The Westwood Track Club after its first practice on June 22. (Paul Goldberg/Hometown Weekly)
By Douglas McCulloch
Hometown Weekly Staff
The Westwood Track Club began its summer season two weeks ago, with its first practice of the season on June 22.
Now in its seventh year, the Westwood Track Club has seen its summer track club grow over the years. The program is designed for kids interested in track, and offers several classes for different age groups ranging from 3-14.
Through the eight-week program, the program helps to build the skills and endurance of those who are interested in track. The club practices at Westwood High School but also uses Hale Reservation and neighboring roads in Westwood for endurance runs and training.
According to Westwood High track coach and Westwood Track Club coach Jen Teahan, the program has seen a significant boost in interest since beginning in 2010.
“We are ecstatic about the feedback we have already received,” Teahan said. “We are in our seventh year and it just keeps growing and being better than the year before. Our coaches are committed high school and collegiate athletes that want the very best for the groups they oversee.”
Teahan noted that at its core, the program opens track up to everyone, regardless of age and athletic background.
“We wanted to create an environment where all ages and athletic backgrounds can grow individually while making really great friends and long term health habits,” Teahan said.
In addition to practices and training, the club also competes in meets against other youth track programs, which includes teams in Needham, Quincy, Weymouth, Norwell, Walpole and Hingham.
For more information about the Westwood Track Club, visit trackclinic.com.