2017 Track & Field Season

The Central Florida Gliders Track & Field program is open to boys and girls age division 9 and older.  Our spring/summer competition program has just finished and the fall conditioning practice  starts on September 5th 6pm at Sanlando Park. The conditioning program focuses on sprint, jumps and throws training as well as agility, flexibility, and endurance to prepare athletes for the 2018 Indoor and Outdoor Track seasons.

Our fall conditioning season starts with an information/registration meeting and first practice at Sanlando Park, Tuesday, September 5th at 6pm.   The club also offers an elite private training program for  hurdlers/sprinter athletes competing in the high school, the open and masters age divisions.

Practices will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Sanlando Park and later at the Lake Brantley track in Altamonte Springs from 6:00-7:30.  To join the Gliders, simply fill out the online registration form and pay online or by check at the next scheduled practice.  You can contact us at info@cfgliders.com. 
Central Florida Gliders Track Club
PO Box 161965
Altamonte Springs, FL  32714

2017 Track Season Recap
Conditioning for track this year started in the fall and continued through March. In January several Gliders competed in an Alabama indoor meet and then in March the club began to compete in local meets through May. At the end of April, the Gliders celebrated its 25thAnnual Spring Track Classic, which was attended by over 800 athletes throughout Florida; several records were broken; and there were special custom medals and prizes. Also in May, several high school Gliders competed in the regional and state championships.

In June, the Gliders competed at Northwest Express meet in south Florida and the AAU qualifiers where the club qualified 25 athletes for the national championships in Ypsilanti, MI, near Detroit. Also in June a Glider competed in the New Balance Outdoor Championships, earning a first gold place medal in the race-walk. Later in June that same atthlete won the USA Jr Nationals and represented the US at the Pan-Am Games in Peru. At the USA National Championships, a Glider alumni placed in the top 3 and was chosen for the USA team to compete at the World Championships in London where he placed 13th in the triple jump, just missing the finals. In the second week of July at the AAU Club Nationals at Disney, the Gliders won several medals, including a national championship in the high jump; and some additional athletes qualified for the AAU Nationals.

At the AAU National Championships in August, the Gliders won four (4) individual medals and most of our athletes attained personal records. While in Detroit, the Gliders had a picnic at Belle Isle Park and toured downtown and the riverfront. Later in the month, the Gliders concluded the season with the annual season-end party where athletes, parents and coaches were recognized.

Many thanks to the Track Shack, Chic-Fil-A, Community Health Centers, Duke Energy, Help Kids Play Sports, Lake Brantley High School, Sanlando Park and our other sponsors, supporters and individuals who made this track season possible by advertising in our track meet program and donating to our GoFundMe account.

Central Florida Gliders Track Club
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 NEWS RELEASE  August 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Central Florida Gliders Compete in AAU National Track and Field Championships in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

 Altamonte Springs, FL –  Central Florida Gliders athletes traveled to the AAU Junior Olympics, held July 29– August 5 at the Eastern Michigan University near Detroit, Michigan.

At the recent AAU Junior Olympic Games for Track and Field, with a participation of 15 athletes, several Gliders were on the awards podium winning four (4) individual medals: Roderick Horton in the in the 13 year boys high jump with a 2nd place silver medal and personal best of 5’7”; Antonio Parker in the high jump with a 6th finish in the 12 year old boys division; Johnny Hollie Jr. in the high jump with a 4th place finish in the 17-18 boys division and Jolynn Rodriguez who placed 8th in the 3000 meter run in the 11 year old girls division.

Also competing for the Gliders girls’ team at Ypsilanti were Alexa Bender in long and the high jumps, Gianna Ojeda in the turbo-javelin, Abigail Cupo in the 3000m run and 1500m walk, Vianney Ojeda in the outdoor pentathlon, Alerie Parker and Jessica Nolte in the high jump. For the boys team Donovan Perry in the 100m and the 200m dashes, Corey Johnson in the 1500m and 3000m runs, Chimani Chery 400m and 800m, Reginald Horton javelin throw, Christian Burrell, 110m hurdles and the long jump. Antonio and Johnny also competed in the long jump.

According to Head Track Coach Tony Burgos, “This has been a very good season for us, with 15 athletes qualifying for nationals and with great representation and outstanding performances where everyone was able to set new personal records.  We congratulate all Central Florida Gliders athletes and parents as this year has proved that hard work pays off. Thanks to our coaching staff: Coach Craig Wise, Coach Winston Hobson, Coach Kim Bender, Team Manager and Coach Ryan King for all the time they have put in to work with all our kids. Kudos also to our parents for all the support, especially Ms. Marie Parker and Ms. Sharron Horton. Now we’re looking forward to the fall cross country season as well as the indoor track season!”

The national meets are the culmination of the Central Florida Gliders 2017 track and field season, which includes many local and regional competitions. The Glider organization trains in the Altamonte Springs area and many thanks go to our sponsors and supporters for making this season possible.

The Central Florida Gliders Track Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth running club servicing the Central Florida area for more than 27 years. The club has produced numerous individual and team national champions while promoting active, healthy lifestyles and community service.  More information about the Gliders’ history, accomplishments, events, and community outreach programs can be found at www.cfgliders.com Contact info@cfgliders.com