Camps will cover a variety of topics, including nutrition, training methodology, running mechanics, running tactics, team building, technical fundamentals as well as the psychology aspects of training, mental training, strength training and injury prevention. Campers will also receive instruction and training recommendations from Illinois State’s leading exercise physiologist, Dr. Dale Brown and ISU Athletics’ sports nutritionist, Chris Carter. The Track & Field camp includes Sprints, Throws, Pole Vault and Jumps event groups. The Distance Running camp will conclude with a three-mile race at Maxwell Park (site of the IESA Cross Country Championships.
The camps will utilize a wide array of facilities including:
Redbird Track and Field Complex
ISU Cross Country Course at the Weibring Golf Club (home of the annual Illinois Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships and the 2012 MVC Cross Country Championships)
Maxwell Park (home of the IESA State Cross Country Meet)
Lake Evergreen Trails
The Constitution Trail
Instruction for both camps will be provided by ISU coaching staff, visiting high school & college coaches, as well as collegiate student-athletes.
Typical Day at Camp
7:30 - 8:30am
9:00 - 9:15am
9:30 - 12pm
12 - 1:30pm
1:30 - 3pm
3:30 - 6pm
6:00 - 7pm
REGISTERING AS AN INDIVIDUAL, REGISTER FOR ONE OF THESE CAMPS:
INDIVIDUAL - DEPOSIT ISU DISTANCE RUNNING CAMP
INDIVIDUAL - DEPOSIT ISU TRACK AND FIELD CAMP
REGISTERING AS A TEAM, REGISTER FOR ONE OF THESE CAMPS (at least 4 individuals need to register under the same team):
*one 1 credit card needed to complete all registrations for your team
COMMUTER TEAM OF 4 OR MORE - DEPOSIT ISU DISTANCE RUNNING CAMP
COMMUTER TEAM OF 4 OR MORE - DEPOSIT ISU TRACK AND FIELD CAMP
RESIDENTIAL TEAM OF 4 OR MORE - DEPOSIT ISU DISTANCE RUNNING CAMP
RESIDENTIAL TEAM OF 4 OR MORE - DEPOSIT ISU TRACK AND FIELD CAMP
ALREADY PAID YOUR DEPOSIT AND LOOKING TO PAY YOUR REMAINING BALANCE? COMPLETE YOUR INFORMATION IN ONE OF THESE CAMPS:
INDIVIDUAL - REMAINING BALANCE ISU DISTANCE RUNNING CAMP
INDIVIDUAL - REMAINING BALANACE TRACK AND FIELD CAMP
*Remaining balances my be paid individually or one person can pay for entire team
COMMUTER TEAM OF 4 OR MORE - REMAINING BALANCE ISU DISTANCE RUNNING CAMP
COMMUTER TEAM OF 4 OR MORE - REMAINING BALANCE ISU TRACK AND FIELD CAMP
RESIDENTIAL TEAM OF 4 OR MORE - REMAINING BALANCE ISU DISTANCE RUNNING CAMP
RESIDENTIAL TEAM OF 4 OR MORE - REMAINING BALANCE ISU TRACK AND FIELD CAMP
Director of Track and Field /Head Coach Cross Country
Jeff Bovee enters his third year as the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country for Illinois State. Bovee brings tremendous pedigree into the director position, as he has combined 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, including eight years as the Redbird men’s and women’s head cross country coach.
In only his second year as director, Bovee guided the ISU women’s team to their first Missouri Valley Conference indoor title since 1997. He was named the 2016 MVC Coach of the Year and the 2016 USTFCCCA Midwest Coach of the Year. He led back-to-back MVC cross country titles both in 2011 and 2012, and. Bovee’s years of experience in the distance running realm, have proven he knows how to push student-athletes to a high level.
