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2022 Track & Field Information & Schedule

Updated 12/13/2021.

NOTE: Space is limited for each squad, but we do not have tryouts. We love new athletes!
Junior high (7th/8th grades) is expected to fill quickly with current team members; see priority list.

  • Current team members will be given priority registration beginning Tuesday, December 7, 2021.
    A link will be sent via email.
  • New team members will have the opportunity to register beginning Monday, December 13, 2021.
    Contact us in advance to let us know that you're interested in participating,
    so we can let you know if space might be available. We will send you a link to the online forms when new-member registration opens.
  • Mandatory team registration & orientation meeting: Monday, January 17, 2022.
    See Team Calendar for details.

COVID-19 Expectations & Protocols

  • Conducting and participating in sports programs is challenging and requires a great commitment by all team families. Before you register, please carefully consider the patience, flexibility, and attention to detail that could continue to be required. Let's hope for an early, warm spring. :)
  • COVID-19 modifications and policies have not been determined for spring sports. You can find our current policies here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12J9Lk4msZFxb1Q-9v2csL9ZpFpccxFysR5RVON-u448

Track & Field Events Offered

  • Sprints and hurdles, mid- and long-distance running, and relays.
    Jumps (long/triple/high)TBD. If offered, jumpers will be primarily sprinters and train accordingly. No throws (shot/discus) or pole vault.
  • JV/Varsity: running events span distances from 100m to 3200m (2 mile).
  • Junior high: running events only; races go up to the 1600m (1 mile). No hurdles or field events will be offered for JH in 2022.

Coaches
All coaches meet MSHSL training requirements. See also information contained under the "About Us" tab in the menu bar.

  • Kirk Swanson (MSHSL Certified Head Coach, NFHS Certified Interscholastic Coach, Sprints/hurdles)
  • Jennifer Swanson (Athletic Director, Assistant Coach - Distance)
  • Rachel Calcamuggio (Assistant Coach)
  • Tim Winters (Assistant Coach)

Captains’ Practices
Pre-season attendance is optional. Captains' practices do not count toward your attendance requirements.

  • These may be held the two weeks preceding the first day of the official season (schedule TBD by captains).
  • Captains: Luke Swanson, Sebastian Michael, Siena Michael, Anna Linebaugh.

Official Season:
March 14 (first day of practice) - June 11, 2022 (State meet)

  • Varsity Section and State qualifiers go longer than others depending on individual advancement (see Team Calendar).
    Mark your calendar with post-season meet dates to support your teammates who qualify!
  • Junior High season is shorter (mid May).
    The junior high program is offered on a year-by-year basis and is dependent on coaching availability, facility space, meet opportunities, etc.

Practice Attendance Requirements

  • You are expected to be at all practices and meets on time and for the duration unless prior arrangements have been made well in advance with the head coach. If you anticipate regular absences, contact the coaches before you register. Track and Field is a team sport, and the team performs its best when everyone is present. Practice affects team unity, morale, and success. Your teammates need you!
  • Practice attendance is required 4x/week.
  • JV/Varsity (high school) athletes are required to train 5x/week (competitive Varsity athletes 6x/week), which will require at least one day of running an assigned workout on your own (and logging your completed workout on Running2Win) and/or attending optional practices when offered.

2022 Practice Schedule (*TENTATIVE*)
We practice outdoors as much as possible. Be flexible, and dress prepared!

  • Monday 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. @Hanover City Hall/Settler’s Park (11250 5th St NE, Hanover)
  • Wednesday practices will be required before Thursday JV/Varsity meets.
    In most cases, JH attendance will also be required.

    See Team Calendar.
    Otherwise "Flexible Wednesdays" can be on your own (required Day 5 training) or with us, location TBD, at/near Hanover.
    • 4:30 - 6:00 P.M. through 4/13; 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. beginning 4/20. Stay as long as you can.
    • Not held every week--Watch the Team Calendar. Flexible Wednesdays count toward your early-season "coach led" requirements but do not count toward your in-person cumulative Attendance requirements unless they are required pre-meet practices.
  • Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. 
    • Early season (typically 4-6 weeks): Church of Ss. Peter & Paul.
    • After the snow/ice clears off the track: @Rockford High School*
  • Friday 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. @Hanover City Hall/Settler’s Park.
    Note: there are a few Fridays that we meet later in the evening so that we can get onto the track. See Team Calendar.
  • No practices will be held on JV/Varsity meet days. JV/Varsity runners might have practice on JH meet days but will be excused from practice if assisting a JH meet. However, they must complete and log the prescribed workout that day.
  • If practice must move fully indoors and space is an issue, JH practice may be canceled due to space constraints.

*On-the-track practices are pending contract approval with Rockford; we typically do not get confirmation until February.
Having said that, we have been using this facility for several years and do not expect a problem.

Meets

  • We expect to have 7-8 high school (JV/Varsity) meets and 4-6 middle school (Junior High) meets. See Team Calendar for schedule (subject to change).
  • The events in which you compete at meets will depend on your attendance, performance, and completing and logging your assigned workouts.
  • High school track meets can last until 9:00 P.M.; junior high meets are shorter.
  • Junior highers are welcome to attend JV/Varsity meets and vice versa, but they are not required to.

End-of-Season Banquet

  • Don't miss it! Each athlete is individually recognized and honored for their contribution to the team.
  • Typically held the Sunday evening after after the Section meet.
  • Families with quiet younger/older siblings welcome. :)
  • Potluck. RSVP to Banquet Team Leader. See Team Calendar.

Watch the Team Calendar for updates!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REGISTRATION PAGE.