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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.

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2019 Cross Country National Championship Qualifying Procedures

Attached here is the 2019 Cross Country National Championship Qualifying Procedures with important information for your district qualifier. I have also copied all district governors so they are aware as well. If you have not already done so, please email your dates, location, and entry packet for your Cross Country District qualifier to William Ferrell at Be mindful, your event should be posted and licensed by September 7th

AAU Championship Meet

Congratulations to all who participated in the National AAU championship meet July 24 - August 3, 2019 in North Carolina!  Eric Hegele (W17-18) completed the heptathlon and placed 7th with 3997 points.  David Hegele (boys 12) competed in the pentathlon.

Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational Durham, NC July 19-21, 2019

Congratulations to all of the Striders participating in the Russell E. Blunt ECI July 19-21. In the Women 17-18 400 m hurdles, Jessica Reynolds placed first with a time of 1:16.30.  She also placed 6th in the 100 m hurdles (17.32).  For Boys 13-14,  Cavon Tyler placed 4th in the 100 m dash (12.19).  For Boys 13-14, Roman Kellum placed 5th in the high jump at 1.50m (4-11.00).  Deneasha Harvey placed 6th in Girls 9-10 shot with 3.61m (11-10.25). 

New Striders Communication Method

Texting to cell phones with start prior to the new season as a way for more Striders to receive information faster.  Please email your mobile phone number which can receive text to Ed Carson at

Congratulations to all Striders who participated in the Region 5 Championships 

The top 5 in each event (including 4 CapitalCity Striders) at the Region 5 Championships July 6th & 7th at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships July 22nd - July 28th in Sacramento, California.  Dianna Goodman placed 1st in women 17-18 pole vault (3.30m).  Roman Kellum places 2nd in boys 13-14 high jump (1.45m).  Anthony Jarrell placed 3rd for 17-18 men in both the 800 (2:49.74) and 1500 meter (5:46.79) runs.  Payton Henrich placed 4th for boys 8 & under in both the 200 meter dash (37.05) and the long jump (2.59m), and 7th in the 400 meter dash (1:28.72). For 11-12 girls, Breanna Henrich placed 7th in the long jump (3.16m), 8th in the 400 meter dash (1:19.91), and 13 in the 100 meter dash (16.06).  Nikolaus VonWuitten placed 8th for boys 11-12 in the 800 meter run (3:00.57) and 13th in the 400 meter dash (1:16.82).

Congratulations to our Striders who qualified in the Region 4 Qualifier for the National AAU Meet!

Eight Striders qualified at the Ohio Region 4 AAU Qualifier Meet to participate in the AAU Junior Olympics at NC AT&T University in Greensboro, NC July 27-August 3.   Kayden Patterson placed 6th in the 9 year old boys 400 with a time of 1:11.71.  Maysen Fletcher placed 5th in the 10 year old girls 800 meter run with a time of 2:56.93 and 3rd in the 1500 (5:43.53).     Roman Kellum placed 1st in the high jump for 13 year old boys with a height of 4-08.00.  Candace Morris qualified in four events for 14 year old girls:  2nd in the 100 meter dash (12.72); 3rd in the 200 (25.95); 2nd in the 400 (1:00.89); and 2nd in the long jump (16-02.00).  Trevor Carson placed 4th for 17-18 year old boys in the 400 (50.97) and 2nd in the 800 (1:59.92).   Jessica Reynolds placed 6th in the 400 meter hurdles for 17-18 year old girls with a time of 1:16.02.  Dianna Goodman placed 1st in the girls’ 17-18 pole vault with 11-00.00.  Also for 17-18 year old girls, Sami Saunders placed 2nd in the high jump (5-00.00).  Detailed results from the meet may be found here.  

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


Coach Ferrell receiving the AAU Leadership Award!

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Our Striders in college are making us proud!   More information about Striders in College may be accessed from the Striders in College link in the menu at the left of each webpage (click here).

Check our Results Pages for Results from 2019 and earlier years!

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

Masters Athletes are welcome to join Capital City Striders and compete in Track and Field, Running, Long Distance Running, and/or Racewalking.  Information on opportunities for Masters may be found at


        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!

We need more members and friends to enroll in the Kroger Card program!

Please enroll your Kroger Plus card in the Kroger Community Reward program assigning it to the Capital City Striders.  Click here for more information.

To donate to Capital City Striders, click here. 

Capital City Striders, Inc.

CEO: Coach William “Chip” Ferrell

501 C (3) Non Profit

P O Box 1243

Charleston, WV 25325


PO Box 113

Institute, WV 25112



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