Team Steve Speed & Hurdle Camp #6
October 5-6, 9am-4pm both days @ Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA 17236
With who: Steve McGill, Hector Cotto, Keare Smith, Kevin Howell, Arthur Njemanze, Marla Lindsay
For Whom: Hurdlers ages ALL Ages (youth/hs/college/masters) - MAX of 50 entries
Cost: Athletes & Coaches 
Registration - $325, closes September 21

What to Bring:
–Training shoes
–Spiked racing shoes (spikes should be no longer than a quarter inch)
–Clothes to train in, warmup clothes to warm up in
–Healthy snacks, water bottle, energy bars, Gatorade (Lunch will be provided both days)

What We Do:
The Team Steve Speed & Hurdle Camp is all about teaching. We teach hurdlers efficient sprinting, hurdling, and block start mechanics. Our ability to teach and explain and to provide individualized attention as needed is what sets us apart. We have done five camps already – one in November of 2017, one in March-April 2018, one in June of 2018, one in November 2018, one in March 2019 and this next in October. Campers have come not only from our home base of North Carolina, but we have had athletes come from Oregon, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, and as far as Curacao. Our aim at the camp is to fill our campers' heads with knowledge that they can bring back home with them and apply to their training and racing.
The next Team Steve Speed & Hurdle Camp—our sixth one since November 2017—will be taking place far from our usual spot in Winston Salem, NC. This time, we will be meeting on the 8-lane indoor track in the Hale Field House on the beautiful campus of Mercersburg Academy in South-central Pennsylvania. The camp will take place on Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6, 2019, from 9 am to 4 pm each day.
In Loving Memory of Cameron Akers
Steve McGill
Steve McGill has been coaching hurdlers for his entire adult life, since 1994. Located in Raleigh, NC for most of those years, McGill has coached some of the best hurdlers to ever come out of the state, including current 100m hurdles world record holder Keni Harrison. He also coached Johnny Dutch and Wayne Davis II, both of whom went on to win NCAA championships – Dutch in the 400 hurdles and Davis in the 110 hurdles – and both of whom have gone on to compete very successfully at the international level. McGill also coached Booker Nunley, who, like Dutch and Davis, was the top-ranked male 110 hurdler in his senior year of high school. Throughout his career, McGill has coached at the youth level, the high school level, and privately for athletes of all ages, including post-collegians and masters hurdlers. One of the professional athletes he has coached – Hector Cotto – will be joining him in conducting the Team Steve Speed & Hurdle Camp. More recently, McGill has coached two national champions in the 13-14 age group in consecutive years. In 2017, Alex Nunley won the boys 100m hurdles at USATF Junior Olympic Nationals in a record time, and another of McGill’s athletes, Matt Garrett, finished second in that race. This past July, at the 2018 Junior Olympic nationals, Falon Spearman won the 13-14 girls 100m hurdles in 13.97. All told, four of McGill’s hurdlers qualified for nationals this past year, and three made it to the finals.

