Legends Camp Teaches Track And Field
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
June 14, 2012 9:28 AM
When some think about track and field they think about long laps around the quarter mile oval. But, the coaches and students athletes from the University of Sioux Falls try to show kids the fun side of track.
“There's other events and you don’t always have to run long distance. Like, pole vault, everyone’s like, ‘you pole vault? How cool is that!” said Brigette Gross.
“A lot of time track and field is a sport that kind of gets neglected or is seen as the not so fun type of sport. We want to give them the opportunity to experience the hurdles, the shot put, the long jump, the pole vault,” said USF Track Coach Reid Ehrisman.
This is the 15th year for the legends events but this is the first time USF track has hosted a camp.
“Track and field has meant a lot to us in our own lives. So, to be able to share that passion that we have for the events in the sport that we love, that’s awesome,” said Ehrisman.
While the camp may not have some of the famous names as other legend camps do, the youngsters picked up some tips from some impressive athletes.
“To me they are legends. They are the first national champions in track that USF has ever seen,” said Ehrisman.
Athletes that continue to work on their sport hope to spark a similar passion into a younger generation of track and field athletes.
“Maybe if they try on the first time it might not be successful but if they keep working at it, they can be successful and it can be fun,” said Gross.
One throw, one sprint, one leap at a time, these local legends share the sport they love with a new set of athletes; who just may be legends of their own one-day.