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LINCOLN TRACK AND FIELD - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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LHS Track and Field Information Sheet for the
2014 Track and Field Season
PARENT MEETING IS THURSDAY, MARCH 6TH @ 7 pm in the LHS Cafeteria!!
- The 2014 Track and Field begins Monday, March 3rd.
- Practice is Monday through Friday, 3:40 – 5:30 at the Lincoln HS track and Field.
- All athletes must have a current physical or physical update on file, and a blue card must be given to the coach. A code of conduct sheet must be filled out and kept on file. These forms are available in the Athletic offices in room 126.
- Payment is $210, and $45 for free and reduced lunch students. If possible the track and field team would like to ask families to give an additional amount to cover extra coaches, and uniform and equipment needs for the team. This can be added directly to the check written out to Lincoln High School Athletics. Credit card payment is also possible through the bookkeeper, Jill Ross, in room 104.
- Athletes must be taking and passing 5 classes to participate in any Lincoln HS team sport. Grades will be monitored and athletes may be asked to do progress reports if they are having difficulties in classes. Please do not hesitate to talk with a coach if you are worried about a class, or if you are a parent and have concerns. Academics come first.
- Track and Field is a no cut sport. All athletes who come out for track and field will train with the team, and compete in duel meets. Invitational meets are for varsity and upper level jv athletes. There are only 4 Invitational meets.
- Athletes are expected to be at practice everyday unless cleared by the head coach to not attend. A contract for athletes planning on being absent 1 – 2 days per week for other activities such as tutoring, music lessons, other sports teams, etc. needs to be filled out by the athletes and parents. Head Coach Charlotte has the forms.
- If you know you will be absent, please tell your coaches 24 hours in advance. If you cannot make a meet and you have a legitimate excuse, please make sure your coaches know well in advance so we can substitute someone in your event.
- Please dress warmly and in layers. If it is cold and rainy, we do not want to see athletes with bare legs or arms. The clothing does not have to be expensive or technical. A plain pair of sweats, a windbreaker, gloves, and a hat is all that is needed.
- Athletes will need a pair of training shoes and a pair of spikes or event shoes. For those beginners in the middle and distance events, spikes are not necessary until later in the season, if at all. Most running shoe stores will give you a discount of 10 – 15% if you tell them you are on a school team.
- If athletes cannot afford shoes, please see one of the coaches and we will try and find a pair for them. This is only for athletes and families who cannot afford shoes.
- A schedule for the season can be found on www.athletic.net In addition this website will provide all results for the upcoming season. Go to Oregon > 6A > Metro League > Lincoln Updates also for the schedule will be listed here.
- Please sign up for emails from the team from Mail Chimp. The link can be found on the front page of both the www.athletic.net and on the www.ihigh.com/lincolncards website. The link is http://eepurl.com/OeY7H
This is the best way to receive team information and updates. In addition you can sign up to volunteer for the track and field meets at www.signupgenius.com and go to the Lincoln page.
Finally, we are so excited you are joining the LHS Track and Field Team! We promise a positive and rewarding experience if you are willing to work hard, set goals, and compete to the best of your ability! Our coaches are passionate about track and field, and love coaching their events. Bring a willingness to work hard, a positive attitude, and a brave heart, and you will be successful!
Please do not hesitate to call or email Head Coach Charlotte Richardson @ email@example.com or 503-916-5206 or come and see her in the Athletic Office in room 126
The Lincoln HS Track and Field Coaching Staff 2014 -
Charlotte Richardson – Head Coach, and Head Middle and Distance Coach
Suzanne Parry – Varsity Assistant and Assistant Distance Coach
Laval Short – Head Throws Coach
Billy McKinney – Head Jumps Coach
Elvis Akpla – Head Sprint Coach
Christy Schwartz – Head Pole Vault Coach
Eric Mitchum – Head Hurdle Coach
Kyley Johnson – Head High Jump Coach
Dr. Kelley Henry – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Tinker Hatfield – Pole Vault Coach
Arlisha Davis – Assistant Jump and Sprint Coach
Kathy Parker – Assistant Distance Coach
Steve Byers – Assistant Distance Coach
Eric Dettman – Assistant Distance Coach
Caty Leach – Assistant Sprint Coach
Shelby Patterson – Assistant Throws Coach
This season we will have one of the very best coaching staffs in Lincoln Track and Field history, including a world record holder, multiple Olympic Trials Qualifiers, pro football players, and State Cross Country Champions!
