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The On Track & Field podcast!

The On Track & Field podcast!

By On Track & Field, Inc
The On Track weekly podcast, hosted by coach J.T. Ayers, that covers all things track & field and Cross Country. Listen to some of the most respected coaches in the world, hear from the biggest athletes in the sport and keep up to date with the leading trends in training. New episodes drop every Tuesday morning!
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Episode 51 | Matt Taylor - CEO & Founder of Track Smith
Matt Taylor founded Track Smith more than 8 years ago focusing on the highest quality apparel and accessories for athletes. What started with a passion has quickly morphed into becoming one of the top producers of cross country and track & field events, podcast and blogs.  
August 09, 2022
Episode 50 | Ernie Clark (San Jose State) & Bob Thurnhoffer (New Mexico) - 100m, 200m, & 400m Workout Ideas
Previous guests Bob Thurnhoffer and Ernie Clark return to join JT and share some of there favorite sprint workouts. JT, Bob and Ernie all share some of their sprint specific workouts and why they are favorites and how to best execute them.  
August 03, 2022
Episode 49 | World's Greatest Founder & CEO Bob Ciosek
Bob Ciosek is the founder and CEO of World's Greatest, a new digital media company that partners with the top T&F athletes to promote and expand the reach of track athletes across the globe. World's Greatest is a docuseries that chronicles athlete's journeys, from the hard days of training, all the way to the podium. 
July 24, 2022
Episode 48 | Coach Brian FitzGerald - Relay Specialist
With the World Championships happening this week in Eugene and the relay races just a few days away, can the USA Men's team take advantage of their 100m sweep and get the baton around the oval in record time? This week's 'cast is a repost from almost exactly 1 year ago, with Hall of Fame coach Brian FitzGerald joining JT to talk all things 4x100m and 4x400m relay related. All the nuances that go into the race and which athlete should run which leg and why. Which style of handoff is best, and which style is the riskiest. JT and Brian break it all down as we head into the relays this weekend. 
July 19, 2022
Episode 47 | New Mexico's Bob Thurnhoffer
This week, the USTFCCCA Assistant Coach of the Year from New Mexico, Bob Thurnhoffer, hangs with JT and talks sprint training, team culture and how communicating with your athletes is key to building a successful team.
July 12, 2022
Episode 46 | Mike Cunningham - National Sales Manager, Gill Athletics
If you've ever wondered why track equipment is so pricey, then this podcast is for you! Gill Athletics' own Mike Cunningham, who was on the ground floor as the new Hayward Field, the Track at New Balance and countless other track stadiums were being built, explains the why and how track equipment can be so expensive. He also shares his own philosophy on what it takes to host a great podcast.  
July 06, 2022
Episode 45 | ALTIS VP, Performance - Andreas Behm
J.T. sits with ALTIS coach Andreas Behm on this week's On Track & Field podcast and talks technology, training philosophies and the 'why' he focuses his training regime on building on an athlete's strength rather than focusing on an athlete's weakness. 
June 29, 2022
Episode 44 | Gold Medal Hurdler - David Oliver
World Championships Gold medalist in the 110m hurdles and now head coach, David Oliver, joins J.T. on this week's On Track podcast and talks about life post competition and how his time as one of the top hurdlers in the world helps him coach at Howard University. 
June 22, 2022
Episode 43 | Hurdler Trevor Bassitt
400m Hurdler specialist, Trevor Bassitt, has had great success in the long hurdles but has also shown tremendous speed in the 60m as well as all the way up to the 4x400m Relay. This week, Trevor sits with J.T. and talks about his road from high school hurdler to becoming one of the  top track athletes in the country. 
June 14, 2022
Episode 42 | Coach Ernie Clark - Hurdle and Sprints specialist
Is the 400m hurdles more similar to an 800m race or an open 400m? Should hurdlers also run a relay or both relays or focus on the hurdle events? What drills should hurdlers focus on? Coach Ernie Clark sits with J.T. and talks all things hurdles. 
