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Texas Regional Para Track and Field Clinic

February 1-2, 2020

Texas State University

TSU Track and Field

TSU - The Endzone Complex

San Marcos, TX 78666


This clinic is geared to the beginner to an intermediate rising elite athlete.  We have some of the top Paralympic Coaches the USA has to offer and instruction is provided in a classroom setting as well as hands-on in the field and on the track.

We focus on sessions for these event groups: 
Ambulatory running (Visual Impairment, Amputee, Cerebral Palsy, Limb Salvage and others), Wheelchair Racing, Ambulatory Throws and Jumps, Seated Throws. 

If Wheelchair Racing equipment is needed, we do have extra chairs for an athlete to try.  If a chair is fitted for you and you are a part of a Texas community program or Junior High or High School program, then the chair can be loaned to the community program for your use or to the athlete for use in Junior High or High School programs.  No chairs are loaned or sent out of state.

Some session topics 
Running, Pushing, Throwing, Jumping Technique; strength training; developing training plans; navigating the Paralympic Pipeline; Racing Chair maintenance; 1 on 1 roller sessions for intermediate athletes; hands-on session out at the track.  
More detail on sessions and instructors to come in early January .


Scot Hollonbeck: Wheelchair Racing – 4 x Paralympian, 2 x Olympian w/ 5 Paralympic Medals and 1 Olympic Medal

Scot has competed in five Paralympic Games and four Olympic Games with 4 Paralympic

Medals. He was the silver medalist in the Atlanta 1500-meter exhibition race. His racing career took him all over the world, as he remained the top American Wheelchair Racer for well over 15 years. He held numerous American Records and three World Records.  Scot competed in the 2013 and 2016 Ironman Kona World Championships.  He also loves to teach and share the love of sport with others. 


Cheri Madsen: Wheelchair Racing – 3 x Paralympian, 2 x Olympian, 4 World Championships, 8 x Olympic/ Paralympic Medalist, 7 x World Championship Medalist, Former World Record Holder (100,200,400m)

Cheri started racing in 1994 at the age of 17. She qualified for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. At the 1996 Olympic Games she won a Bronze Medal in the 800m Olympic Exhibition event.  Cheri was the first Native American to ever win an Olympic Medal. After 2000 she decided to retire and start a family, she now has two daughters Reese-15 and Malayna-12 years old. In 2013 she came out of retirement in hopes of being competitive once again. Since her return to racing she has competed in 4 world championships (medaling 7 x) and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In Rio she won a Silver Medal in the 400m and in the 2019 IPC World Championships she won a Bronze in the 100M.  Currently she is training for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. 


Saul Mendoza: Wheelchair Racing – 7 x Paralympian, 3 x Olympian, 8 Olympic/Paralympic Medals, Mexico’s Athlete of the Century

Originally from Mexico City, Saul started racing in the states in 1995. Saul’s racing career lasted 27 years.  He is a 7-time Paralympian and a 3 time Olympian.  Saul’s career high light was winning the Olympic Exhibition 1500M Race in 2000 at the Sydney Olympic Stadium.  He won 2 Olympic medals and 6 Paralympic Medals.  He has won well over 200 road races in his career.  Breaking 4 world record and still holding one today.  Saul was named athlete of the year 4 times and was named Mexico’s Athlete of the Century in 2000.  Saul is currently the lead WC racing Coach for Texas Regional Para Sport in the Central Region of Texas.


Rodrick Green: Ambulatory Track Coach-3 x Paralympian (Track & Field), 3 World Championships (Sit Volleyball),                3 x Paralympic Medalist (Track & Field), 4 x ParaPan American Games Medalist (Sit Volleyball)

Rodrick started his Paralympic Career as a sprinter, reaching the podium 3 times in his career of 3 Paralympic Games.  He has switched to sit volleyball and resides at the Paralympic Sit Volleyball Training Center in Edmond, Oklahoma. He was named USA Volleyball Male Sitting Player of the year in 2016. He is currently training with Team USA for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.  Most recently, Rodrick has taken his extensive track and field background is the University of Texas at Arlington Ambulatory Paralympic Track and Field Coach.  In his coaching career, his athletes have earned seven Paralympic Medals.