Our returning staff will include Billy McKinney, Laval Short, Suzanne Parry, Kathy Parker, Steve Byers, Christy Schwarz, Kyley Johnson, Arlisha Davis, Dr. Kelley Henry, Caty Leach, and Head Coach Charlotte Richardson. In addition to these coaches, Lincoln has been lucky to hire Elvis Akpla, Eric Mitchum, and Eric Dettman.
Elvis Akpla, a former Lincoln alum, and 2007 State Meet Champion in the long and triple jump, will join us for the 2014 season. He was a wide receiver at Montana State, and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012. He will coach both our sprinters and jumpers.
We also welcome Coaches Eric Mitchum and Eric Dettman, both University of Oregon track and field athletes.
Eric Mitchum hurdled at Oregon from 2002 through 2006, and still holds the high hurdle record with a time of 13.38. All American, and Olympic Trials Qualifier, Eric will bring his extraordinary talents to coach our hurdlers.
Eric Dettman ran distance and mid distance for the University of Oregon, with a 1500 PR of 3:51.79 and the 5K in 14.54.19. As a high school runner, he ran for the famed York High School cross country team, in Elmhurst, Illinois and starred in the running film “The Long Green Line”. Eric will assist with the mid and distance group.
Our returning coaches –
Coach McKinney, our horizontal jumps and sprint coach, was a Decathlete at Boise State University. Coach McKinney qualified to run in the Olympic Trials in 1984. At Lincoln High School he has coached many jumpers who have qualified for the State Championships. He 2007 he coached Lincoln HS track and field athlete, Elvis Akpla, to the State Title in both the Triple and Long jump. He repeated this extraordinary feat in 2012, with Lincoln's Alex Sattley winning the State Championship Long and Triple Jumps.
Coach Suzanne Parry, Head Lincoln Cross Country Coach, will assist Coach Richardson with the middle and distance team. This past fall the LHS Cross County boys team won the Metro League Championships. Coach Parry is an avid distance runner and a veteran of many marathons.
Coach Kathy Mills Parker, assistant mid and distance coach, will bring her unique experience and perspective as a world class distance runner to the Lincoln Track and Field Team. In 1978, while at the University of Pennsylvania, Coach Parker set the world record on the track in the 5,000 with a time of 15.32.5.
Coach Laval Short attended high school in Denver, Colorado, participating in track and field, wrestling, and football. After graduating from high school he accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder for football. Upon completing his eligibility at Colorado, Coach Short was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round and played four years of professional football. This will be his thirteenth year as the throws coach for the Lincoln Cardinal Track and Field program.
Coach Christy Schwarz ran and pole vaulted as a student at Lincoln High School. She has come back to coach the Pole Vaulters at Lincoln, and will return this year with the top two men vaulters in the Metro League District.
Coach Kyley Johnson, our high jump coach, was the 3A Oregon State Champion in the high jump with a state meet record of 6' 9 1/4". He competed at the University of Oregon, winning the Pac 10 HJ title as a freshman with a jump of 7' 1/2 ". His personal best in the is 7' 2 1/2 ". Kyley has consistently brought a Lincoln HS high jumper to the state meet the past 3 years.
Coach Steve Byers, assistant distance coach, was an early Oregon distance runner in both cross country and track at Grant High School. In 1965 he won both the PIL Mile Championship and the Oregon State Cross County Championship titles. In college he ran at the University of California lettering in both Cross County and Track as a Steeplechaser.
Coach Arlisha Davis, another of our Lincoln High alums, will assist with the sprinters, and relay teams this season. Arlisha was one of the top sprinters in Oregon during her years at Lincoln, with the 2nd fastest time in Lincoln history of12.26 a in the 100 meters.
Dr. Kelley Henry, our strength and conditioning coach, has extensive experience as a trainer and coach. Dr. Henry has a Ph.D in Kinesiology from Texas Women's University, and a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College. She was a distance runner during high school and college years.
Head Coach Charlotte Lettis Richardson, will work with the mid and distance runners, as well as overseeing the track and field program. She has coached for over 40 years at the college, high school, middle school, and club levels. She was Co-Head coach in 2007 with Forrest Sherman, when Lincoln HS won both the Boys and Girls 6A State Track and Field Championships. As a national caliber runner in track, cross country, and road racing, she brings to her coaching the experience of being a national caliber athlete, as well as a the knowledge of a coach. In 1976 she qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 1500 meters.
