2023 OKCPS Middle School Track Clinic

Mar 30, 2023

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The Simon Greiner Track & Field Program (SGP) has been instrumental in growing the sports of cross-country and track & field in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Under the leadership of SGP Program Director Dr. David Crynes, OKCPS coaches and student-athletes now have access to the resources and equipment they need to build strong running programs and cultures.

Over the past two years, participation numbers and the level of competition have noticeably increased across the district. OKCPS high school athletes are among the fastest in the state, and the energy and excitement are trickling down to the middle school levels.

A Strong Start to the Track Season

On Tuesday, March 7th, 300 students from 10 OKCPS middle schools packed Star Spencer’s Twidwell Stadium for the 2023 OKCPS Middle School Track Clinic. Despite less-than-ideal weather, participation doubled from the year before, setting a promising tone for the 2023 season.

“The SGP Middle School Clinic helps launch the season for several of the OKCPS teams,” said Crynes. “The tremendous growth from last year’s event to this year was a result of several forces working together. Coaches and athletes from Oklahoma City University, U.S. Grant, Douglass, Classen SAS, Oklahoma Christian School, and Be Bold Running all contributed to the success of this year’s clinic.”

Faster & Farther Together

If investment from the Oklahoma City running community is any indication of the direction OKCPS running programs are heading, the future of cross-country and track & field has never been brighter. Or faster.

“We’ll see the fruits of our efforts in increased participation rates and competitiveness for years to come,” said Crynes.

The Simon Greiner Track & Field Program is managed by Fields & Futures and exists to provide OKCPS student-athletes with the equipment and resources necessary to participate in Cross Country and Track & Field, compete at a high level, and find their path in life.

To learn more about the Simon Greiner Track & Field Program, visit SimonGreiner.FieldsandFutures.org

Coaching Culture: Agents of Hope

Oklahoma City Public Schools has a storied history of producing some of the state’s best athletes and teams. But when resources dwindled and facilities suffered from decades of neglect, the district's once-thriving sports culture declined. Today, Fields & Futures and OKCPS are committed once again to fostering a coaching culture that attracts and retains agents of hope who want to impact lives on and off the field.

OKCPS Student-Athletes Honored by Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame recognized six OKCPS student-athletes for their remarkable athletic achievements and academic excellence during the 2023-2024 school year at the 40th annual All-Sports & Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony. Daryen Jefferson, James Allen, Chloe Threatt, Luisa Talavera, and Jailyn Ramirez were named Jim Thorpe High School Players of the Year for their respective sports, while Cameron Pearson received the Virgil Milliron Wrestling Scholarship Award.

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