Major Summer Clinic Update! (4/22/13)

Posted by Latif Thomas

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We have a lot of new information to share with you today. Some of it is only being confirmed as I log into work this morning so I’m posting this before we’ve even added all the new info to the site.

Bottom line: This clinic is going to be pretty bad ass!


Update #1: We’ve added the Distance Events

The Distance Group will be headed by Harvard University Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Jason Saretsky.

Sure you can send your athletes/go to one of those week long camps in the mountains some place where you do too much mileage for the week.

But, if you’re an athlete do you really want to pass up the opportunity to get in front of, work with and talk to the coach who runs Harvard University’s Track & Cross Country program? I know how many apply to Harvard and try to contact Coach Saretsky. The numbers he gave me on that topic were, quite frankly, astounding. Now you can spend two days with him on campus (followed immediately by Junior Day) which is an opportunity that should not be ignored just to attend the same old camp.

If you’re a coach, now you have yet another event group you can go and observe and another set of coaches you can ask training questions in order to add some more tools to your coaching tool box.

You’ll hear more from Coach Saretsky later this week or next Monday, but for now just register before everyone else finds out:

==> CTF Summer Clinic – Distance Group Registration


Update #2: New Coaches added to the staff.

Confirmation of these coaches is just reaching me this morning so I haven’t even had time to add their info/bios to the site yet. I’ll post about them in more detail a bit later in the week, but briefly, we’ve added:

Distance: Jason Saretsky (Harvard University)

Javelin: Michelle Eisenreich (Stanford University)

Shot/Disc: Andrew Dubs (Harvard University)

High Jump: Kathrine Bright (Wheaton College – MA)


Update #3: Did you say 43’4″ in the Triple Jump?

Obviously, I think we have a rock solid coaching staff at this clinic.

And today I want to highlight some of the work being done by one of our Lead Jumps Clinicians: Columbia University’s Reuben Jones.

At the Indoor Conference Championship (Heps), two of the women in his jumps group went over 42′ in the triple jump.

But, this past weekend Coach Jones showed why we call him ‘Black Boo’ when one of his jumpers went 43’4″ putting her at #7 in the NCAA.

Are you serious, Reuben Jones? I’d be content with a boy jumping 43′ 4″!

I seem to remember Coach Grigg of Jacksonville University, our other Lead Clinician in the Jumps, having two ladies over 21′ in the long jump a few years ago. WOW…our jumps staff is talented this year!

Want to find out what they are doing with their athletes in the long and triple jump? You’ll discover their techniques first hand at the 2013 Complete Track & Field Clinic this July!

…Not to steal any of Coach Jones’ thunder, but Sprints Clinician Kebba Tolbert (Harvard) saw his athletes break the women’s 4×400 school record when they ran… 3:38.79 this past weekend at LSU. It’s the first team in school history to break 3:40.0 and was highlighted by a 54.3 lead leg and a 53.4 anchor leg!

I have to say I feel extremely grateful to be able to pick the brains and steal ideas from these coaches on a regular basis. And when you come to the clinic this summer, whether as a coach/parent or athlete, you’ll get to do the same.

==> Register for the 2013 Complete Track & Field Clinic


See you in July!

-Latif Thomas



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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