July 24 – 30, 2017
The 51st USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships will be held at Rock Chalk Park, the home of Kansas Track and Field, in Lawrence, Kansas. The USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field program is one of the most visible youth athletic development programs in the world. Many of today’s Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF's Junior Olympic meets.
Nearly 10,000 athletes are expected to travel to Lawrence for the 2017 Championships. Entry is based on athlete performances at Preliminary, Association and Regional levels of the 2017 USATF Junior Olympic Program. Competition takes place in six (6) two-year age groups with athletes generally falling between the ages of 7 and 18.
With a seating capacity of nearly 8,000 and a new state-of-the-art Beynon surface, Rock Chalk Park is one of five IAAF Class I Certified tracks in the United States, making Lawrence to be a premier host for this year’s Junior Olympic competition.
America’s next generation of track and field stars will compete throughout the summer and take center stage at the national championships in Lawrence. USATF and Association host, USATF Missouri Valley, hope you will join in the excitement!
2017 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships
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“When we talk sprinting—going fast on the bicycle, [I believe] doing long distance riding will actually make you quicker,” says Jamie Staff, a former cycling champion—he won Olympic gold for Great Britain in the team sprint in 2008—who switched to track cycling in his 30s after being named World BMX champion in 1996. “From my perspective, the fitter you are, the easier all the other stuff is and the quicker you recover. So, the fitter my guys are, every time they’re coming for track sessions, I think they’re recovering quicker off the end of [them] and they’re recovering post session, so for the next set, they’re coming in fresher as well.”