The Cowley College track and field coaching staff is conducting a vault clinic and speed development clinic for middle school- and high school-aged students at the Cowley Track and Field Complex, 230 Pierce St., just east of City Ball Park.

The speed development clinic is June 4-7.

The vault clinic is May 29-June 1.

In 33 years of coaching the pole vault, Mark Phillips has coached 54 NJCAA All-Americans, 10 national champions and two national record-holders including 2010 national indoor champion Katie Gillmore and 2008 national indoor champion David Starnes, and most recently 2018 national indoor champion Thais Lindemayer Gomes.

Phillips is USA Track & Field Level II certified in the jumps and has worked vault clinics at Kansas University, Wichita State and Johnson County Community College. As a vaulter and a coach, Phillips has been involved with the pole vault for more than 40 years.

The pole vault clinic is designed to help beginning, as well as experienced vaulters to learn to vault safely and correctly using technique drills and routines. Participants will be taught proper pole carry, run mechanics and plant timing, as well as take-off and bar clearance. There will be an emphasis on approach, plant and take-off. Pole selection and proper training will be discussed. Video analysis will be used to help participants learn.

Registration is $200 for non-overnight campers and $400 for overnight campers. Each participant who pre-registers will receive a T-shirt.

Registration is 2:30-3 p.m. May 29 at the complex. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Participants will meet from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day of the speed development clinic, which will help individuals in any sport get faster and stronger and will teach drills and routines to help athletes from all sports become more efficient in their running technique and faster in their running ability. Video analysis will be used.

Phillips has coached 74 NJCAA All-Americans in 33 years of coaching the sprints.

The cost of the clinic is $100. Preregistration will run until June 1. Participants may also register at the Cowley track and field equipment shed between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on June 4.

For more information or to register for the clinic, email Phillips at or call (620) 307-6703.

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