May 24, 2022
Episode 41 | Dr. Andy Franklyn-Miller - All Things Shin Splints
In the words of the BBC, Dr. Andy Franklyn-Miller is hailed as one of the worlds leading sports and exercise medicine specialists. He talks with J.T. about all things shin splints related. What causes them, how to treat them and when to know if they're serious. 
April 26, 2022
Episode 40 | Bobby Stroupe - Founder of the ATHLETE Performance Enhancement Center
This week's show features Bobby Stroupe, the Founder and President of ATHLETE Performance Enhancement Center (APEC). His coaching ranges from youth athletes to some of the top names in multiple professional sports including 1st round picks, Super Bowl and World Series champions.  
March 15, 2022
Episode 39 | Chris Parno - Minnesota State University T&F
Chris Parno, Associate Head T&F Coach at Minnesota State University, talks with J.T. about his philosophy and culture with 'purpose driven coaching' and how he applies it to his team as a whole and individually with his athletes.    
March 01, 2022
Episode 38 | Ben Barnett - President & CEO, BodhiSport
What role does cognitive ability play in athletics and how do you measure it? President and CEO of Bodhi Sports , along with his partner, Justin Junge have developed a platform that quantifies athletic performance.  
February 22, 2022
Episode 37 | Director of Kula Sports Performance - Brian Kula
With the launch of his new speed development based app just weeks away, Brian shares with J.T. how athletes from all sports, elite to novice, will be able to utilize the app, elevating their training to new levels, all from just a phone or tablet.  
February 15, 2022
Episode 36 | USATF Hurdler - Robert Dunning
All-American 110mH & 400mH hurdler (Alabama) sits with J.T. and talks all things hurdles, from training for both events to staying focused during the long season and how he approaches each day's training plan. 
February 08, 2022
Episode 35 | Coach Gabe Sanders - Director T&F Boston University
With a resume that boasts having coached 16 All-Americans and 17 NCAA finalists, Coach Gabe Sanders is one of the biggest proponents and supporters of creating a professional T&F sports league similar to the 4 other major sports where there would be championship meets every year to end the season crowning world champions.  
February 01, 2022
Episode 34 | Olympian & 400m Specialist Tabarie Henry
400m (44.77) specialist Tabarie Henry joins J.T. and shares his thoughts and ideas on training for the 400m and what he sees as being one of the biggest 'hurdles' in training today's high school and college athletes. 
January 26, 2022
Episode 33 | Keturah Orji - American Triple Jump Record Holder
Olympic Triple Jumper, Keturah Orji, (14.92m - 48' 11.25"), joins J.T. for this week's On Track podcast and talks about what it's like to perform on track's biggest stage and what goes through her mind as she's preparing to make another attempt at the board.
January 18, 2022
Episode #32 | Hurdler Trey Cunningam
One of the most decorated high school hurdlers ever, Florida Seminoles senior Trey Cunningham, sits with JT and shares his experience with balancing qualifying for the Olympics while competing at the college level and his plans for the future. 
January 11, 2022
Episode 31 | Steven Bastien - What Training for an Olympic Decathlete Looks Like
2020 USA Olympic Decathlete, Steven Bastien, sits with J.T. and shares his experiences as he was gearing up for an Olympic run at the 2020 games. Steven shares his training methods and philosophies and how athletes of all levels can implement them. 
January 05, 2022
Episode 30 | Coach (and our host) J.T. Ayers on Leadership
Our podcast host, J.T. Ayers sits behind the other side of the mic for this week's 'cast and shares his philosophy on leadership. What it means, how he implements it with his team and what attributes to look for in your leaders. 
December 29, 2021
Episode 29 | Coach Kurt Hines - Build Relationships With Your Athletes
Coach Kurt Hines is in the relationship building business and this week Kurt sits with J.T. and shares how he builds relationships with his athletes, his staff, and community members with love, transparency, and humility. 
December 21, 2021
Episode 28 | Olympic Sprinter Ronnie Baker
Olympic sprinter, Ronnie Baker, who holds the 3rd fastest time in history in the 60m dash (6.40), joins J.T. and talks about the mental aspect of being a member of an Olympic team, his process of analyzing races and what it takes to compete at the highest level in track and field. 
