NASHVILLE - Lipscomb cross country and track and field is proud to announce the hosting of their first ever distance running camp this summer.
"This is something we have wanted to do for a long time," Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. "So much of our attention has been focused on moving this program to an elite level. That was our first goal. We have accomplished a lot and have a lot more to accomplish, however we knew this was the right time to step up and offer a distance running camp.”
From July 6-10, the Bisons will host the "Running with the Herd" Cross Country and Distance Camp. It will be a day camp for athletes entering the 7th through 12th grade.
"We've had some of the most amazing personal record rates here at Lipscomb,” Taylor said, “Many of our 5K runners have dropped three minutes off their best times in our program. Our athletes improve at a higher rate than almost any program in the nation. We also have had a ton of team and individual success.”
Although teams are always wary of letting their secrets slip out to the competition, Taylor is glad to share the squad’s winning formula with young distance runners.
"It will be fun to share some of the 'secrets' that we use to get the best out of our athletes,” Taylor said, “These are the same things we have used to improve athletes and build this program to the upper tier of NCAA Division I.”
With all of the success that the Bisons program has had, the goal is to help younger athletes get on the same page as their college counterparts.
"The plan will be to cover topics ranging from training, nutrition, tactics, motivation, teamwork, and so much more,” Taylor said, “We want to have a lot of fun too, with a lot of interactive activities. We are big on team here, and we will bring that focus to the running camp.”
Jumping from middle and high school level events to college level events is tough for all athletes, and Taylor hopes to help make that transition smooth.
"This is also a great opportunity to learn more about what it takes to compete at the next level and all the options there are at the collegiate level,” Taylor said, “In addition to being an NCAA I school, our coaches also have backgrounds in NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA. We will spend some time answering questions about the overall collegiate recruiting process.
"It's going to be a valuable week for middle and high school distance runners that want to learn more and run faster. It's exciting for us to be able to do this."
The camp will be held for five days. It will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $250 per person and includes a camp T-shirt.
Camp Registration and more information can be found at http://www.lipscombsports.com, on the cross country and track and field team pages or by going directly to the camp sign up site at: http://sports.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=784560 and clicking on the tab "BISON DISTANCE CAMP."