Shannon Utley: Ambulatory Track Coach – 20 years of coaching experience, U.S. Paralympic National Team Coach

Shannon Utley has been the Head Track and Cross-Country Coach at Summit High School since 2010. Since taking over at Summit the Cross-Country teams have won four District Championships, reached the Regional meet 13 different times and has had six State qualifiers. Coach Utley specializes in the horizontal jumps and since joining Summit has had 10 jumpers qualify for the State Meet. Coach Utley was selected as the 2014-2015 5A-6A Track Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Coach Utley was chosen to serve as an Assistant Jump/Sprint Coach for the US Paralympic Track & Field Team in 2015 ParaPan Games (Toronto), 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro), 2017 World Championships (London), 2019 ParaPan Games (Peru) and 2019 World Championships (Dubi), as well as various other National & International competitions.


Judy Harrison: Ambulatory Track Coach - 45 years of coaching experience, 5-time Coach of the Year

Judy has 45 years of coaching experience.  As Head Track and Field Coach at San Jacinto Jr. College her teams won two NJCAA National Championships and she was named NJCAA Coach of the Year 5 times.  She has coached 136 All Americans and 6 Olympians. In 2000 she was the Asst. Manager for the USA Women’s Olympic Track and Field Team in Sydney, Australia.  In 2010 Judy started working with Paralympic Track and Field as a clinician for ambulatory track.  She has conducted numerous clinics for a variety of age groups and ability levels and brings so much knowledge to our Paralympic athletes.


Erica Wheeler: Throws Coach – 1996 Olympian for Javelin and U.S. Paralympic National Team Coach

Erica is currently one of U.S. Paralympics National Team Throwing Coaches.  She had a very long and decorated collegiate career that proved successful as she found herself on the 1996 Olympic Track and Field Team for Javelin.  As a coach she has emerged as US Paralympics top seated throws coach. She is the resident throws coach at the USOC Chula Vista Training Center, where she gets to work with Paralympic Throws athletes daily.


Paul Johnson: Wheelchair Racing and Seated Throws – 31 years of Paralympic Coaching Experience

Paul coached his daughter, who was a 2004 Paralympian for WC Racing. He has traveled internationally on numerous USA Teams as a coach.  He is the lead Paralympic Track and Field Official in Texas and attends Paralympic meets across the USA, including the U.S. Paralympic Trials as an official. He is an instrumental part of the success of many Paralympic Track and Field meets, but here in Texas he is one of the organizers of both Texas Regional Games and the Lone Star Para Invitational. Most recently, he has been named the University of Texas Wheelchair Racing and Seated Throws Coach, he will start that position with the 2020-2021 school year.


Kelly Elmlinger: Wheelchair Racing - USA Paratriathalon National Team Member

Kelly is a life-long athlete and started wheelchair racing in 2014 after being diagnosed with Cancer in her leg. In her first marathon, she qualified for the Boston Marathon and raced in the 2016 event. She is a veteran who has represented the US Army and military at numerous adaptive sporting events. Currently, Kelly is a member of the US Para-Triathlon Team bidding for a position on the 2020 USA Paralympic Para-Triathlon Team. She also loves to give back and be a positive role-model for our youth, she coaches Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Racing for TRPS and STRAPS.


David Smith: Wheelchair Racing – Adaptive Cycling and Running/Pushing Coach since 2012

David began his career as an adaptive sports coach in rehabilitation services for the US Military.  He was working with wounded, injured and ill service members at Brooke Army Medical Center with an emphasis on paracycling, paratriathlon and wheelchair racing. David soon expanded his efforts beyond working with the military population when he joined both Texas Regional Para Sport (TRPS) and South Texas Regional Adaptive Para Sports (STRAPS) as a community program coach. Since then he has worked with all age groups with wide ranging abilities. He has coached multiple camps and clinics around the country including at Olympic Training Centers. David’s athletes have earned podium spots in both National and International fields. David is both a US Marine Corps and US Army Veteran and is pursuing a degree in Recreation Therapy at Texas State University.  David has held both a USA Cycling Level 3 and a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coaching certification.  




Registration Deadline is January 29


Hotel suggestions:
There are lots of hotels in San Marcos, from all price ranges.  We do not have a hotel block of rooms.  These are just two of the nicer ones in town, please do a search and look to see what is in your price range. 

Wingate by Wyndham San Marcos 




108 IH-35 North, San Marcos, TX 78666

Hampton Inn & Suites San Marcos



106 IH-35, San Marcos, TX 78666


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