Campbell County hosts youth track program for fourth year

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By The Staff

In 2006, LaFollette Middle School track coach Billie Ann Evans and Jacksboro Middle School track coach Ann Browning became site directors for the Knoxville Track Club (KTC) Youth Athletic Summer Track Program in Campbell County.

The workouts were located at the Campbell County High School Track. For that inaugural year a dozen young athletes participated.

In 2009, Evans and Browning are serving as site directors for the fourth straight year at the Campbell County KTC Youth Athletic Summer Track Program and much has changed.

Although the workouts are still located at the CCHS track, Evans and Browning are both coaches at the high school and understand that strong middle school programs are critical for their future success. The program has grown from the original 12 to 51 in this year’s crop.

The workouts are conducted each Tuesday and Thursday at the CCHS track with Saturday meets at the Tom Black Track at the University of Tennessee.

The design lends itself to introducing young people to track and discovering how fun it is. A highlight of this year’s program and a yardstick of the Campbell County program growth is when the KTC pole vault coach came to Campbell County and demonstrated and provided instruction on pole vaulting.

Many Campbell County High School track athletes also assisted with instruction on various other events such as high jump, shot put, hurdles and distance training.

The skill level of the Campbell County athletes has developed as well. This year, two of the local athletes — Tyler Green and Camille Reynolds — made the Knoxville Track Club Competitive Track Team that competes in regional and national competitions.

The KTC Summer Track Program has allowed Evans and Browning to be a part of the youth that may one day participate in the middle school and high school programs.

Evans and Browning both feel privileged to work with the young people in this community and hope they can instill a love for running.