Parent Newsletter

Summit Track & Field 2021

Coach Contact Information:

James Gater           

Matt Lindelien       

Debby Rowan        

Kristina Gordish     

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Important Dates:

Spirit Wear Online Store:

       Store opens 3/25 and will close 4/5.  Delivery is 4/15.

        Transportation and Athletic Fee $10: Make check payable to Summit Middle School

          Pictures: April 14th

        Conference Meet: Wednesday, May 12th@ Carroll Middle School

        State Meet:  Saturday, May 15th

Uniform Return: TBD

        Awards Night: TBD

Coaching/Training Philosophy: Built on trust, commitment, and caring (sportsmanship). You have to trust us as coaches just as we trust you as parents.

Practice Expectations: Practices Monday through Friday 3:00-4:30 are mandatory. Club sports should not interfere with practices and meets. Students may participate in club sports; however, missing Summit track practice for club sports may incur loss of varsity competition spots. 

Daily Running Gear: Layers of clothing, watch, water bottle, and good running shoes.  A face covering is also going to be mandatory this year.  A gaiter is recommended as it is east to pull up and down without losing it.  Spring in Indiana is all over the place, so ALWAYS BRING LAYERS.  We cannot stress enough how important it is to bring all types of clothes in case we are practicing in inclement weather. Shoes must be replaced every 300-400 miles, so new shoes must be purchased every season for injury prevention.  Please make sure you label all items with the athlete’s name.

Pick Up Times: Practice runs from 3-4:30pm. Athletes are expected to be picked up at the designated time, no later.  If a player’s ride continues to be truant, they will be asked to find a different way to get home, perhaps to walk to the YMCA or carpool with a friend.  If practice ends at 4:30, an athlete’s ride should be at Summit at 4:25.

Meet Expectations: All student athletes are expected to wear their school uniforms to meets.  Athletes should wear training flats to meets and varsity athletes should consider spikes.  Aside from home meets at Summit’s track, all athletes are expected to ride the bus to and from meets or have a form signed saying who will be bring them to and from meets.  Students may be signed out to parents only unless they have given signed permission to someone else.

Uniforms: School-issued uniforms are the only acceptable attire to be worn during competition.  Uniforms must be returned at the end of the season.  If lost, athletes will be expected to reimburse the athletic department for the replacement cost.  *Please wash uniforms after each meet in cold water and hang to dry to extend longevity.

Injury and Injury Prevention: Proper footwear, good nutrition (no soda, energy drinks, junk food, etc.), multivitamin and calcium, hydration (60oz or more of water per day), rest (lights out at 10pm the night before meets!), and letting adults know about issues. Please consult with your family doctor/pediatrician/orthopedic specialist about any persistent issues. The Homestead trainer is available at 2:15-5:00. They can be reached at 431-2240.

Representatives of SMS: These teams represent our school and our community in all things we say and do. Good sportsmanship is expected.  Athletes must use caution when communicating with others through social media—what they do and say online is also a reflection of themselves and the program.

Academics: Students must remain eligible academically to be able to compete in meets and invitationals.  Midterms are reported to coaches on Monday, April 26th.  Any student with an F on that date will be ineligible to compete for a minimum of one meet. Once all grades are above F and the one-meet suspension has been fulfilled, students are eligible to compete.

Meet Schedule: Athletes will go home after school on meet days (instead of collab as usual); however, all athletes must meet and travel on school busses together unless they have a signed permission form to be taken by a parent.  Please bring healthy, easily-digestible foods (and a garbage bag

2021  Track Meet Schedule




Start Time

Wed, Apr 21, 2021



5:00 PM

Thur, Apr 22, 2021

Blackhawk Christian


5:00 PM

Wed, Apr 28, 2021



5:00 PM

Thu, Apr 29, 2021

Woodside & Indian Springs

Indian Springs

5:00 PM

Sat, May 1, 2021

Woodlan Invitational


9:00 AM

Mon, May 3, 2021

St. Vincent & St. Charles


5:00 PM

Wed, May 5, 2021

Maple Creek


5:00 PM

Sat, May 8, 2021

New Haven Invitational

New Haven

10:00 AM

Mon, May 10, 2021

East Noble & Carroll

East Noble

5:00 PM

Wed, May 12, 2021

NHMLC meet, rain date 5/13


5:00 PM

Sat, May 15, 2021

Middle School State Meet for those who qualify and wish to compete.




Bus Conduct: It is a privilege to travel as a team. When traveling to and from meets on school busses, students are expected to remain seated, keep their hands to themselves, stay out of the aisles, speak quietly, and refrain from putting any object or body part outside of the windows. No eating or drinking on the bus is permitted on the bus. Masks must be worn at all times.  Above all, students are expected to respect and follow the orders of their coaches and bus drivers. Misconduct will lead to disciplinary action, including conferences with parents and assigned seating.  Multiple offenses will incur additional disciplinary actions, such as inability to ride the bus for the remainder of the season, loss of varsity position(s), and/or removal from the team at the athletic director and coaches’ discretion.