The Lancaster City Track Club started as an “unattached” team when a few kids from Wheatland Middle School wanted to keep training and competing after their 2013 season. A few McCaskey kids would join in a couple weeks after.
Under the leadership of Derek Jennings (also head coach for XC and T&F at JP McCaskey), the club has trained and competed every summer since. The goal is to keep kids on “the right track” through track and field. Summers can lead to a lot of free time, unsupervised time, and the chance to create bad habits and/ or get mixed up into negative things. The club partners kids with positive influences including high school coaches, Lancaster City Police Officers, and former student-athletes. Working out obviously brings a ton of benefits and the kids have shown a lot of growth and development.
Each year there is a district/ association meet (this year at Millersville University) with qualifiers going on to regionals (this year at Widener University). Top 6 at regionals go to nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Lancaster City Track Club has qualified 14 athletes for this national level championship! The club will travel as a team and compete starting Monday, August 1.
Competing will be:
Kamyah Wright became the first athlete in team history to win 4 gold medals at regionals!! She won the 200 (25.35/ 25.40), 400 (57.42) and was on the winning 4×100 (49.08) and 4×400 relay teams (3:56.75).
Amyrah Kellam took two golds in the javelin (123’03”) and discus (110’00”).
Kamiah Wright (Kamyah’s twin) won two silvers in the 400 (57.49) and 800 (2:20.25) and was on the gold 4×400 relay team.
Katie Urbine took gold in the pole vault (she won silver at the PIAA championships in the spring) in 12’00” silver in the 100 meter (12.87), and was on the gold medal 4×100 team.
Natalie Carlisle qualified in the 80 hurdles (14.94) and the 800 meter (2:35.23) and is the team’s youngest qualifier (12U). Rising 7th grader.
Corrine Miller – 14 year old long jump – 6th – 14’02”
Derrick Blamco – 15/16 year old 110 hurdles in 16.6” (bronze).
Lucie De Syon – 200 (25.95/ 26.17), 400 – 5th in 59.24 and is on both relays.
The club took first in the 15/16 boys 4×100 (44.50), girls 17/18 4×100, and the girls 17/18 4×400.