Nike Track & Field Clinic with LaShawn Merritt and Coach Adrian Durant
TRAIN. LEARN. COMPETE.
Join us for the Nike Track & Field Clinic with Cornell University Head Track & Field Coach Adrian Durant and 400m Olympic Champion LaShawn Merritt, providing world-class coaching on topics including training, drills and technique, plyometrics, motivation and goal setting, nutrition, and much more.
Hosted in Ithaca, NY, you will have the opportunity to learn from one of the most decorated coaches in the Ivy League, along with one of the fastest athletes in track & field over 400m.
This camp is not supported, controlled, or supervised by Cornell University but is under the sole supervision, control, and sponsorship of Coach Adrian Durant and AKD Athletics Consulting LLC.
- Top-notch coaching
- Event-specific training
- Pole Vault offered
- Individual & group instruction
- Open ages 8-18
- Nike Running Camps t-shirt
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Director Adrian Durant
Adrian Durant, widely considered to be one of the top young track coaches in the country, was named The George E. Heekin '29 Coach of Men's Track & Field in July 2015. He earned the promotion after spending three seasons as an assistant on the Big Red staff, coaching one of the nation's top sprinting units.Durant is now in his 5th season as The George E. Heekin '29 Coach of Men's Track & Field at Cornell. In his time as head coach Durant has won 1 Ivy League Outdoor Championship, has been named the Ivy League Outdoor Male Coach of the Year, and has twice been named the Outdoor Men’s Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region.View Adrian's Bio ⟩
Honors and Accomplishments
• Broke the scoring record at the Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Heptagonal Championship with the 2016 team during his first year as head coach (211 points).
• Has developed over 50 Ivy League champions, seven Ivy League Championship MVPs and 11 All-Americans.
• Has coached athletes to 24 Cornell school records and six Ivy League records.
• Northeast Regional Outdoor Men’s Coach of the Year in 2016, 2017
• Coached the #1 ranked team in the Northeast Region for 2016 and 2017 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
• 2016 Ivy League Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year
• Head Coach, Cornell University (2015-present)
• Assistant Coach, Cornell University (2012-2015)
• Assistant Coach, Florida A&M University (2010-2012)
Director LaShawn Merritt
LaShawn Merritt is an Olympic Champion and 2-time World Champion in the 400m, as well as winning 2 Olympic and 6 World Championship gold medals in the 4x400m relay representing Team USA. Merritt is one of only six men in history to have broken 20 seconds for the 200m and 44 seconds for the 400m, and his personal best of 43.65 seconds makes him the ninth fastest of all-time.View LaShawn's Bio ⟩
LaShawn was a successful junior athlete and won the 400m gold at the 2004 World Junior Championships, as well as setting two world junior records in the relays.
He established himself individually in 2007 by winning a silver medal in the 400m at the 2007 World Championships.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he won Olympic Gold, running a personal best time and winning by a record margin of 0.99 secs. He also broke the Olympic record in the relay with Team USA.
Merritt established himself as World Champion with a win at the 2009 World Championships in the 400m and the 4×400m relay, which he repeated in 2013 in Moscow.
SECURE YOUR SPOT TODAY! REGISTRATION IS SUBJECT TO CLOSE EARLY.
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
- Dates: January 7, 2024
- Ages: 8-18
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp type: Clinic
- Schedule: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
- Check-in: 15 minutes prior to camp start time
- Meals: Campers should bring their own water/snacks
- Jumps (including Pole Vault)
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 staff to athlete ratio
- Grouped by: age, ability and event
- Evaluation: by coaching staff
- Equipment Needed: Athletes should bring at least one pair of broken in running shoes. Event shoes/spikes are recommended but not required. Please be sure to properly mark your equipment, so that it can be easily identified. Please review the Information Packet for a detailed checklist of items to bring.
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.
- 1 pair of broken in running shoes
- Water bottle
- Packed snacks/lunch
- Gym bag/backpack
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.
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 TRACK & FIELD CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our Track & Field camps please see our FAQ page.
Iconic Barton Hall, the home of the Cornell indoor track team since the 1920s, received a stunning face-lift in 2016 that resulted in a brand new track surface. After the multi-million dollar effort, Barton Hall continues to provide a unique and one of a kind experience, blending a historic building structure with a state-of-the-art indoor track and field facility.
The new track was custom-made for Barton Hall by Beynon Sports Surfaces. The Beynon-1000 track features 8, 42-inch lanes on the home-straightaway for the sprints and hurdles and 6, 42-inch lanes around the 200 meter oval as well as 8 sprint lanes in the center of the oval for training purposes. The radius is the widest allowable by the NCAA for NCAA-qualifying purposes and makes Barton Hall one of the premiere indoor facilities in the East as top athletes continue to congregate in Ithaca to achieve NCAA and USATF-qualifying performances.
In addition to the sprinting straight-away and oval, the track features two dedicated high jump aprons, two pole vault runways and two long jump/triple jump runways. The throwing cage, long one of the finest in the nation remains an indelible part of the building as well. The cage includes a cement circle and crush dust landing sector surrounded by a 25-foot high chain link fence.
In 1995, Barton received another major change with the addition of the H. Hunt Bradley Track Center. The center includes a recently upgraded Hall of Fame/meeting room/study facility for the track team, as well as an office and library, and a 2000-square foot weight room. Adjacent to the Bradley Center, the team also boasts a cardio training facility in Barton Hall which includes an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill for the exclusive use of the men’s and women’s track program.
Camp Questions & Answers
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.
Are meals provided?
Campers should bring their own water/drinks and snacks.
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.
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!
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.