Come and hear more about the Lincoln High School Track and Field Team! Be a part of this large and fun family of athletes and coaches! All are welcome! All are encouraged to come out and be a Lincoln Track and Field Cardinal!
The LHS Track and Field Athlete learns to sets goals, be a part of a track and field family, believe in always doing their best no matter if they are JV or Varsity, and to respect the long and successful tradition of Track and Field at Lincoln.
Goals, Family, Excellence, Tradition
Paperwork/ Clearance -- All athletes are required to complete either a Physical Clearance Form or an Update Clearance Form annually. A physical by a doctor is required every two years and the Physical Clearance Form is completed in those years. In alternate years the Update Clearance Form must be completed. In addition, a current blue card must be turned to the coach for every sport. A Code of Conduct is required for every student who goes out for a sport. Registration for track and field will be during the spring sport registration February 18, 19, and 20, or in the Athletic Office at Lincoln HS - room 126. Forms are available at LHS in the athletic office, as well as online at www.ihigh/lincolncards.com
Fees – All athletes pay “pay to play” fees at Lincoln. These fees are $210, or $35 for students on free/reduced lunch. There is an annual limit of $420 per student (so, if a student plays three sports, there is no fee required for the third sport) and $830 per family. Of the $210, $200 goes to the PIL District Athletic office to pay for transportation, administration, coaches’ salaries, etc. Only $10 stays with the Lincoln Athletic office. Nothing goes to the track program. We are asking all track and field families to pay a slightly higher fee ($240-$270) with the amount above $210 as a donation. These extra funds will go towards the expenses involved in track and field: equipment, uniforms, financial support for our “volunteer” coaches. If every track athlete contributes $50 we will raise $7,000 which is about half of what we need to cover our expenses.
Expenses – This is a list of some of the substantial expenses the track program faces -
We would like to power wash and restripe our track in 2014 - $9,000 - $11,000
Resurface the existing track in the next couple of years - $150,000
15 replacement hurdles - $175 each
Ladders, med balls, conditioning equipment - $700
HJ and PV bars - $400
Javelin - $350
Printer (for meet results) - $600
Travel and lodging for the State Meet - $2,500
Coaching staff (the District pays for 6 coaching salaries, but we have, and need, a much larger staff) - $8,000 - $12,000
Athletic trainer - $1,500
Strength and Conditioning Coach - $1,500
Additional Uniforms - $3,500
Fundraising – In addition to asking families to make a donation with their athletic fees, the track and field team fundraises by hosting a middle school track and field camp (March 18,20,21), by sponsoring a raffle, by hosting a dinner at our intra-squad Red/White meet on March 12th.
Contact Info – There are two websites which contain important information, race results, practice schedule, etc: www.ihigh/lincolncards.com and www.athletic.net. Also, please make sure we get your email as we do communicate regularly. Go to Mailchimp by clicking on this link - http://eepurl.com/OeY7H Coach Charlotte’s phone number, 503-891-8153, is a good way to contact us in case of emergency, especially when we are at a meet.
Important dates - Parent Meeting will be on March 5th at 7 pm in the cafeteria. This is a very important meeting for all track and field families. You will get information about the season as well as have an opportunity to sign-up to volunteer.
The Red/White intra-squad meet will be Thursday, March 13 from 3:45-6:00. Come and get a first look at your athlete in competition. Plan to stay for the team/family dinner to follow ($5 per person to support the program).
The Coaching Staff looks forward to working with the LHS Track and Field Athletes for the 2014 season!
WE NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS TO MAKE THIS TEAM "RUN"!! IMMEDIATELY WE NEED A PARENT OR TWO TO BE VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS. WE ALSO NEED HELP SORTING AND ORGANIZING UNIFORMS BEFORE THE SEASON BEGINS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP HEAD UP THE PARENT VOLUNTEER GROUP, OR HELP SORT UNIFORMS PLEASE EMAIL COACH CHARLOTTE RICHARDSON AT firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for track and field meet jobs will be at the Parent Meeting on Wednesday, March 5th.
Goals, Family, Excellence, Tradition
Head Coach Charlotte Richardson