Saturday, March 3, 2018

Gatlin and Hoffa Joining Clinician Lineup for 2018!

Registration will open soon for the 8th Annual MAXIMUM VELOCITY TRACK AND FIELD ACADEMY. The camp will once again be held on the campus of Centre College in Danville, KY from June 6-9, 2018.

This year we have added two new Olympic medalists to our star-studded lineup of clinicians.

Justin Gatlin
Justin Gatlin will be working with our sprinters this year. Gatlin is one of the most decorated sprinters in US history with 5 Olympic medals, and 10 World Championship medals. He won the gold medal in the 100m in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where he was also part of the silver medal winning 4 x 100m relay team. That same year he won the bronze medal in the 200m. He picked up his second bronze medal in the 100m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Gatlin won his second silver medal in the 100m in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Reese Hoffa
Reese Hoffa will be working with our throwers this year. He has also been very successful on the world stage winning 1 Olympic medal, and 4 World Championship medals. Hoffa is the bronze medalist from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He won the gold medal at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships. Hoffa also won a gold medal(2006) and two silver medals (2004 & 2008) at the World Indoor Championships.

Gatlin and Hoffa will be joining 7 clinicians who have previously worked with our campers. Sharrieffa Barksdale is back to motivate our campers, and be the liaison to the Olympians. Kenny Harrison will return to work with our long and triple jumpers. Mark Hollis will work with our pole vaulters again this year. Gwen Mikinski will once again work with our high jumpers. Rose Monday will work with our middle distance, distance, and cross country runners. Terrence Trammell will work with our 100m and 110m hurdlers, and Kevin Young will work with our 300m and 400m hurdlers.

To learn more about the careers and accomplishments of our 2018 staff of clinicians, see the "About the Clinicians" tab.

Should you have any questions about the camp, please contact Lisa Owens, Camp Director, by e-mail at: lisa.owens@centre.edu. You may also reach her by phone at (859) 238-5494.  

We look forward to seeing you in June for 3 1/2 days of track and field fun.

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Clinician Lineup Announced - Registration Open

Camp Director, Lisa Owens, is happy to announce that registration is now open for the 7rh annual MAXIMUM VELOCITY TRACK AND FIELD ACADEMY. The 2017 lineup of clinicians is one of our best to date.

Sharrieffa Barksdale
Duncan Atwood
 We are happy to have Sharrieffa Barksdale back as the Liaison to the Olympians. Sharrieffa competed in the 1984 Olympics, and has been a team manager for team USA for the last 3 Olympic Games.

Other returning clinicians include Duncan Atwood who will be working with our javelin throwers. Duncan is a 2-time Olympian, 3-time US champion, and 2-time gold medalist at the Pan Am Games. Click Here to see a 296' 3" throw from Duncan.


Mark Hollis
Mark Hollis will be working with our pole vaulters. Mark was a finalist at the 2016 US Olympic Trials. He is a 3-time US champion, and the bronze medal winner at the 2015 Pan Am Games. Click Here to see Mark jump 19' 1".
Rose Monday

Rose Monday will be working with our middle distance, distance, and cross country runners. Rose has been the women's distance coach on the last two US Olympic Teams. She has competed in 4 Olympic Trials, and is the 2001Masters World Champion in the 800m.
David Pless

David Pless will be working with our shot and discus throwers. David was a finalist at last year's Olympic Trials. David has PR's of 66' 10" in the shot, and 180' 8" in the discus. Click Here to see a big throw from David.
Terrence Trammell


Terrence Trammell will be working with our 100m and 110m hurdlers. He is a 3-time Olympian, and 2-time silver medalist at the Olympic Games.  Click Here to see his silver medal performance at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young will be working with our 300m and 400m hurdlers. Kevin won gold in the 400m hurdles at the 1992 Olympic Games, breaking the World Record with a time of 46.78 seconds. He still is the only person to break the 47 second barrier in the 400m hurdles. Click Here to watch the race.


We have three new clinicians this year.

Kenny Harrison
Kenny Harrison will be working with our long and triple jumpers. He was a very accomplished long jumper with a 27' 0" PR, but is most remembered for his triumph in the 1996 Olympics in the triple jump with a jump of 59' 4".  Click Here to see the jump which is still the Olympic Record.

Carmelita Jeter
 Carmelita Jeter will be working with our sprinters. She won a gold, silver, and bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and was the anchor leg for the US team that broke the 4x100m World Record with a time of 40.82 seconds. Click Here to see the race. She also has 3 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze medals from world championships.