Bovee has coached 121 All-Valley performances, including 34 Missouri Valley Conference Individual Champions. Led 36 student-athletes to the NCAA Track and Field Preliminary Round and 5 NCAA National Championship qualifiers. In the previous season (2015-16), Bovee guided Ryan Rutherford, who was the lone 2016 NCAA National qualifier in for the Redbirds in the 10,000-meter run. Rutherford also claimed his first MVC title in the 5,000-meter run during the indoor season and was the MVC Champion in the 10,000-meter run under Bovee’s guidance. He coached four members of the distance crew, Rutherford, Kelly McShea, Jackie Mink and J.D. LaFayette to the 2016 NCAA Track and Field NCAA West Preliminary Round. During the indoor season, Jackie Mink, Amanda McClain, Sarah Mussallem and Kelly McShea set a new school record in the distance medley relay under Bovee’s guidance.
Assistant Coach - Sprints, Hurdles, Relays
Brenton Emanuel enters his third year as an assistant track and field coach, specializing in sprints, relays, and hurdles at Illinois State. During his 2 years with the Redbirds, Emanuel has coached one NCAA National qualifier and three USATF Junior qualifiers, helped the Redbirds break the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relay school records. He has guided 11 MVC champions. Overall, Emanuel aided 46 All-MVC student-athletes. He has coached 22 NCAA First round qualifiers while at ISU.
Emanuel joined the ISU staff after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for one year at California University in Pennsylvania. Emanuel supervised and mentored the short sprinters and hurdlers, in addition to being the Vulcans main recruiting contact. While at CALU guided one young man to the World Junior Championships in the 200 meter dash.
Before joining the Vulcans’ staff, Emanuel spent five years as the assistant track and field coach and recruiting coordinator for Eastern Illinois, where he helped coach the Panthers to nine team championships. Emanuel guided All-American sprinter Zye Boey, 44 OVC individual champions, 55 All-Ohio Valley honorees and aided student-athletes to eight school records. He also served as meet manager for Eastern Illinois, in addition to managing Illinois State high school meets and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championships.
Assistant Coach - High Jump, Multi-Events
Garrett enters his fourth year as the assistant track and field coach at Illinois State specializing in the high jump and multi-events for the Redbirds. During the 2015-16 indoor season, Garrett guided Tessa Holland to ISU’s second-best performance in school history in the Pentathlon and the 6th best mark in school history in the high jump, along with All-Valley honors in the high jump as she placed third overall. Helped Francis Ehighbai secure All-Valley honors in the high jump along with helping Derek Wegman secure a top-8 finish at the conference meet. Also guided James Brandenburg to a 6th place finish in the heptathlon and a school top 10 mark of 4988.
During the outdoor season, Garrett helped Wegman to a 7th place finish in the high jump along with the 7th best mark in school history. Helped Brandenburg secure a 6th place finish in the decathlon, which also stands as the 5th best in school history. Guided Holland to the 8th best performance in school history in the heptathlon along with a 7th place finish at the MVC Outdoor Championships. Holland also qualified for the 2016 USA Junior Track and Field Championships. Guided Haley Becker to a 4th place finish in the high jump at the 2016 MVC Outdoor Championships. For the 2014-2015, Garrett guided Kevin Fisch to all conference honors in the MVC Indoor Championships with a third-place finish. Aided Haley Becker to her best outdoor season with her career-best high jump mark.
During the 2013-14 season, Garrett guided Jake DeJaegher to his best indoor performance of his career, along with coaching the long jumpers to four personal-best outdoor performances and helping freshman, Haley Becker, to a personal-best mark in the high jump. Garrett also guided Kevin Fisch to an All-Valley performance in the decathlon, which is the 4th best in the history of ISU. In total, Garrett coached student-athletes to 20 personal-best marks for the 2013-14 season.
Assistant Coach - Distance
Shaver is a Bloomington-Normal native and graduated from University High School. He has eight years of coaching experience at the Division III level, including two years as head coach and director of track and field at Millikin University. Shaver has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the cross country and track and field teams at Illinois State (2014), after spending the previous year as the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at Millikin University (2013-14). Prior to Millikin, Shaver was the head coach of the men's and women's cross country and track and field teams at Fontbonne University (2012-13). He was also the assistant coach at Aurora University (2011-12) and the University of Chicago (2006-10).
