SMAC Youth Track League 2014
SPONSORED BY THE SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN ATHLETIC CLUB, NORTHAMPTON RECREATION, EASTHAMPTON PARKS AND RECREATION
For: Youth entering Grades 2-9 as of September 2014
Fee: $45/person, $75 families of two, $90 families of three or more, ($5 late fee after 5/10)
Dates: First night for Team Assignments & Orientation: Tuesday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Arrive on the first night to group teams, meet coaches and run an informal series of practice races.
Meet Schedule: May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27 (27th is awards night)
Time: Meets run from 5:15-8:15 p.m.
Make-up days: June 10, 17, 24
Location: Meets are held at Northampton High School, 380 Elm St., Northampton.
Parking is next to the school or behind the stadium with entrances off of Milton Street.
The Food Booth will be open Friday nights only at the stadium and staffed by the NHS Track team.
- Buy food & drinks at the meet or bring a picnic dinner.
Please note: No team request will be honored this season. Participants will be randomly assigned to teams to better assure team parity. We will attempt to honor requests of up to 2 friends and or family members to be on the same team. Since all teams are present at each event, family members can easily be on different teams.
• There will be six teams. Boys and girls of all abilities will be placed on a team and can compete in both relay and individual events. Non-team member children 2-14 yrs. can enter an open 100m dash each night.
• All kids from all towns are welcome. Team T-shirts and water for all participants.
• Medals and sport gifts are given at the end of the series.
For weather cancellations, call 587-1044 or check the Northampton Recreation Department’s website, under cancellations, www.northamptonma.gov/recreation
Coaches: Questions? Email us.
- Sydney Henthorn– Coordinator, USATF Level 1 Coach email@example.com
- Alison Burnham- USATF, 7th year firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mackenzie Gray- USATF Level 1 Coach, 4th year Mmg1214@hotmail.com
- Laura Fusari- USATF, 3rd year email@example.com
- Corinne Bonder- UMass Sophomore and track athlete. firstname.lastname@example.org
See you at the track!
Youth Track Mission: To foster the development of youth through participation in track and field training to develop athletic strength, sportsmanship, and a passion for lifelong fitness.
In order to help us achieve this mission we the coaches ask for your support in helping your child meet the following expectations:
– Come to practice with a willingness to participate and put forth your best effort.
– Be sure that you have had a snack before practice.
– Bring water and stay well hydrated.
– Wear comfortable athletic clothing and proper footwear.
– Be kind and respectful of your teammates.
– Encourage everyone’s effort.
– Listen to your coaches.
– Wear your name badges.
– HAVE FUN !!!!!
Get to know your coaches:
Coach Mackenzie Gray started his coaching career volunteering at Holyoke High School as assistant coach for 5 seasons of XC, indoor and outdoor track. He now serves as a head coach for the Minnecheug Regional Girls’ XC, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Teams.
Coach Mackenzie is a 2007 graduate of Holyoke High School. During his years at Holyoke, he ran cross country, indoor, and outdoor track for the Purple Knights. Since then, he has competed in cross country at the D-III junior college level while earning a degree at Holyoke Community College in Health Fitness and Nutrition. In May of 2011 Coach received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Springfield College.
Coach Mackenzie’s personal accomplishments include 7 marathons, including the last four Boston Marathons with a PR of 3:18.28 Captain of the 2010 Mass Dash Relay Champions “The Dirty Dozen”, and hundreds of other races from the 5K to the marathon distance. As a coach Mac has guided the 2010 Div I 400M Champion, 2011 WMASS 600M Champion, 2011 Outdoor 800M Champion, and numerous other Western MA, State, New England and National qualifiers.
Coach Mackenzie brings a wealth of information from his love of running, experience as a high school, collegiate, and national level track & field official, as well as his study of Exercise Science at Springfield College.