Jesse Williams
Jesse Williams will be working with our high jumpers this year. He is a 2-time Olympian, and 2011 World Champion. Click Here to see his winning performance.  His PR is 7' 9 1/4".

See our "About the Clinicians" tab for a list of major accomplishments of our clinicians.


Once again the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (KTCCA) is offering 15 full scholarships, and 10 half scholarships to Kentucky athletes. Please see our "Scholarships" tab for information if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Deadline to submit your application is April 15 for athletes.

Lisa Owens
The KTCCCA is also offering 10 full scholarships to Kentucky coaches. Application information for coaches is also on our "Scholarships" tab. Deadline to submit your application is May 1 for coaches.

If you have any questions regarding camp, please e-mail Lisa Owens at lisa.owens@centre.edu. You can also reach her by phone at (859) 238-5494.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Clinician Update

As many of you know, Jamie Nieto was injured in a very serious accident on April 23rd. Here is the latest information that we have.

The injury
Jamie was coaching his group of jumpers at Azusa Pacific University and at the completion of
training they were doing back flips. Initially on the HJ pit, then on the ground. Most of you probably remember this was Jamie’s signature move. After every competition, good or bad, Jamie would wave to the crowd and do a back flip or back handspring.
While doing one of these back flips, something happened and he didn’t complete the rotation and landed on his head. He fell to the ground and was immediately paralyzed. He couldn’t feel his body and was having difficulty breathing. 911 was called and EMT’s arrived rather quickly on the scene. Understanding the severity, the helicopter was called to the track where he was airlifted to USC Trauma Center. While in the helicopter, Jamie was put on a ventilator to help him breathe. On arrival to the trauma center they moved Jamie almost immediately into the MRI machine to assess the damage. Just before the MRI, Jamie started to regain feeling in his hands and in his feet. He still couldn’t move any of his limbs and his breathing was still labored.

The MRI Results/Surgery
The results showed no breakage of the spine and no cuts in the spinal cord, but the C3 and C4 vertebrae had been compressed and the disc between them had been forced forward into the spinal cord. They decided to operate and remove the disc. They had to enter the neck from the front to access the disc and remove it. They also fused the spine together at C3-C4. The surgery was a success and now Jamie is fighting through the rehab process.

Rehabilitation
The progress Jamie is making is definitely positive. He is able to breathe more comfortably now, he is swallowing liquids and soft foods now. His movement is coming back slowly. At last check this morning (Tues 4/26) he was able to shrug his shoulders and lift his forearm. He still didn’t have movement of his fingers but he was able to lift his arm with more strength and control than the day before. His lower body has feeling and he can recruit and fire the muscles but he has no movement yet. He has been able to squeeze the legs together. The outlook remains positive that Jamie can still make a full recovery. He is working hard to get back, approaching these movements like you’d expect an athlete would doing reps in the weight room.

Please keep the support and words of encouragement coming in. Believe me, Jamie is humbled and honored by all the support he is receiving.

Thank you,

Paul Doyle

A fund has been established to help Jamie with his medical bills. If you would like more information, please visit the Jamie Nieto Fund.


We are thankful that Gwen Wentland-Mikinski will be able to work with our high jumpers again this year in Jamie's absence. Gwen worked with our high jumpers last year, and did an amazing job. She is the 2012 US Olympic Team Women's Jumps and Combined Events Coach. She is a 2-time US champion. She also set the US Record in the Masters (40-44) Division in 2013 by jumping 5' 9 3/4".

Thursday, March 10, 2016

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR KENTUCKY KIDS

The Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association have generously agreed to offer scholarship opportunities for Kentucky students again this year. To learn more, visit our Scholarships tab. Deadline to submit an application is April 15th.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Camp Dates Announced For 2016 - Registration Now Open

The 6th Annual Maximum Velocity Track and Field Academy will be held June 8-11, 2016. We have an outstanding lineup of clinicians scheduled to be on hand. The camp will once again conclude with the track and field portion of the Bluegrass State Games. We are also working on adding a cross country program to our camp in 2016. Please check back for more details as they become available. We hope you can join us for 3 1/2 days of track and field fun!

Registration is also now open. You can choose to pay in full, or pay a $100 non-refundable deposit.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Owens at lisa.owens@centre.edu

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Camp Lineup Announced

Registration will open March 1st for the 5th annual Maximum Velocity Track and Field Academy to be held June 10th - 13th, 2015, on the campus of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. 

