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Lakewood hosts track and field camp

 

Andrew Hines

Lakewood's young campers sprint down the track during the 100-meters at Lakewood High School on July 12.

The Lakewood track program continued their partnership with Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department with the Ultimate Sports Track and Field Camp which was held July 9-12 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Marysville track camp has worked alongside the Cougars' program for the last decade and continues to grow bigger and better every summer. All young athletes are welcome as long as they are between the ages of 7-14.

With a total cost of $95, each camper is taught a wide range of events that they are able to practice and perfect over the four days. The money raised goes to putting on more camps for the kids as well as helping Lakewood support their young athletes.

"I have two parts that I love about this camp. The first is seeing all of the smiles on the campers' faces everyday as they learn and have fun. And the second part is watching our high school athletes be able to grow through coaching rather than just practicing themselves," said Lakewood Head Coach Jeff Sowards.

Andrew Hines

Jonathan Sahatdjian gets up high as he clears the practice hurdle at Lakewood High School on July 12

The young campers are coached by the Lakewood staff, as well as student athletes, in proper technique and form in order for long-term success. The number of student-coaches separates this camp as each athlete is given an incredible amount of instruction and one-on-one coaching. Alongside the instruction in each event the focus of the coaches is to make every day a fun experience on the track.

"Seeing all of these student coaches come out and help is truly incredible. It's great to see them learn alongside the kids in events that they haven't done before. The amount of growth, on both ends, over the four days is tremendous," said Coach Sowards.

If you want more information about summer camps you can call the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation office at 360-363-8400 or check them out online at https://marysvillewa.gov/147/Parks-Culture-Recreation.

 

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