Developing the HS Sprinter/Hurdler/Jumper

Posted by Latif Thomas

Last winter, when I spoke at the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches annual clinic, one of my talks was about how to effectively coach the kid who competes in the sprints, hurdles and jumps — a sprinter/hurdler/jumper. Or, at the very least, more than one event group.

Chances are that your athletes, especially your top kids, compete in multiple event groups and finding a safe and effective training balance is one of your biggest challenges.

Based on the positive feedback from the presentation, I was asked to cover this topic again and will do so at the 2012 US All Star Track & Field Clinic in Atlantic City. This particular session is scheduled for 11am on Thursday, December 13.

In my two years at my current school, athletes have set 20 school records in the sprints/hurdles/jumps, as well as the Team Heptathlon State Title in 2011.

I thought I would share the first few slides of that presentation with you today. I’m considering turning this into a full on program so if you’re interested in more on this topic, leave your feedback and, of course, attend the clinic in AC in December!


– Latif Thomas

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Latif Thomas - Latif Thomas owns and operates Complete Track and Field and serves as the Co-Director of the Complete Track and Field Clinic at Harvard University, the largest track and field clinic in the United States. A popular speaker and presenter at some of the largest coaching clinics across the country, Latif has true passion for the sport and it definitely shows. Over the past 19 years, he has coached more combined League, Division, All-State, and New England Champions in sprints, hurdles, and jumps than he can count. Follow @latif_thomas on Twitter.

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