 

Sharrieffa Barksdale
Sharrieffa Barksdale will be with us again this year leading our group sessions, and helping our clinicians as needed. She has been very instrumental in helping us put together our lineup of clinicians. Barksdale was a competitor in 400m hurdles in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and was an Assistant Manager to both the 2008, and 2012 US Olympic teams. She is the former American record holder in the 400m hurdles.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young will be working with our 300/400m hurdlers again this year. This will be his fourth year as a clinician. Young won the gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona with a new world record time of 46.78. He is still the only person to ever run sub 47 seconds in the 400m hurdles.


Dwight Phillips

Dwight Phillips will be working with our long and triple jumpers again this year. This will be his second year as a clinician. Phillips won the gold medal in the long jump at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He is a 2-time Olympian, and 5-time world champion in the long jump. His PR's are 28' 8 1/4" in the long jump, and 53' 10 1/4" in the triple jump.


Aretha Thurmond


Aretha Thurmond will be working with our
throwers this year. This will be Aretha's second year as a clinician. Aretha is a 4 time Olympian, most recently in 2012 where she served as women's team captain as selected by her peers. She is a 4-time US Outdoor Champion, and 3-time runner-up with a PR in the discus of 216' 1". She has also thrown 52' 2 1/2" in the shot.
  

Rose Monday
Rose Monday will be working with our distance and middle distance runners this year. She has competed in 4 Olympic Trials. Having competed at a high level for many years, she won the US Indoor Championship in the 800m in 1985, and was the Masters World Champion in the 800m in 2001. Considered one of the best minds in middle distance/distance running in the US today, she was selected as the US Olympic Team Assistant Coach for Endurance Athletes in 2012. 

Terrence Trammell
  

Terrence Trammell will be working with our 100m and 110m hurdlers.  Terrence is one of the most decorated US hurdlers in the recent past. He is a 3-time Olympian, winning silver in both 2000, and 2004. He is a 3-time NCAA champion, 1-time World champion, and 3-time US champion. He also finished 2nd at the World Championships 3 times.

Darvis "Doc" Patton
Darvis "Doc" Patton will be working with our sprinters this year. Doc has been one of the top sprinters in the US for the past decade. He is a 3-time Olympian, winning 2 silver medals in the 4 x 100m relay. He has PR's of 9.89 in the 100m, and 20.03 in the 200m.
Gwen Wentland-Mikinski

Gwen Wentland-Mikinski will be working with our high jumpers this year. She is the 2012 US Olympic Team Women's Jumps and Combined Events Coach. She is a 2-time US champion. She also set the US Record in the Masters (40-44) Division in 2013 by jumping 5' 9 3/4".

Tim Mack
Tim Mack will work with our pole vaulters this year. He won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, and broke the Olympic record by vaulting 19' 6 1/4". He currently coaches 9 elite pole vaulters, including the #1 ranked US pole vaulter, Mark Hollis.

Lisa Owens
If you have questions regarding the camp, please contact
Camp Director, Lisa Owens by e-mail at: lisa.owens@centre.edu, or by phone at (859) 238-5494

Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 Dates Announced

The 5th Annual Maximum Velocity Track and Field Academy will be held on June 10th - 13th, 2015. We are still working on our lineup of clinicians, so keep checking back for more information.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Maximum Velocity Event Connects Olympics, Local Athletes in Danville

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DANVILLE, Ky — It was an experience that could almost be described as surreal for seven local athletes and two assistant track coaches|


East Jessamine’s Jade Jenkins, right, was instructed by
Olympian Dwight Phillips during a long-jump drill Friday
at Centre College in Danville.
Where could you go spend three days with eight Olympians — two of whom are current world-
record holders — and a three-time U.S. national-champion pole vaulter? Surprisingly, the answer is Danville’s Centre College for Maximum Velocity.
 
From Wednesday, June 11, to Friday, June 13, West Jessamine High School’s Conner Chess, Susanna McDaniel and assistant coach Caleb McDaniel joined East Jessamine’s Austin Yates, Jade Jenkins, Stephanie Snyders and assistant Cindy Reilly, in addition to West’s assistant baseball coach Steven Shearer’s sons, Cade and Cooper at the event.
 
A total of nine world-class athletes headed up the clinics for the camp held at Centre, which concluded Saturday with the Bluegrass State Games.
 
