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The Chicago Marist Track and Field Team is working towards success at the State and National level. If you want to be a part of it, fill out the information below and email it to Coach Jon Gordon at Gordon.Jon@Marist.net, and come join us at our next practice. Name: Height: Weight: Street Address, Apt. #: City, State, Zip Code: Home Phone #: Email Address: Year in School (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th): List any events you are interested in: (i.e., 100m Dash, 200m Dash, 300m Hurdles, 400m Dash, 800m Run, 1600m Run, 3200m Run, 4x800m Relay, 4x400m Relay, 4x100m Relay, Shot Put, Discus, 110m Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and High Jump) If you competed in a Fall and/or Winter Sport, List Sports: Uniform Size (S,M,L,XL): Warm-Up Size (S,M,L,XL):
The GREATER the player's aerobic power the QUICKER he can recover from the high-intensity bursts. Basketball requires constant speed burts up and down the court. Track and field develops an athlete's aerobic system better than any Sport. In addition, the Northside College Prep Track and Field Team is in the Weight Room Five days a week, and has an intense training program for Long Jump, Triple Jump, and High Jump that is guarented to improve your Vertical leap for Basketball season. Northside Alumni legend Eric Nelson went from high jumping 5'8 as a Freshman, to a personal record of 6'6 by his Junior year through Track & Field training. Track & Field training is the best way to improve your Vertical leap. Marty Liquori, who was ranked no. 1 in the world twice in the Mile, and ran a 3:59.8 Mile in High School, and was named Track and Field Athlete of the century, is alway struck by one fact about his career: It almost never began. "It's hard to believe," Liquori said. "I never would have run if I didn't think it would help me make the basketball team. It's funny how things work out." In Spring 2001, Coach Gordon had an athlete join the Track Team his Senior year of High School, with no experience, but was a Great Basketball player. After a couple months of training, Robert Weaver qualified for the State Championships in High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and the 4x400 Relay, and went on to compete for NCAA Division I Samford in Track and Field. In Fall 2001, Coach Gordon had a Center on the Varsity Basketball Team, Michael James, who could run no further then to his mail box when he first started, join the Cross Country Team for conditioning purposes, and he ended his High School career at the State Meet, and earned a $5,000.00 Scholarship to Harvard from Gatorade as National Cross Country athlete of the year. He also had the best basketball season of his high school career after developing his aerobic system and strength through Cross Country. The benefits of Cross Country and Track for Basketball players are second to none.
During a soccer game, a player changes activity every 5-6 secs, and on average sprints for 15-20 meters every 90 seconds. In an average game, a Soccer player runs as many as 6 miles. The aerobic system is extremely important for soccer. Along with the fact that players can cover 4-6 miles in a game, with heart rate averaging at 157 bpm. This is the equivalent of operating at 75 per cent of your VO2max for 90 minutes, showing that aerobic contributions are significant. This is also confirmed by the fact that various studies have shown soccer players to have VO2max scores of 55-65 ml/kg/min. These VO2max scores represent moderately high aerobic power. There is a high correlation between a player's VO2max and the distance covered in a game. This was supported recently by a European study that showed that VO2max correlated highly with the number of sprints attempted in a game. These two findings show that a high level of aerobic fitness is very beneficial to a Soccer player. The GREATER the player's aerobic power the QUICKER he can recover from the high-intensity bursts. These short bursts are fuelled by the ATP-PC and anaerobic glycolysis systems. Then, during rest periods, a large blood flow is required to replace the used-up phosphate and oxygen stores in the muscles and to help remove any lactate and hydrogen ion by-products. The quicker this is achieved, the sooner a player can repeat the high-intensity sprints, and thus cover more distance and be able to attempt more sprints. So the aerobic system is crucial for fuelling the low to moderate activities during the game, and as a means of recovery between high-intensity bursts. The best sport in the world for developing an athlete's aerobic system is Track and Field. Coach Gordon has coached many athletes that competed in Soccer in the Fall and Track in the Spring. EVERY athlete had more endurance and strength, after Track season, and became a much better soccer player than their teammates because they ran Track in the spring. Several of the athletes also went on to compete in both Soccer and Track at the collegiate level.
The Athletic Department has ordered NEW uniforms for the Track and Field Team. The 2006 Mustangs will have new Track and Field uniforms that feature a "Winged Track and Field foot" on the jersey, along with the words "Northside Mustangs" in our school color, Maroon. The uniforms will be made with Cobblestones run-dri technology, which takes moisture out of the equation and allows maximum performance no matter what the environmental conditions (Indoors or Outdoors). This is accomplished by a unique finishing technology combined with the right fiber selection. Please note, Cross Country athletes who have not turned in their uniform from Cross Country season, will not be issued a new Track and Field uniform until it is turned in.