Youth Track & Field, Cross Country, Race Walking
Today’s youth athletes are tomorrow’s champions! As the #1 youth participatory sport, every child competes alongside their peers in 2-year age divisions, from 8 & younger up to 18. Track & Field and Race Walking events take place in the spring and summer; Cross Country events are held in the Fall. They offer a variety of both competitive and fitness opportunities and lead up to regional, national and even international competitions. It is the only way to participate in USA Track & Field’s Junior Olympic program.
The Pacific Association is the largest youth program Northern California, with nearly 4,000 young athletes competing each year. Many of America’s top collegiate athletes began as youth athletes, including stars such as Ashton Purvis, Amber Purvis, Javis Best, Jordan Hasay and Olympians such as Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards, and Lauryn Williams.
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Latest Youth News
USA Track & Field Foundation announces Youth Club Grant recipients.
PITTSBURGH – The USA Track & Field Foundation Chairman Bob Greifeld and Executive Director Tom Jackovic announced today it has awarded 32 Youth Club Grants to track & field clubs throughout the country. The grants assist young male and female athletes with expenses such as travel to meets, equipment, uniforms and facility rental.
Grants were awarded to the following USATF Pacific youth clubs:
- East Palo Alto Greyhounds Youth Athletic Association, East Palo Alto: $2,500
- Hercules Running Rebels, Hercules: $1,500
- High Speed Track Club, Oakland: $1,500
Long time Youth Club coach and starter Bob Shor was awarded the Pacific Association Legacy Coach Awards at the 4 Feb HOKA SuperClinic. Click here for Bob’s contributions to our association.
Read the USATF Report on last Sunday’s USATF National Junior Olympic XC Championships with links to videos and results. Note that Yamilet Lopez is entioned as a USATF Pacific member but she and her team ( Pacific Coast ShockWaves) are not USATF Pacific members, but belong to USATF Southern California. Our star mentioned in the article is Kaylah Grant and her club, the Los Gatos TC: “Kaylah Grant (USATF Pacific, Los Gatos Track Club) took off early in the girls 15-18 5 km and never looked back.”! Los Gatos TC placed 3rd in the Boys and Girls 13-14 division and took first in the girls 15-18 division. Congratulations! And congratulations to all PA Youth who made it to the JO XC Nationals!