Allison Burnham (Belanger)
Allison Burnham (Belanger) has been involved in coaching the SMAC Youth Program for 6 years. She is an avid runner whose love for the sport began while attending Frontier Regional High school. During her senior year she led the Red Hawks to a Western MASS Championship at Northfield Mt. Allison continued her running career at Roger Williams University leading the team to four CCC Championships. Allison was twice awarded the RWU Female Athlete of the year for her athletic achievements and dedication to the team. She graduated with Bachelors degree in Communications and Sociology with a core concentration in Italian Studies.
Since graduating college Allison has maintained her commitment to the sport by running the 111th Boston Marathon with a PR of 3:18.47. Allison has competed and placed at numerous local road races. In addition to running Allison rode a wave of success participating in triathlons. Allison met Coach Laura while standing on the podium receiving place awards.
She has also participated in events including the Mass Dash and was a key leg in the 2011 runner up team, “The Dirty Dozen.” Allison currently is employed by a vascular surgery medical device company where she maintains herself as one of the top 5 Sales Representatives.
Laura Fusari (Raybould)
Coach Laura Fusari (Raybould) was a high school athlete and started her athletic career as a competitive soccer player, playing for elite teams including the New Jersey ODP and the NJ semi professional team. Laura was also an indoor and outdoor track and field runner where she competed competitively in events ranging from the 400 to mile and field events. She was awarded the Heisman Award for her athletic and academic achievements.
While attending Amherst College and attaining her BA majoring in Psychology and Philosophy, she played 4 years of soccer, competing in the NCAA national championships before a series of knee surgeries that put her athletics on hold.
Since returning to running in 2007, Laura has competed in local road races and 5 marathons, while raising over $10,000 for Dana Farber and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Like Coach Allison, Laura has crossed over into the world of triathlon and has competed in numerous races ranging from Sprint to Iron Man Distances.
When not running, Laura is employed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in trauma work with children and families. She also carries certifications in Spinning and Yoga instruction and is a Level 1 USATF Licensed Coach.
Corinne Bonder began her running career at Sutton High School in central Massachusetts. During her high school years, she set school records in Cross Country and Track & Field distance events. Corinne successfully qualified for the MIAA State Cross Country championship tournament in 8th grade, when she was named Rookie of the year, and all subsequent high schools years. She was dedicated & respected captain of her cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field teams. In 2010, she was selected to the Telegram & Gazette All-Star Super team for Cross Country. Her most memorable track meet was at the 2011 Outdoor All State Championships where she made a 29 second PR in the 2 mile. During her six years running for the Sutton Sammies and Suzies, she was coached by Bill Gillin.
Corinne is currently attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. She is studying Accounting in the Isenberg School of Management and has goals of becoming a CPA. In 2013, Corinne was awarded the University of Massachusetts Student Athlete honor for maintaining a 4.0 GPA while participating in their Division I cross country and track & field programs.
Coach Sydney has been a member of SMAC since 2004 and has served as the youth track advisor on the board of directors since 2009. Sydney started running in 2003 when her daughter Emma Larson was 11 and has found many opportunities to volunteer at track & field events and local road races. Beginning in 2008, Sydney took over coordinating the winter practice program that was started by Dr. James Clayton. Working closely with the coaches, Sydney has grown the program from 40 to 100 participants. On Friday nights in June, she can be found at SYTL at Northampton HS working to help run our track league series. She became a certified track & field official in 2009 and has worked both high school and college meets, USATF Junior Olympics, and SMAC race events here in Western Massachusetts. She is a certified official with WMTFOA and USATF (Associate level).
When her daughter Emma left for college in the fall of 2011, Sydney decided that she wanted to keep working with young children in track & field training. Sydney has coached cross country at the high school level and now coaches middle school cross country at Amherst Regional Middle School. Sydney is a certified USATF Level 1 coach (July 2012) and also has track and field technical coaching from Track & Field Academy (September 2012) through the U.S.Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This past season Sydney successfully coached an 8th grade boy who finished 4th in the championship race and two 7th grade girls (13th an 24th) who finished under 12 minutes in the 7th grade race at the MA Middle School XC Invitational. Her favorite distance is 10k and is still working to improve her race times. Sydney also enjoys skiing, hiking and biking. Sydney is a self-employed seamstress and works out of her studio in Easthampton making interior design products.