Runners Stay in Shape All Winter

The Summit’s robust running programs have a winter sport in indoor track, and that distinction sets apart the school from its Miami Valley Conference peers. 

10 years ago, when coach Kurtis Smith started the indoor track program, there were 12 kids signed up for the team. All, with the exception of one, were distance runners. Last season, the team’s number ballooned to 107. 

The sport remains a tool for cross country interest but now attracts a broad range of boys and girls who want to improve their fitness between fall and spring. 

Every outdoor track event except discus is replicated in indoor track, although in shorter distances because the track is 200 meters. Athletes that compete in the 100-meter dash in track, for example, run the 60-meter dash indoors. 

Indoor track season extends from Dec. 1 to mid-February and includes three meets at different universities. Destinations range from The Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky to Indiana University, Cedarville University and the University of Akron.

Kurtis Smith started The Summit’s indoor track program in 2007. Coach Smith also has helmed the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams since 2006 and serves as an assistant track coach. Coach Smith graduated from Elder High School (2001) and was the first male cross country runner at Mount St. Joseph University. After graduating from the Mount in 2005 with a Master’s degree in pastoral counseling and theology, he began teaching Theology at The Summit.