Maximum Velocity, was a dream come true for Centre College track and field and cross-country head coach Lisa Owens. It all started when Owens met her long-time idol Jackie Joyner-Kersee five years ago. At that time, Owens pitched Joyner-Kersee the idea of doing an overnight camp at the college. Considered by many to be one of the best female athletes to ever live, Joyner-Kersee was instrumental in helping develop the camp in its first two years. Joined by Sharrieffa Barksdale, a 1984 Olympian in the 400-meter hurdles, the athletes drew interest from what looks like a who’s who in the track and field record books. An impressive list of athletes have shown up over last four years to coach the camp athletes ranging from ages 12-19.
 
Barksdale continues to coordinate the Olympic athletes each year. Her vibrant nature and inspirational manner gets the campers motivated. Barksdale’s loud shouts of “Work” at any given time throughout the day demands the campers’ response with “Hard.”
 
The camp introduction was made on Wednesday afternoon by Owens. She went on to introduce the first four clinicians, which included Jamie Nieto, a two-time Olympic high jumper; 2012 gold medalist Aries Merritt (men’s 110-meter hurdles and current world record holder); bobsled and sprinting gold- and silver-medalist Lauryn Williams; and three-time pole-vaulting national champion Mark Hollis.
 
Remaining Olympians arrived Thursday with the welcoming of two-time Olympian and long-jump gold-medal winner Dwight Phillips; Hazel Clark-Riley, a middle distance-runner and three-time Olympian with seven U.S. titles in the 800-meter women’s run; Olympic discus gold-medalist Stefanie Brown-Trafton; and Kevin Young, who is the only man to ever run a sub-47-second time in the 400-meter hurdles.
 
“I can’t describe what an incredible opportunity this was. I signed on as a parent/coach. They allow you to kind of follow them around and watch — even ask questions. I definitely took a lot of notes. It just felt kind of dream-like to find myself on a college track having a world-record holder (Kevin Young) and a five-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist (Dwight Phillips) give me advice and coaching tips,” Reilly said. “We will be back. Hopefully with a lot more athletes. I know Jade and Austin really benefited from this camp.”
 
Campers from as far away as New York and Texas attended last week’s festivities, with ages of athletes ranging from middle school to college.
 
“We have a couple of great hurdlers moving up from our middle school joining our team at West this coming year. They both placed at states last year. This was a great opportunity for me to pick up some tips for them from two world-record holders (Aries Merritt and Kevin Young), being in the same place,” McDaniel said. “I also picked up some field-event tips from Dwight Phillips and Jamie Nieto. It was a great experience for Conner and Susanna.”
 
Owens said she wanted to emphasize what a great sport track is and how it is a building block for many other sports. All sports require speed, endurance and strength, and track and field can build confidence, Owens said.
 
As part of Maximum Velocity, all campers were invited to the Bluegrass State Track and Field Meet also held at Centre College on Saturday. The Bluegrass Games are broken down by age group, allowing entire families to get out and join the fun. Even events that aren’t usually seen at a local level, including the javelin, steeple chase and Hammer, were included in the meet.
 
McDaniel highlighted the games’ action for local athletes as he won his age group in the high jump with a height of 6 feed, 6 inches.

Getting Olympians All at Centre College an Amazing Feat

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014 5:36 am

Aries Merritt, the gold medalist in the men’s 110-meter
hurdles at the 2012 Olympics, talks with athletes as they take a
break from training at the Maximum Velocity Track & Field
Academy at Centre College. “I loved this camp,” Merritt said.
Sarah Hayhurst, left, of Fort Wayne, Ind., who will
 compete for Centre College next year, watches video of her
pole vault attempt with instructor Mark Hollis.Photos
by Mike Marsee/mmarsee@amnews.com
she’s not used to seeing so many of them in a small town like Danville working at a camp like they have been at the Maximum Velocity Track and Field Academy at Centre College.

“I am amazed at who has been here,” said Williams, one of only five people ever to win a medal in the Winter and Summer Olympics. “To get these people in the same room — and not just smiling and waving at you but actually working and coaching — is an amazing feat.

Instructor Jamie Nieto, who just missed a medal in
the 2012 London Olympics, watches high jumpers
work on their steps during a drill.
 “If more people knew about this camp, they would be here because it’s hard to get us all in the same place, or even just get one of us to do this. But to have so many Olympians here at one time is just a blessing for all these kids because they can learn so much.”
 
The camp, directed by Centre track coach Lisa Owens, opened Wednesday and ended Saturday with participants competing in the Bluegrass State Games on the Centre track.