Capital City Striders

                  Youth Track and Field


There will be a PARENT MEETING Tuesday May 22 at 6:00 PM in the Stonewall Room on the South Side of Laidley Field Stadium.  Now that the middle and High school track and field seasons are over, it is time for the Capital City Striders season to begin.  We need as many parents as possible to participate and volunteer in different ways to have a successful track and field season.  All athletes must complete their registration, including full payment of the $100 fee per athlete, by the end of May. 

Striders practices will continue at Laidley Field at 5 PM in May when there is no track and field meet. If it rains, we will be under the north stand next to Piedmont Road. Dress according to the weather. Registration this year is $100 per athlete.  Please make sure that those who have not paid the entire $100 pay the balance before the end of May.  Several still need to pay a remaining $50 balance.  Sign-up for new members is never closed. The practice schedule is posted hereCurrent scheduled practice dates are May 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, and 31.  In June, practices will be 4 - 6 PM.  June practices are currently scheduled on June 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, and 26.  The 2018 CCS Schedule is posted here.


Please contact Coach Chip Ferrell soon if you or any other person that you know may want to participate in summer track, so AAU & USATF cards can get processed. Coach Ferrell may be contacted at 304-766-9478 (home), 304-552-5306 (cell) or by e-mail at  Paul Gilmer cannot be contacted presently.  Please also contact Coach Chip Ferrell with any questions until Paul is again available. 


Annual Club Membership fee for 2018 is $100.00 per athlete.  The membership includes individual memberships in USATF and AAU, plus a Strider T-Shirt, insurance, and entry fees for the Strider Invitational in June.

Information on these meets is currently available (and is both here and in the schedule):

June 8-9              CCS Invitational, Laidley Field, Charleston, WV

June 10               WV AAU 2018 District Qualifier, Charleston, WV

June 16               WV USATF 2018 JOTF Championships, Laidley Field, Charleston, WV

June 28-July 1    2018 Region 4 National Qualifier    

July 5-8                USATF Region 5 Championships, Olivet College, Olivet, MI  (schedule here, hotels here)

The general information of the Region 5 USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships hosted by the USATF Michigan Association at Olivet College July 5-8, 2018 is posted here and the meet schedule is posted here, with hotel information here.  It is also listed with links on the schedule (link above in the menu).

There will be many opportunities for parents to assist with work parties, officiating, organizing, and other event preparation.  Please volunteer some of your time to help us out.  Please call Coach Ferrell if you would like to volunteer, or if you have questions or concerns.

STRIDERS IN COLLEGE 2018:  Malika Houston.  Other Striders in College are shown below and on the Striders in College link (above).


Our Striders in college are making us proud! 

Christian Buckley

Will Walker

Emily Godwin

Results from the November 5 Cross Country meet and National Qualifier are here

Carly Hinkle of the Capital City Striders brings home the gold! The Capital City Striders youth track & field club had six members competing in USA & AAU National Championships in this Olympic year. Carly Hinkle, the first to compete, won the Gold Medal in the Women 17-18 High Jump clearing 5’ 8.75” on her first attempt in Sacramento California Wednesday.  Also competing in Sacramento will be high jumpers Luke Nichols and Shawn Arthur while Striders at the AAU Championships in Houston Texas will be Diane Goodman in 13-14 Pole Vault, Laurel Miller in 17-18 High Jump, and Malcolm Fletcher in 15-16 100m and 200m. All have reached their personal bests in summer competition.  Congratulations to Strider Dianne Goodman earning a fifth place medal in the 14 year old girls pole vault at the AAU National Championships in Houston Texas. 


Tristan Slater made the 2016 MileSplit All-American Boys Team which is presented by New Balance. Six athletes from each track and field event are recognized and named to the team each year. Add that to the WV Track and Field Gatorade Player of the Year, Third Place and All-American at New Balance Nationals, and fourth WV State Championship title, and it’s been a pretty great season so far! Tristan proceeds to the Canadian National Championships and World Junior Championships in Poland!  He couldn’t have done any of it without Capital High School and the Capital City Striders. Thanks you guys!

Capital City Strider  and Winfield pole vaulter Shannon signs with Murray State University.

THE WEST VIRGINIA Association USA TRACK & FIELD Cross Country  CHAMPIONSHIPS results are here.  

Capital City Strider Stars Anacia Hines - Coastal Carolina - and Barkley Castro - Marshall



POLE VAULTING PAGE may be found here.


Into this world we came

    And we came without a choice,

Our ancestors built this land

    And even then they had a voice.

But before they died they planted seeds,

    From each seed grew a child,

A beautiful child indeed.

Through time the cycle continued

    “Seeds” were planted year after year,

With the sweat and love of our parents

    And certainly not without their tears.

Those children are our future

    And they’ll open each door a little wider,

The ones you see before you now

    Are the very proud Capital City Striders.

As each one crosses a finish line

    They win more than just a race,

They win a chance to let it be known

    That they’re here to take their place.

Hey you Capital City Striders

    Though you may think each race is fun,

You’ve got a lot more work to do

    Before the real race is won.

The main event is with yourself

    Because parents can only do so much,

And they won’t always be around

    For you to just reach out and touch.

Whatever you do in life try to win

    But if you don’t, hold your head with pride,

Because no one can call you a quitter

    And we’ll love you because you tried.

Tackle life with ambition

    And make the doors open wider,

On the field be a team

    Because you are the Capital City Striders.

Always try your hardest

    And never hold yourselves back,

Remember it’s good to be a winner,

    So in your minds be just that.

                A STRIDER!

Coach Ferrell receiving the Leadership Award!

Capital City Striders has established an ongoing partnership with the West Virginia Beverage Association. Through this grant and this ongoing partnership with the West Virginia Beverage Association, we will be able to reach more young student athletes and hopefully continue our longstanding tradition of positively impacting our community for many years ahead.

Capital City Striders Check Presentation

All Strider coaches and volunteers need to go to and renew their memberships and apply for a current Background check. 

The Capital City Striders  (CCS), located in Charleston, WV,  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a club member of the USA Track & Field (USATF) as well as the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) organizations.  These organizations are the national governing bodies of track and field.  As a result of being a member of USATF and AAU, the CCS is a competitive level club.

The intent of the program is to provide proper training for the events of track & field, to engage in competition with other USATF and AAU clubs locally, regionally & nationally, and to have fun.  Athletes also gain valuable educational, social, and travel experiences, while developing confidence and respect for themselves and others.

Capital City Striders Pictures are here.

Check out Press Releases here

Check our Winners Page for Results from 2017 and earlier years!

Click link for important information on how to register for
AAU membership:

Capital City Striders, Inc.

501 C (3) Non Profit

P O Box 1243

Charleston, WV 25325

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