The West Valley Eagles Track and Field Club is a non-profit youth club dedicated to help no matter what their skill level to be physically fit, and to go after and achieve positive goals. Founded in 1971, the club has helped thousands of kids and is one of the most respected local youth sports programs.
The Eagles have turned out many world-class track and field athletes and Olympic medal winners, including Quincy Watts, Tyree Washington, Deena Drossin Kastor, Alison Felix, Joanna Hayes, and Marion Jones. They regularly have more athletes than any other conference team representing the Valley Conference All-Star Team (Valley United) at the USA Track and Field Age Group Nationals and Junior Olympics.
Boys and girls ages 5 to 15 can join the Eagles and will compete in one of five divisions. Registration starts at $165, discounted after each member of the family that participates. A volunteer deposit of $50 is included in this, which you can earn back simply by volunteering. Scholarships are also available.
Sign up for Track and Field is typically in January and February, while sign ups for Cross Country are generally in August. This year, Cross Country’s first practice is on Wednesday, August 1, 2007. Practices are usually held three nights a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, at Taft High School, Pierce College, and nearby facilities.
Qualifying athletes can go on to compete at regional and national meets. Conference track meets are every Saturday during the season. There are a total of six meets held in April and May.
Many of the Eagle’s highly skilled and enthusiastic coaches, all volunteers, have coached or competed at the national level. Mike Russell is the track and field head coach.