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  • "Definitely join this camp if you seriously want to better yourself physically and mentally in running."
    — Matthew - Durango High School, NV.
  • "This camp is 200% worth it. It will change your running experience for life."
    — Eddie - Sierra Vista High School, NV.
  • "Be in shape! Train, also stay positive because it gets tough."
    — Dominique - Soda Springs High School, ID.
  • "You're going to have so much fun and will learn a lot."
    — Jamie - American Fork High School, UT.
  • "You will learn a lot and you will be a better runner and you will learn something about yourself you didn't know before."
    — Brian - North Sanpete High School, UT.
  • "A rough camp, but well worth [it]!"
    — Jacob - Kadena High School, Japan.
  • "This camp is a great way to learn about running and how to get better and feel better about yourself."
    — Danielle - Basic High School, NV.
  • "You should definitely come to this camp because it's extremely helpful and the coaches and counselors were extremely nice and positive."
    — Casey - Coronado High School, NV.
  • "This camp is way fun, you learn a lot. Just keep a positive attitude and you'll do great."
    — Quincie - Soda Springs High School, ID.
  • "High altitude training will be the hardest thing you'll ever do! But it will be worth it, and it's fun."
    — David - West Wendover High School, NV.
  • "It's a great experience, it teaches you things you never realized, and it can really improve your physical and mental prospective about running."
    — Jordan - Coronado High School, NV.

CAMP DIRECTOR

COACH HOULE

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ERIC HOULE CONTINUES IN HIS 24TH YEAR TO LEAD A NATIONALLY COMPETITIVE PROGRAM AT SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY. WHEN COACH HOULE ORIGINALLY CAME TO THIS SMALL DIVISION 1 PROGRAM SET IN A BEAUTIFUL TOWN OF 30,000, NO SUU CROSS COUNTRY OR TRACK AND FIELD TEAM HAD EVER WON A CONFERENCE TITLE. NOW, 39 CONFERENCE TITLES LATER, THE PROGRAM IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY, ACHIEVING SUCCESS THAT IS NORMALLY RESERVED FOR SCHOOLS OF SIZE, RESOURCES, AND HISTORY. WHAT'S MORE, HOULE'S EXPERTISE EXTENDS BEYOND THE CONFERENCE LEVEL. HIS ATHLETES COMPETE AT THE REGIONAL, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS ON A REGULAR BASIS GAINING EXPERIENCE IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS CANADA, RUSSIA, GREAT BRITAIN, AND HUNGRY. THIS INCLUDES MULTIPLE WORLD TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES, AS WELL AS AN APPEARANCE AT THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES IN LONDON. DUE TO THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HOULE'S PROGRAM HAS BEEN FEATURED IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD ARTICLES AND MAGAZINES. IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE THUNDERBIRDS HAVE EXCELLED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF HOULE, VOTED 35-TIME CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR.

HOULE'S PROGRAM FIRST REACHED NATIONAL PROMINENCE IN 1999 WHEN THE THUNDERBIRDS KNOCKED OUT FIVE NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS TO WIN THE NCAA MOUNTAIN REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP. IN THIS PROCESS THE THUNDERBIRD MEN BROKE THE SIX TITLE STREAK WON BY THE NATIONAL POWERHOUSE COLORADO, A CHALLENGING FEAT THAT ONLY ONE OTHER TEAM IN THE STATE OF UTAH HAS ACCOMPLISHED TO DATE. THIS WIN PUT THE THUNDERBIRDS IN THE NATIONAL LIMELIGHT, CATAPULTING THEM INTO THE NATIONAL RANKINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM. THIS ALSO EARNED SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY ITS FIRST NCAA DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE WHERE THE TEAM FINISHED 21ST IN THE COUNTRY. THAT YEAR HOULE'S EFFORTS GARNERED HIM THE NCAA'S MOUNTAIN REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD, AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY USHERED IN A NEW ERA OF ACHIEVEMENT BY SOUTHERN UTAH ATHLETES. NOTABLY, ALL-AMERICAN JESS BAUMGARTNER BROKE THROUGH AT THE NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS TO FINISH IN THIRD PLACE, OPENING THE DOOR FOR CAM LEVINS, WHO FOLLOWED UP WITH A FOURTH PLACE FINISH AND A PAIR OF NATIONAL TITLES.

CAM LEVINS WENT ON TO BECOME SUU'S FIRST OLYMPIAN WHEN HE RAN AT THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES IN BOTH THE 5,000M AND 10,000M. AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES, IN THE 5,000M TRIALS, LEVINS'S PERFORMANCE PUT HIM IN AN ELITE GROUP AS HIS PERFORMANCE IN THE FIRST ROUND BECAME THE FASTEST TRIAL EVER RUN FOR THAT DISTANCE IN THE HISTORY OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES. LATER THAT YEAR HE WENT ON TO WIN THE HIGHEST HONOR IN COLLEGIATE TRACK AND FIELD AS HE WON THE PRESTIGIOUS BOWERMAN AWARD, PLACING A SOUTHERN UTAH ATHLETE AS ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREATEST ATHLETES IN THE HISTORY OF THE NCAA. SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY IS THE SMALLEST SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY, AND THE ONLY ONE IN THE STATE OF UTAH, TO EVER WIN THIS DISTINGUISHED AWARD. THIS EVENT CEMENTED HOULE'S PROGRAM AS ONE OF THE TOP FOR DEVELOPING ATHLETES IN THE COLLEGIATE RANKS. LEVINS RECEIVED A CONTRACT FROM NIKE AND NOW TRAINS WITH THE NIKE PROJECT TEAM.

DISTANCE ATHLETES AT SUU ARE SECOND TO NONE WHEN IT COMES TO DEVELOPMENT. SHARLA PLATT MANUELE, A 5:30 MILER OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, IMPROVED HER MILE BY 51 SECONDS AND WAS RUNNING A 4:39 MILE AT SUU. MANUELE BECAME AN ALL-AMERICAN BOTH ON THE TRACK AND IN THE CLASSROOM. CAM LEVINS BEGAN AS A 4:18 MILER OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. LEVINS BROUGHT HOME SOUTHERN UTAH'S FIRST DIVISION 1 NATIONAL TITLE IN ANY SPORT AT SUU, WITH VICTORIES IN BOTH THE 5,000M AND 10,000M AT THE NCAA OUTDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. HIS TIMES IN BOTH THE 5,000M AND 10,000M ARE NOW AMONG THE TOP 5 ALL-TIME BEST PERFORMANCES IN NCAA HISTORY.

Program Achievements under Coach Houle:

· 1,078 All-Conference Athletes
· Conference Athletes of the Year
· 28 Conference Newcomers of the Year
· 321 Individual Conference Champions
· 38 Team Conference Championships
· 124 NCAA West Regional Qualifiers
· 25 NCAA All-Region Performers
· 1 NCAA Mountain Region Team Championship
· 47 NCAA National Championship Qualifiers
· 14 NCAA All-American citations
· 2 NCAA Individual Championships
· 2 Top 5 Individual Finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships
· Bowerman Award Winner
· 2012 London Olympics Qualifier

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