during my future as a hurdler. There was also a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches that I appreciated if I ever needed help or had a question.
— Sylvia H., Camper 2016
Nike Running Camps do very well at teaching athletes about all the different perspectives of their event(s). Whether it's nutrition or stretching, weight lifting or technique in the athlete's event, the instruction is very detail-oriented and is taught by genuine coaches who want the athlete to learn.
— Cathy P., Parent 2016
One of the great qualities of a Nike Running camp is its ability to help runners of all levels improve, because of the coaching. When I showed up to a Nike running camp, I enjoyed running but only had a percentage of the knowledge/abilities I have now. In fact, because of this amazing instruction I am now an eighth grader competing on a high school team.
— Samuel P., Camper 2016
Overall great experience
The Nike Running Camp gave great instruction to everyone from beginner to advanced. I learned to do a field event that I had never even done or seen before. This camp overall was great and I am already looking forward to next year.
— Kristy P., Camper 2016
My son has been running for three years and I'm not sure if its due to the size of his team or lack of developmental training with his coaches, but he has never received specific feedback regarding his technique. Nike on the other hand has done that extremely well. He said he received awesome feedback on his form...things he had never heard before.
— Joe B., Parent 2016
This Nike running camp in West Chester, PA is a fun and educational running camp that helps you get in shape and meet other fellow runners that have the same passion as you. i would recommend this camp to anyone who loves to run and is looking to get better as a athlete.
— Chris Z., Camper 2016
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.