Special guest coaches from Whitworth University came all the way from Spokane to lead a track and field clinic at Quincy High School on Feb. 26.
About 110 coaches, parents and student athletes from 18 area schools, including fellow Central Washington Athletic Conference teams attended the clinic held in both gymnasiums and a classroom.
Coaches from Whitworth included Head Coach Toby Schwarz, Brandon Howell, Kolton Carlson and Chase Wright. Schwarz specializes in distance running, jumps and hurdles; Howell in long jump, triple jump and sprints; Carlson in strength, conditioning and throws; and Wright in javelin and throws.
The group of coaches gave details and insight in each track event, excluding pole vault. The clinic was divided into three sessions, each lasting about an hour.
The purpose of the clinic was to bring the experience and knowledge of collegiate coaches to local coaches and student athletes, as well as build excitement for the fast approaching track season, according to a press release for the event.
Quincy School Board President Chris Baumgartner, who also attended the event, saw the clinic as a win-win for the Whitworth coaches and the student athletes and high school coaches. Whitworth coaches get exposure for the program and university and the local coaches and student athletes learn from college level coaches. .
“It gives both our coaches and student athletes an opportunity to learn from collegiate coaches,” Baumgartner said.
Quincy girls track and field Head Coach Whitney Gregg’s main event is pole vault; however, her coaching duties require her to be knowledgeable in every event. It is therefore very valuable for her to receive all this knowledge from Whitworth coaches.
“Even if it’s something I already know about, it helps to just hear what the college coaches are doing and it always changes,” Gregg said. “(After) three hours, I have about five pages of notes in my phone.”
The Quincy Booster Club sponsored the event, according to the press release.