SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Anyone who has seen the Sheffield High School track and field team in recent seasons knows just how much the program is thriving, both with numbers and performance.
A lot of that begins at the younger levels, and, as the program hosted its Sheffield Wolverines Track and Field Youth Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week.
The camp is divided into three groups – kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade and sixth and seventh grade.
“Having these summer track camps really sparks the interest of the younger kids,” said Sheffield head varsity track and field coach Jason Snell. “It brings the kids together; they are able to enjoy it and they see how it is in regular track and field. Some of the kids I have now (in high school), they can remember those days.”
There were 70 kids attending the camp, ranging from Sheffield, Warren, Tidioute, Kane and even all the way from Oregon, as current Wolverine standout Emily Foster’s sister came in.
“There was some adversity,” Snell said. “Wednesday we were just getting started and it started to pour. Some of the kids looked like they were on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ and we had to move inside. And of course, with everything going on with (Michael) Burham, there was a lot of should we or should we not.”
The events for the camp included shot put, long jump, 50-meter dash and the 100-meter dash.
Funds raised from the camp will help go towards the purchase of new hurdles for the 2024 season.
“It all worked out and it all went wonderful,” Snell said.