Indoor Track and Field
The Hill School's track and field teams are among the School's greatest programs in terms of both tradition and longevity. There is a strong tradition amongst The Hill School's teams of athletes going on to compete at a college level with no less than 25 boys and girls competing in collegiate track and field in just the last decade!
We welcome anyone who is interested in track and field to come out for the team regardless of previous experience – with such a wide variety of events, there is a spot for everyone. The coaching staff values hard work and a good attitude above all else – it is our philosophy that if an athlete comes to practice every day willing to work hard and push not only themselves but their teammates as well, the team will improve across the board. Our track and field coaching staff features at least one coach for every discipline; nearly every coach competed at the collegiate level, bringing a plethora of knowledge and experience to the program.
The indoor season begins in mid-November, and runs through the end of February. After a few weeks of practice, we begin the competition portion of the schedule the week prior to winter vacation with the Hill Invitational, a very competitive meet featuring several regional teams that serves as a good barometer for the rest of the season.
In the second half of the season, we typically compete in four meets – any combination of dual/tri meets and invitationals depending on the year – to prepare for the two season-ending championship events, the Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association Championship in late-January and the Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championship meet in mid-February. We have a good history of athletes qualifying for the State Championship meet – comprised of both public and private school athletes – which is held at Penn State University on the final weekend of February.
We hope you will consider visiting The Hill School and experiencing all that Hill has to offer. Please do not hesitate to contact either of the coaches with any questions, or to fill out a Track and Field Inquiry Form (below).
Head Coach: Bill Yinger '95 | email@example.com
Coach Yinger arrived at The Hill in 2001-02 and became the head track and field coach in 2002-03. At The Hill, Coach Yinger works specifically with the hurdlers and pole-vaulters on both the girls' and boys' teams. Before coming back to The Hill, Coach Yinger was a teacher of science and assistant coach of football and track at Trinity-Pawling School for two years. Coach Yinger attended The Hill from 1992-1995 during which he was a member of the varsity football and track and field teams. He captained the latter in his senior seasons, leaving the school with three individual and nine relay school records. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. where he was a four-year varsity letter winner, a captain his senior year, an All Patriot League Athlete in seven of his eight seasons, an eight time IC4A qualifier, an All East Pentathlete and Decathlete, and a school record holder in the Pentathlon and Decathlon.
Head Girls' Coach: Patrick Lake | firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Lake took over as the head girls' coach in 2011. Coach Lake coaches the jumping and sprinting events for the boys' and girls' winter and spring track teams. At Boston University he was a four-year varsity-letter winner in track and field, competing in sprints, the long jump, and triple jump. During his college career he received the E. Ray Speare Award, given to "The Outstanding Male Student Athlete at B.U." and was also named a Division-1 Academic All-American. At Hill, Patrick teaches all levels of Greek and Latin. He earned his M.A. in classics at Fordham University in 2008, and in 2011 earned his Ph.D. in classics from Fordham.
Chris DeLucia (Distance)
Scott Kominkiewicz (Sprints)
Tunde Oladipo (Pole Vault)
Laura Wann (Sprints)
Profiles of alumni currently competing in college:
Ian Lawrence '18 - Bucknell University
Rachel Schaaf '18 - Colgate University
Khayre Ali '16 - New York University
AJ Bates '16 - Franklin and Marshall College
View a PDF Document of Hill Track and Field alumni who have moved on to compete in college
* If you or a former teammate are not on this list, please contact Nate Yinger '05 and he will make the appropriate changes.