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The WRCC at the Nike NW Track and Field Clinic!
January 11th and 12th, 2019
We are excited to announce the the WRCC will hold a session at the Nike NW Track and Field Clinic on January 11th and 12th, 2019 at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton Oregon. Our session will be on Saturday, January 12th from 10:30 to 11:50.
Here is the list of our exciting group of panelist! Helene Hutchinson, long time runner and senior Nike Executive, will be the moderator.
Christi Smith-Ryan has recently accepted the Head Track and Field Coaching position for boys and girls at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon. She has coached at the college level as an assistant at Kent State University, Ohio University, and Iowa University. As an athlete in the Heptathalon, Christi was the 2000 NCAA Champion while at the University of Akron.
Kathy Mills Parker is a veteran distance coach of 14 years at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon in both Cross Country and Track. As a competitor, Kathy won the first New York State HS Girls Cross Championships, the AIAW 1977 National Cross Country Championships while at Penn State, and set a World Record on the track in 1978 in the 5K.
Christina Whitney is a hurdle coach extraordinaire. Christina coaches at Tualatin HS and is co-owner of the SGU Track Club. She has coached several state champions in the hurdles, as well as many top 8 state finishers. A personal trainer, and veteran track and field coach, Christina is one of the most highly respected women coaches in the state of Oregon.
Nikki Rafie is a two-time Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier, winner of the 1995 Portland Marathon, and has run 20 sub-three hour marathons in her 30 years of competing. In 2004 she began coaching in the Portland running community, and has helped 100's of women achieve their running goals.
Charlotte Lettis Richardson has been a middle and distance coach for over 45 years at the high school, college, and club levels. As Co-Head Coach at Lincoln High School in 2007, her boys and girls team won the 6A Oregon State Track and Field Championships. As an athlete in the 1970's, Charlotte ran at the national and international level, qualifying in the 1500 in the 1976 Olympic Trials.
Robyn McGillis is the Head Girls Cross Country Coach, Girls Distance Coach for Track, and Director of Track and Field Operations for Central Catholic HS in Portland, Oregon. As a competitor she ran at the University of California, San Diego, and was a national qualifier in the 800 and Mile Relay.
Melissa Hill has coached running teams at all levels. From youth teams and high school to post collegiate athletes and adults, Melissa Hill is a coach with extraordinary experience and knowledge. Her company, Runner2Runner has grown to 3 states and impacts thousands of runners each year.
These women coaches will talk about their coaching philosophies, share their experiences as women coaches, discuss topics ranging from "how to build a team" to "planning out your season through periodization". More information can be found at www.trackclinic.net
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