Hector Cotto
Hector Cotto has been competing professionally in the 110 meter hurdles for the past decade. In that time, the East Carolina University school record holder (13.66) has raced in two Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and three World Championships (2007, 2009, and 2011) for his native country of Puerto Rico. While training with Coach McGill in 2009, he dropped his personal best down to 13.54, before getting it down to 13.49 a year later. As a youth coach, private coach, and high school coach in the Raleigh, NC area, he is passing on his knowledge and passion for the hurdles onto the next generation of hurdlers. In addition, he is the webmaster of – a reservoir of knowledge for hurdlers and hurdle coaches for ways to improve in all aspects of hurdling, from the block start to technique to weight training to dieting to supplement usage. It’s all there at Cotto’s enthusiasm for track and field, and for the hurdles in particular, is quite infectious, and he is also a very patient instructor who knows how to mold his lessons to the needs of each individual athlete. On his website you can find several ebooks that he has written on hurdling, and you can also find “The Complete Course on Hurdling,” which many coaches and parents have used to guide their athletes through an entire season of training of competing. One such athlete, Cauri “Diggy” Hughes,” earned a national championship in the 11-12 boys 80m hurdles this past July at USATF Junior Olympic Nationals. According to Hughes’ dad Carlos, “Coach Cotto’s training philosophy has transformed my son into one of the top hurdlers in the nation!” And Hughes made this statement before nationals.
Kevin Howell
Kevin Howell, a long-time high school and youth sprint coach in the Raleigh, NC area, has produced many sprint champions over the years. His daughter, Jackie Howell, just finished her senior at the University of Kentucky and is now preparing to begin her professional career. Coach McGill also helped to coach Jackie in her last three years of high school. When Coach McGill lived in Raleigh, he and Coach Howell often worked together to help athletes excel; Howell would refine their block start and their drive-phase mechanics, and McGill would incorporate those improvements into the sprint-hurdling race model.
Keare Smith
2018 National Champion - Falon Spearman
13/14yo girls 100m Hurdles
About Reeder Track:
Located in Mercersburg , Pennsylvania

The camp will be held in the state of the art, Hale Field House on the campus of Mercersburg Academy. Hale Field House is 62000 sq. ft. facility containing a 200 meter track with 8 sprints lane and 6 curved lane that open up Feb, 13th, 2017. It has the same track surface as JDL Fasttrack (Mondo), where most of our past camps have been held.

Here Are 10 Hotels 
within 20-30 minutes of the venue:
has reserved 20 rooms for the Team Steve Speed & Hurdle Camp
@only $119/night (plus tax) these Spacious studio suites include microwaves and mini-fridges, and extensive 
hot breakfast buffet.
If traveling by air:
The venue is about 90 minutes from BWI Airport in Baltimore, MD and IAD Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia.
Hagerstown, MD Regional Airport has two airlines serving it:
1)Allegiant, which only flies direct to Mrytle Beach Sc, St. Petersburg, Fl., and Orlando, Fl.
2) Southern Airways Express which has daily flights from BWI and Pittsburgh, Pa.  
What to Expect:
This camp will be similar to last March's camp. Day One will be heavy with sprint drills and hurdle drills, while Day Two will focus on the block start, attacking each hurdle aggressively, and staying fast between the hurdles. For this camp, since we will be preparing for the indoor season, the emphasis will be almost exclusively on the sprint hurdle events, although long hurdlers can also benefit greatly from the technical work. Even though our emphasis is on teaching, our goal is to get results. We want our campers to be much better hurdlers when they leave here than they were when they came, and we want them to be able to apply all that they’ve learned while here to running faster times. That’s what has been happening, and we are confident that it will continue to happen. One athlete who attended our camp last spring, Jazmine Tilmon of Virginia, dropped her personal best from 14.2 prior to camp all the way down to 13.36 at New Balance Outdoor Nationals. According to her mother, the instruction she received at the Team Steve Speed & Hurdle Camp contributed greatly to her improvement: “Your staff taught her the three things that were missing from her race, which were fixing her blocks correctly, learning to run over the hurdles, and learning how to level her back in her starts.” That’s what we do at the Team Steve Speed & Hurdle Camp – we get results.

Below is a tentative schedule for each day:
Saturday October 5:

8-8:45: arrive, check-in
9: introduction, welcome
9:30 dynamic warm-up
10: sprint drills and hurdle drills
10:30: morning session
12: lunch
1: dynamic warmup
1:30: sprint drills and hurdle drills
2: afternoon session
3:30: cool-down, static stretching
4: Adjourn
Sunday October 6:

9: dynamic warm-up
9:30: sprint drills and hurdle drills
10: morning session
12: lunch
1: dynamic warmup
1:30: sprint drills and hurdle drills
2: afternoon session
3:30: cool-down, static stretching
4: Adjourn
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