Panthers Running Club
CLCF Track and Field
CLCF track and field is part of the non profit, volunteer organization known as Cranston's League for Cranston's Future (CLCF). CLCF promotes healthy wellness, sportsmanship, and activity in children. The program gives the youth in Cranston and its surrounding areas a chance to learn about the sport of track and field, make friends, and have fun.
There are two seasons for CLCF track and field. There is an outdoor season that has the CLCF Track running club and the CLCF Panthers Racing Team. The running club offers practice two nights a week for one hour. It also offers 5 meets on Saturday mornings that offer friendly competition. Ribbons are awarded to the top 6 finishers in each event. Varied events in running, jumping, and throwing are offered. The running club starts in April and ends in the beginning of June. The cost of the 2016 is $55 per person.
The Panthers Racing team also starts in April and runs until the end of July. There are four, 90 minute practices a week and special attention is spent on specific skills and events the athletes wish to compete in. The team runs in meets in RI, MA, NH, and NY. The racing team compete in the Junior Olympics and other USATF sanctioned meets. The cost for the 2016 season is $70 per person.
New this year-middle school and high school extended track seasons. This allows for middle and high school athletes who already run for their respective teams, to extend their track season. They can join CLCF upon the completion of their high/middle school season and continue to train and race in their specific events. These athletes can compete in the Junior Olympics, Needham Youth Classic, or any other USATF sanctioned meet. The cost for the 2016 is $50.
All outdoor track teams workout on the Cranston West Track on Metropolitan Ave.
The other season is the indoor season. There is only one team for this season. It is a blend of racing and rec, as each athlete decides how much competition they wish to compete in. They practice 3 times a week for 60-90 minutes at various indoor locations. The team competes in 3-4 USATF sanctioned meets in MA,RI, and NY. The season lasts from December until the middle of February. The cost is $75 per athletes as we are renting an indoor facility for each practice.
All teams are for ages 5-14, for any child interested in having fun with running.
Junior Olympics National Meet 2016
The week of July 25 to August 1, USATF held the National Junior Olympic Meet at California State University in Sacramento. CLCF was fortunate to have 7 athletes qualify and more fortunate that 3 of them could make the trek out to the West Coast to compete. Saniyya, Zach, Alex, and Nick qualified but did not compete. Zack, Rachel, and Lindsey did qualify and competed. Rachel competed in the 1500 meter race walk on the first day of competition. She competed hard against the best completing her event in in 12:19. Lindsey competed on the 4th day in the 80 meter hurdles and tied her PR in the race with a 14.55. Zack ran on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th day. He had a PR in the 200 meter hurdles with 28.56, ran a 16.68 in the 100 meter hurdles, and 56.78 in the 400 meters.
Congratulations to everyone who qualified and for those who competed. It is quite an honor and learning experience to go up against the best in the nation. Your coach and your team are proud of all of you.
About CLCF Track and Field.
Racing Team practices: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturdays.
Rec League Practice Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7 PM
End of Year Cookout
August 6 was a great day, as we held our End of Season Cookout. There was a banner ceremony to acknowledge the Panthers first ever win at the Needham Youth Classic. Plus the athletes entered to "We are the Champions" and a fog machine blowing green smoke. 6 athletes that are moving on to high school were acknowledged. Several runners who competed in USATF National Junior Olympic Meet were given gifts.
Oh Snap Photo had a photo booth there and kids and adults took pictures for hours. Once the ceremonies were completed, besides taking lots of pictures in the photo booth, games of basketball and dodge ball were played and a birthday was celebrated with candles and a donut cake. There was enough food to feed an army-burgers, hot dogs, pizza, salad, cookies, brownies, and more. It was a fun time for everyone involved. Indoor registration begins in October. See you soon.
Needham Youth Classic 2016
For the first time in team history, the CLCF Panthers have won the Needham Youth Classic. There were over 30 athletes who competed, helping compile over 1000 points at the meet! All of the runners competed in multiple events to help achieve the victory. Ben set a meet record in the long jump and Maia did the same thing in the turbo jav! Some other highlights are Zach and Aaron winning the 3000 meter race for their age group, Lindsey winning the 80 hurdles for her age group, Alex and Matt winning high jump, Maia winning shot put and many more!! It was a total team effort and should be savored by the coaches and the athletes alike. CLCF was able to defeat the very talented Novas who had won the previous year's meet and Metropolis who had won the Northeast Indoor Classic this year. Results
This season the Racing Team has started a new tradition of naming practice heroes at the end of each practice. Two athletes are named prior to the team's cool down and stretch. A practice hero is not only acknowledged in front of the team but is allowed to wear a super hero cape for the rest of practice until a new hero is announced at the following practice. It creates some friendly rivalry and adds more fun to practice.