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YouthSportsParent's Track & Field Expert: Meredith Rainey Valmon

Meredith Rainey ValmonMeredith Rainey Valmon is a two-time Olympian in track & field. Her athletic career began when she was eight years old in Brooklyn, New York and spanned 24 years, ending in 2000. During that time she became a schoolgirl track and field champion, captain of her high school volleyball and basketball teams and an NCAA Champion. In 1989 when she won the NCAA Outdoor 800m Championship, she became the first woman in Ivy League history to win an individual NCAA Championship in any sport. In 1990 Meredith was selected as a recipient of the NCAA's prestigious Today's Top Six Award, given annually to the six most outstanding graduating student-athletes in the nation.

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Track & Field: Fun, Fast, and Fit!

Track & Field: a collection of sports events that involve running, throwing and jumping.


Track & Field is a great sport for children who like to run, jump and throw. If your child is not allowed to play contact sports (for medical reasons or safety reasons) track & field is a great way for them to still compete. Track and field has running events (sprints, distance events, hurdles, and relays) and field events (throwing events and jumping events).

Most high schools have track & field teams, and USA Track & Field (USATF) offers two-year age group divisions starting at age 10-and-under through 17-18, and a popular Junior Olympics program. Track and field is a great non-contact sport for children and offers them a way to get plenty of exercise, compete, and make friends!

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