December 14, 2021
Episode 27 | Mike Boyle - Strength & Conditioning Expert
Mike Boyle is the co-founder of the Middleton, Massachusetts based Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning. Mike has a long resume of success having previously worked with the Boston Red Sox, US Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, and Boston University and is one of strength and conditionings foremost experts.   
December 07, 2021
Episode 26 | Dr. Ken Clark, PH.D. - Speed and Athletic Performance
2021 Track Football Consortium presenter, Dr. Ken Clark, is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Ken's primary focus is in the underlying mechanical factors in athletic performance and teaching speed and how the two go hand-in-hand.
November 30, 2021
Episode 25 | JB Morin PhD. - The Science Behind Overspeed and Maximum Velocity Sprint Training
J.T. sits down with 2022 Track Football Consortium presenter JB Morin, who holds a PhD in Sport Science. JB breaks down, in simple terms, the science of acceleration, maximum, and overspeed training and how and when to apply it and how to schedule the proper workout program for your team and athletes.
November 23, 2021
Episode 24 | Coach Jonas Dodoo
London based Jonas Dodoo, a 2021 Track Football Consortium presenter and the head coach at SpeedWorks Training, a program designed to maximize athlete's sprinting ability joins this week's podcast. Jonas shares very specific cues and techniques with J.T. that he uses with all his athletes proving that every athlete can get faster. 
November 16, 2021
Episode 23 | Coach Ernie Clark - Hurdle Specialist & Track Football Consortium (TFC) Presenter
This week, J.T. talks with 5x Region Coach of the Year & 3x National Assistant Coach of the Year Ernie Clark about all things hurdle and sprints training. Ernie shares how he structures his workouts so that every rep is a competitive rep and how he maximizes training with his athletes. 
November 09, 2021
Episode 23 | Coach Dan Pfaff - Legendary Coach & Track Football Consortium Presenter
One of the top U.S. T&F coaches today, Dan Pfaff sits with J.T. this week and talks all things training and dives deep into how he implements his own training philosophy in everyday practices. Dan also discusses the importance of mentors and how to network among coaches and touches on the upcoming Track Football Consortium where he's one of the top presenters. 
November 02, 2021
Episode 22 | Tony Holler - Track Football Consortium (TFC) Co-Founder
This week’s guest, Tony Holler, is co-creator of the upcoming Track Football Consortium coaching clinic. A virtual coaching clinic that brings together track, football and strength coaches with one goal in mind – to improve the speed and power of today’s athlete. J.T. and Tony discuss the December event, it’s presenters and why you should listen to them and of course, Tony’s Feed the Cats sprints program.
October 26, 2021
Episode #21 | Lee Taft - Multi-Directional Speed Guru
This week's guest, Lee Taft, known as the "Speed Guru," is highly respected as one of the top athletic movement specialists in the world. Lee is a master for teaching multi-directional speed to all ages and abilities. You can catch Lee at the TFC 2021 in December as he's one of their featured presenters. TFC 2021 tickets are on sale now and you can get them here... 
October 19, 2021
Episode #20 | Brian FitzGerald Breaks Down the 4x400m Relay
This week, Hall of Fame coach Brian FitzGerald breaks down the 4x400m relay with host J.T. Where to place your 4 athletes to get the most out of them, the advantages of running multiple relay teams in a league meet, how to be fast in the zone plus, they talk about both the both and men and women's Olympic 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams and how both could be better. 
October 12, 2021
Episode #19 | Coach Ty Davis On Coaching His Daughter, Olympian Tara Davis
Coach and #GirlDad of one of the most exciting T&F field athletes competing today, coach Ty Davis shares with J.T. how he juggled the demands and nuances of coaching his daughter, Olympian Tara Davis, to multiple California State Championships, NCAA records and a 6th place long jump finish at the '21 Olympics.
October 05, 2021
Episode #18 | Jamaican Sprinter Yohan Blake
 The 2nd fastest man to ever run the 100m & 200m, Yohan Blake, joins J.T. this week and talks all things T&F and what it means to grow up a Jamaican sprinter. Yohan lays out his favorite track workouts and talks about his first love...and it's NOT track. 