During Shaver's time at Millikin, he served as director of men's and women's cross country and field, and overseing all aspects of the programs. In 2013, Shaver coached a student-athlete that competed at the 2013 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships; the last time Millikin had an athlete compete in the championships was in 1982. In addition, Shaver had one athlete receive All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) First-Team honors, and one who received second-team accolades.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to join the Illinois State cross country and track and field staff," Shaver said. "I am thrilled to be a Redbird and look forward to working to execute Coach Bovee's vision alongside a very talented, hardworking group of coaches."
Assistant Coach - Throws
Williams enters his second year as an assistant track and field coach, specializing in throws at ISU. During his first year, Williams guided a first-team All-American, Jianna Williams, in the hammer throw. In addition, he coached three rgional qualifiers and four All-MVC.
Williams spent three years recruiting coordinator at Troy. As an assistant, Williams ran and oversaw training sessions, including the weights program, assisted in all field events and directed the recruiting efforts. He guided two student-athletes to the NCAA Championships, earning second-team All-American accolades. He has coached 11 NCAA regional qualifiers, eight Sun Belt all-conference members and recently guided a student-athlete to the Sun Belt hammer throw record.
In addition, Williams has coached student-athletes to five Troy school records, an individual Sun Belt conference championship and a conference Sports Women of the Year award. Throughout his time as an assistant coach, Williams signed 58 athletes to the Trojan squad, including the No. 4 high school girls’ discus thrower in the U.S., the No. 15 high school girls’ 300-meter hurdler and the No. 16 high school boys’ 110-meter high hurdler along with five NJCAA All-Americans.
Before joining the Trojans staff, Williams spent a semester as the assistant track & field coach at Bethune-Cookman, where he served as the coach of throws and pole vault. He coached two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) records in the pole vault, four MEAC individual champions and four school records in the pole vault. Prior to Bethune-Cookman, Williams spent one year as the assistant track & field coach at Georgia Southern. In that year, he notched five conference-scorers and one top-five all-time athlete.
Assistant Coach - Long Jump, Triple Jump and Pole Vault
Wood coaches the Redbirds’ men and women in the horizontal jumps and pole vault. Coach Wood is a USA Track and Field Level II certified coach in the jumping events. In her two seasons as a Redbird assistant, she has coached 5 Missouri Valley Conference Champions and 3 NCAA West Preliminary Round Qualifiers.
In 2016, Emily Clay broke the Illinois State University outdoor record in the pole vault with a personal best mark of 4.12m (13’6.25). During the Indoor Missouri Valley Championships, the senior won the indoor title with a jump of 4.01m (13’1.75) helping the Redbird Women’s Team to their first indoor team title since 1997. Clay won her second Missouri Valley title at the outdoor championships with a vault of 4.11m (13’5.75). Clay concluded her season at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Lawrence, KS where she finished 18th with a mark of 4.12m (13’6.25).
As a freshman, Amanda McClain secured both Indoor and Outdoor Missouri Valley Conference titles in the long jump. At the Indoor Missouri Valley Championships, McClain jumped a personal best of 5.99m (19’8) to clench her first individual title. During her outdoor campaign, McClain won the Virginia Challenge with a lifetime best of 6.16m (20’2.5). The outstanding freshman went on to win the Missouri Valley Outdoor Championship capturing her second title in the event with a leap of 6.08m (19’11.5). McClain qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the long jump where she finished 24th in the competition.
The notable performances of the 2015 season were led by Chase Pavelonis. The senior shattered the 28 year old indoor pole vault record with a vault of 5.28m (17’3.75). Pavelonis achieved this lifetime best mark at the 2015 Indoor Missouri Valley Championships earning his first championship title. Pavelonis followed up with another school record breaking performance in the outdoor season at the Redbird Invite with a jump of 5.21m (17’1). Pavelonis qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round for the first time in his career, finishing 16th in Austin, TX with a mark of 5.20m (17’0.75).