Terre Haute Coach Starting Track Club


Honey Creek Middle School head coach, Larry Hines, Jr. runs on competition.

Last year, he organized the first Sycamore Bee Sting Middle School Invitational at ISU’s Gibson Track Complex.

So, this year, he’s raised the bar and created the Sycamore Striders.

It’s a club for 8 to 18 year old boys and girls, who want to compete in track and field.
“From all jumps, throws, sprints, hurdles and the one I definitely love– the relays,” says Larry Hines, Jr., president of Sycamore Striders.

As a track coach, Hines is familiar with the athletic talent in the Terre Haute area.
“I’m a firm believer in taking a leap of faith.  So, this was just one of those things where this is something I had on my heart,” Hines explains.

This coach also says he had faith that even before he officially starts the club, young runners will come– like 16-year old Ethan Roach, who is currently the USA Track and Field Junior State Champion.

“Last year, I went to a national competition in California, and Larry was there by my side the whole time, helping me with blocks and everything and getting myself prepared,” says Roach, who is a student at West Vigo High School.

 And thanks to the new Sycamore Striders track club, those preparations will continue for Ethan and other young track and field enthusiast who are eager to compete, and possibly go for the gold.

The Sycamore Striders is already certified by two national track and field organizations.

And now, Hines is working on turning it into a non-profit organization.

For more information on the club, check “Sycamore Striders Track Club” on Facebook.


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