Two-time Olympian Marquis Dendy, 2020 Olympian silver medalist Grant Holloway and 2014 Women’s Wanamaker Mile champion Mary Cain are a few of the headline instructors during The Armory Indoor Track & Field Camp for high school student-athletes on Saturday, March 26th. Photos of Dendy and Cain by John Nepolitan; Photo of Holloway by Kirby Lee
NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 18, 2022 – The Armory Foundation welcomes many of track & field’s premier performers and coaches to be instructors during The Armory Indoor Track & Field Camp. The one-day camp takes place on Saturday, March 26th at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center.
This truly interactive camp is a unique opportunity for high school student-athletes to meet and learn from experts from the world of track & field.
“We are so fortunate to be able to bring together current Olympians and elite athletes along with top coaches to provide hands-on, discipline-specific coaching to high school athletes who plan to compete in college and perhaps beyond,” said Jonathan Schindel, Armory Foundation Co-President.
Camp’s confirmed instructors include:
- Grant Holloway, the 2020 Olympic silver medalist and World Championships gold medalist in the 110 Hurdles and current world record holder in the 60m Hurdles and winner of the Bowerman Award along with 8 NCAA titles while at the University of Florida;
- Marquis Dendy, a two-time Olympian and a gold and bronze medalist in the World Championships in the long jump, winner of The Bowerman Award in 2015 while at the University of Florida and owner of the Delaware state high school records in both the long jump and triple jump;
- Mary Cain, the legendary runner from Bronxville who became the youngest female athlete to make a World Championships team, won the famed 2014 Women’s Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games and captured titles in the U.S Indoor 1500m and World Junior 3000m;
- Tynita Butts-Townsend, a 2020 Olympian in the high jump and silver medalist in the USATF Indoor Championships and bronze medalist in the USATF Outdoor Championships;
- Roderick Townsend-Roberts, a world-record holder and gold medalist in the high jump in the 2020 para-Olympics in Tokyo, where he also took home a silver medal in the long jump and competed in the 100m;
- Eric Favors, the former North Rockland High School football and track & field star is Ireland’s current indoor record-holder in the shot put with a personal best of 19.93 meters (more than 65 feet) and qualified for the NCAA Championships while at the University of South Carolina;
- Dominic Zanot, the heralded track & field high school coach in Westchester County since 2015 who has led teams to multiple league, county and sectional championships and through his professional training organization, Athletics Westchester, has coached athletes who qualified to wear the Team USA and Team Italy uniforms at international competitions including the World and Junior World championships;
- Tim St. Lawrence, the personable director of the acclaimed Hudson Valley Flying Circus who has coached 10 pole vaulters to jump more than 16 feet, including a former New York state record holder;
- Stephanie Duffy, considered one of the greatest high school pole vaulters in New York state history en route to three state titles and achieving All-American status at Washingtonville High School and Big East Champion for the University of South Florida;
- Bart Sessa, the highly successful cross country coach at Syosset who led his boys program to 10 consecutive Section 8 cross country championships and guided his 2005 squad to an indoor national record in the 4×800;
- Dawn Bowles-Fitch, the outstanding girls track & field head coach at Neptune High School in New Jersey and coach of 2016 and 2020 Olympian and American-record holder Ajee’ Wilson. Bowls-Fitch finished 6th in the 1993 World Championships in the 100m.
“I am really looking forward to meeting all the athletes at the Armory Indoor Track and Field Camp,” Mary Cain said. “Experiences like this, or when elite athletes and the next generation have the opportunity to come together, are always inspirational. We will all learn from one another and remember how incredible it is that sports can bring us all together.”
Said Grant Holloway: “I am very excited to be pouring into the next generation. While at this camp, I would like to teach the young adults that consistency and discipline will allow them to meet all goals going forward in their life. Practice makes permanent, not perfect.”
The camp is split into two sessions: morning and afternoon. Participants can sign up for one session, or both. This double-session option allows them to register for more than one specialty (i.e., hurdles and throws) and work with multiple coaches if desired.
This semi-annual event takes place at the historic Armory in New York City, home to the New Balance Track & Field Center and home to “the fastest track in the world”, the Millrose Games and the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
The agenda for morning session will be: 7:00-8:00 a.m.: Check-in and day of registration; 8:00-8:20 a.m.: Welcome and staff, athletes and coaches introductions; 8:20-8:30 a.m.: Split into groups and warm-up; 8:30-11:30am: Discipline specific group work; 11:30-11:40 a.m.: Recap of session; 11:40am-12:15 p.m.: Q&A with pro athletes and coaches.
The afternoon session consists of: 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Check-in and day of registration; 1:30-1:50 p.m.: Welcome and staff, athletes and coaches introductions; 1:50-2:00 p.m.: Split into groups and warm-up; 2:00-5:00 p.m.: Discipline specific group work; 5:00-5:10 p.m.: Recap of session; 5:10-5:45 p.m.: Q&A with pro athletes and coaches.
Regular registration pricing for the Armory Track & Field Camp is now in effect through March 10. Late registration pricing begins March 11 through the day of the camp.