Track season coming soon

Middle schoolers can get a head start

Hood River and Wy’east middle school track and field is gearing up for the start of the spring season. For athletes not yet registered, it can be done online at or at the Community Education office at 1009 Eugene St.

The season kicks off with four preseason workouts focused on fitness and strength training; they’ll run from 3-4:30 p.m. March 4 and 11 at Wy’east and March 6 and 13 at HRMS. Athletes from both schools are welcome at all four sessions. Additionally, to get a jumpstart on the season seventh and eighth graders are invited to attend the upcoming Learn by Doing track and field clinic March 8 (see details in seperate story below), hosted by Hood River Valley High School. To register for that, contact Shawnee Emmons at

For parents and volunteers, HRVHS coach Donnie Herneisen is hosting an intro to coaching work session March 15. Contact Herniesen for details at

The middle schools season officially begins March 31 for Wy’east and April 1 for HRMS, with the first meet of the season set for April 10 at HRVHS.

Learn By Doing clinic is March 8

Hood River Valley High School track and field is gearing up for its widely popular Learn by Doing track and field clinic on March 8, and with 2011 World Champion high jumper Jesse Williams and one of America’s top marathon runners, Ryan Vail, among the many high-caliber coaches who will be there to work with athletes, this year’s clinic promises to live up to the reputation it has generated over the last 30-plus years.

Last year’s event, open to Oregon and Washington high school students and coaches, drew about 400 participants to the HRVHS campus for a day of, as the clinic is aptly named, learning by doing. The event starts in a classroom setting for the “learning” part of the day, followed by the hands-on portion where athletes can work side-by-side with many of the Northwest’s best coaches.

This marks the 34th annual clinic (although not always held at HRVHS), founded in 1980 by Rich Hedges. The fee of $25 includes lunch. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. For more details or to register online, visit Day-of registration will run from 8-9 a.m. March 8, with the clinic starting immediately after.

Athletes from Hood River and Wy’east middle schools are invited to attend the clinic alongside their high school counterparts.

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