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)

University Farm

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.



 Camper Fees   


                                                 Resident Camper                      $375

                                                 Commuter Camper                   $300


     Team discount prices are available. 

    Please contact us at 309-438-3633 or email 


To reserve a spot for you at camp, mail in your registration plus a $100 deposit prior to June 30th

Your camp fee balance will be due at camp check-in on Sunday, July 15th.   

Payment will need to be by check, cash or money order.     


Partial payments cannot be made online.         


Mailing address:  ISU Track/Distance Camps 

            Campus Box 7130

                   Normal IL 61790-7130 




 Housing will be provided in one of the Illinois State residence halls with two

campers per room.  Roommate preference must be filled in on the registration form.  

Residence halls are all air-conditioned.







A full-time trainer will be on site at all times throughout the duration of the camp. 

PLEASE NOTE:  All campers must complete the "Parent Authorization"

                   form before participating in any camp activities. 

Forms must be returned at camp check-in on Sunday, July 15th.



   What to Bring   


  Running outfit for each workout session 


Training flats and spikes  


  Toiletries and towels  


  Pillow, blanket and swim suit  


  Bed linens or sleeping bag  


*Pole Vaulters need to bring their own poles



Typical Day at Camp


Time                    Activity

        7:30 - 8:30am


        9:00 - 9:15am

Camp Assembly

        9:30 - 12pm

Event Instruction/Participation

        12 - 1:30pm


         1:30 - 3pm

Lecture/Free Time

         3:30 - 6pm

Event Instruction/Participation

          6:00 - 7pm

Dinner/Free Time


Games/Group Activities



Important Dates


SUNDAY, JULY 1 // Late Registration, fee increases by $35


SUNDAY, JULY 15 // 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Camp Check-in. 

Location will be email the week before camp.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 // 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Camp Check-out




Important Information


High School must be included in registration information. 


please select "HOME SCHOOL-Home City-NA" 

from the list of High Schools.



Date Description Info
2018 Illinois State Distance Running Camp
($315.00 - $430.50)
2018 Illinois State Track & Field Camp
($315.00 - $430.50)

Jeff Bovee, Camp Director
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. 



Jon-Michael Brandt
Assistant Coach - Distance


   Jon-Michael Brandt enters his first year as the assistant distance coach of the Illinois State

   University Track and Field Program. Brandt joins the Redbird staff after spending the last three

   years as a volunteer assistant coach at Iowa, where he previously excelled as a student-athlete

   as well.  


  Brandt brings three years of Division I coaching experience with him to Illinois State.  While  his three years were all spent at Iowa, Brandt was exposed to a wide range of experiences and

coaching styles, having learned under three different distance coaches. This, combined with his experience in Division I as both a coach and a student-athlete, made Brandt the perfect fit.


Brandt is a USA Track and Field Level I certified coach. During his coaching career at Iowa, he assisted in mentoring top talent, including Kevin Lewis, who was a 2015 indoor national qualifier and Second-Team All-American, along with three NCAA Outdoor Championship qualifiers. Brandt also helped guide his athletes to seven indoor and seven outdoor top-10 marks on the Iowa record boards as well as three school records.


Before joining the Hawkeye staff, Brandt was an integral member of the Iowa Track and Field and Cross Country program as a student-athlete. A six-time letter winner for the Hawkeyes, Brandt competed in the cross country circuit and in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs on the track. In 2012, he was named the team’s Most Outstanding Cross Country Runner before being a team captain for both programs in 2014 during his senior season.



Brenton Emanuel
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.

LaMar Garrett
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.


Shawn Williams
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.

Mary Wood
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).