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Simon Greiner Program Middle School Track & Field Clinic

Mar 30, 2022

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Over the past year, the Simon Greiner Track & Field Program (SGP) has taken huge strides toward strengthening the running culture in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Under the leadership of Dr. David Crynes, there is a newfound sense of excitement and energy amongst middle schoolers and high schoolers alike to join their school’s cross country and track & field teams.

That enthusiasm has never been more palpable than it was on a brisk Monday evening in early March when SGP packed more than 150 student-athletes from nine OKCPS middle schools into Douglas High School’s Moses F. Miller Stadium for a middle school track & field clinic.

With coaching assistance from Be Bold. Running and Oklahoma Christian School, student-athletes cycled through participatory stations to receive live instruction on sprints, hurdles, long jump, shot put & discus, distance running, and dynamic warm-up & stretching.

To close out the fun-filled evening, Frezer Legesse—an OKCPS alum, OU All-American, former professional runner, and 2022 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Coach of the Year—addressed the students at midfield under a fiery sunset.

As a former OKCPS student whose legs have taken him from Roosevelt Middle School and U.S. Grant High School all the way to a national championship at Oklahoma City University, Legesse is a powerful, real-life example of what OKCPS kids can accomplish if they get their heart, mind, and life on the right track.

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

OCU Stars Mile Night ft. The Simon Greiner Elite Mile

The inaugural OCU Stars Mile Night got off to a perfect start with more than 150 runners from OKCPS and around the state participating in 12 heats. The night was anchored by the Simon Greiner Elite Mile men's and women's races with OCU's Shimales Abebe clocking a 4:07, the fastest time in Oklahoma this year.

April Is Running Month in OKC

With a full slate of running events stacked up throughout the past month, April could be called Running Month here in OKC. And thanks to the Simon Greiner Track & Field Program, we left our footprints all over it!

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