***Please note that with track construction underway during the summer we will only be hosting a Middle Distance / Long Distance / Cross Country portion of the training camp. Sprints, Hurdles and Jumps will be back in 2018!***


“It was a great experience to talk and run with an Olympic level athlete, and hear personal accounts of experiences from college athletes and coaches. My roommates were amazing (we continue to text message/email almost every day) and I appreciate the family spirit that UCSB promotes…I found it very easy to form close relationships with many other people at camp, such as sprinters and throwers as well as distance runners. Thank you for two of the most memorable running weeks in my HS career”
Kelly, 2x Camper

Sprints, Hurdles & Jumps

While at camp the sprinters and hurdlers will be equipped with knowledge of proper acceleration mechanics, running/hurdling form, strength and conditioning for enhanced speed and power, and the psychological aspects involved in sprinting and hurdling. Workouts will consist of a mix of speed drills, tempo training, hill training for power development, and conditioning runs on the beaches next to campus, while expert sessions will also take a closer look at strength training technique. A variety of methods of analysis will provide each athlete the ability to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses, while being equipped with skills to improve or enhance both. Time will also be made for those looking to refine their long and triple jump technique or for those wanting to try it for the first time.

While student-athletes interested in the jumps will still take part in many of the sprints & hurdles trainng sessions we will also be specifically allocating time (and coaches/counselors) to focus on everything from your runway speed, approach and power, so you can leap over your competition.

Travis Anderson ~ Sprints & Hurdles / Jumps Head Camp Coach

Travis Anderson enters his fourth season as an Assistant Coach with the Gauchos. Responsible for the sprints, hurdles, pole vault and horizontal jumps, Anderson’s athletes created resurgence in the sprinting events at UCSB during the 2013 season.

2013 was anything but ordinary for the Gaucho sprint squad. 5 school records, 5 Big West Event Titles, 11 NCAA Regional Qualifiers, one NCAA Championship Qualifier and one IAAF World Championships competitor.

Anderson’s athletes experienced rapid improvement under his guidance and after only one season he has established a common theme amongst his sprint/hurdles and jumps groups: Development.

Anderson’s athlete’s improvement in 2013

Athlete PR Entering 2013 2013 PR
Jennifer Carey **57.06 400m / 24.97 200m52.29 400m / 23.69 200m
Amanda Rodriguez*61.91 400mH / 56.77 400m58.39 400mH / 54.98 400m
Jordan Scott*47.54 400m 46.44 400m
Evan Walker10.87 100m 10.58 100m
Winton Nguyen48.87 400m47.85 400m
Sean Johnson14.55 110HH14.28 110 HH

* 2013 Big West Champion

Jennifer Carey led a talented Gaucho sprint squad by setting 4 new school records in the 200m, 400m, 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays. She won the 400m Big West Title in 52.29. She would go onto qualify for the NCAA Championships as well as represent Ireland in the World Championships.  Her 200m Big West runner up finish of 23.69 was also a new school record.  One of her most impressive moments came on the second leg of the women’s 4 x 400m relay in Austin, TX at the NCAA West Regional when she dropped a 51.5 split to help the Gaucho women reset the school record with a time of 3:38.86. Amanda Rodriguez would also go on to the NCAA West Regional after setting a new 400m hurdle record in 58.32 while claiming her first Big West title. Rodriguez would set a new personal best in the open 400m at 54.98, cutting almost 2 seconds off her previous PR.
(More on Coach Anderson)

Camp Philosophy

The week long Training Camp experience is scheduled to give you a greater love and understanding of the sport. We’ll help you leave the training camp with tangible knowledge to help meet short and long-term goals through individual and/or team goal setting sessions as well as learning what it takes to run competitively at the collegiate level. The camp will also focus on building leadership skills on and off the track. An intensive, but incredibly fun training camp makes this the can’t miss summer experience.

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