September 28, 2021
Episode #17 | Decathlete Devon Williams
What does it take to train and compete in T&F at the elite level? This week's guest, decathlete Devon Williams, talks with J.T. about the ins and outs of being a muliti's athlete and trying to make the hardest team to make in sports...the U.S.A. Olympic team. 
September 21, 2021
Episode #16 | Coach Brad Dixon - Why Train Speed With Your Lineman, Defensive Backs and Entire Defense?
Coach Brad Dixon talks defensive speed with J.T. and explains just how important it is with the game on the line in the 4th quarter.  
September 14, 2021
Episode #15 | Tim O'Rourke - Mt SAC and Cross Country are back!
Mt San Antonio College’s FastBack ShootOut was this past weekend and if the results are any indication, XC is back and in full effect! This week’s guest, Tim O’Rourke, Mt SAC’s longtime meet director, talks with J.T. about all things Mt SAC and XC related including the question every coach in Southern California asks….is Mt SAC too tough a course especially as the CIF Southern Section’s qualifying race to make it to state? Tim has the stats to definitively answer the question. His answer might surprise you.
September 07, 2021
Episode #14 | Justin Wickard - Signing a Name, Image, and Likeness Contract Can Make A College Athlete Rich!
This week's episode, with guest Justin Wickard, dives into what it means for athletes who sign a name, image and likeness contract allowing college athletes to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars and how it affects the NCA compliance. 
August 31, 2021
Episode #13 | Jeremy Frisch - Athletes Specializing In One Sport Is NOT Special.
Most high school athletes today lack mobility due to 'specializing' in one sport and while most parents think they're doing their athlete good, J.T. and guest Jeremy Frisch talk about how today's youth and high school athletes need more exposure to all sports. 
August 24, 2021
Episode #12 | Coach Jay Johnson - Creating Culture In Your Program (Part II)
J.T. and guest Jay Johnson continue their conversation on distance training and how to maximize training by focusing on "quality over quantity." Creating team culture, weight lifting for distance athletes, and how to develop life long runners are just a few of the topics up for discussion in this week's podcast. 
August 17, 2021
Episode #11 | Coach Jay Johnson - Creating Culture In Your Program
What can a sprint coach learn from a distance coach? Let's start with culture. This week's guest, distance coach Jay Johnson, sits down with J.T. and talks about just that. How to create culture in your team and get your athletes to 'buy-in' in to your program. This is part 1 or a 2 part episode.
August 10, 2021
Episode #10 | Wade Floyd - Founder founder, Wade Floyd, talks with J.T. about connecting elite coaches with everyday athletes giving them access to what it takes to get to that next level. is a game changer giving athletes access to premium coaching in over 25 sports.
August 03, 2021
Episode #9 | Ryan Banta - 400m Tactical Training
Coach Ryan Banta returns to the On Track & Field podcast and dives deeper into 400m training and the energy systems the body taps into when training for the 1 lap sprint. This 42 minute 'cast will not only give you 4 of the best 400m workouts your athletes can do but also the WHY you should be doing them. 
July 27, 2021
Episode #8 | Chris Korfist - Optimize Your Performance
World class sprint coach, Chris Korfist, walks you through his RPR (Reflexive Performance Reset) method for running injury prevention. A breath and body work system that is self applied, meaning athletes can do this on their own during both practice and competition. The best thing about the RPR system is that results can be felt immediately. 
July 20, 2021
Episode #7 | Brian FitzGerald - 4x100m Relay Theory
The fastest runner on your relay team runs which leg? If your fastest leg runs for Coach Brian FitzGerald's relay team, they probably run first. Coach 'Fitz' explains why and talks about other techniques that will make your relay team faster than your competitions. A must listen for relay coaches. 
July 13, 2021
Episode #6 | Pete Burridge
The very best thing you can do for recovery? Sleep! Guest Pete Burridge and J.T. talk sleep and recovery and just how important including it in to your daily routine is. 
July 06, 2021
Episode #5 | Ryan Banta
Host J.T. Ayers and guest Ryan Banta, author of The Sprinter's Compendium, break down the perfect 400m race plan. Learn what should happen in the first 60m of the race, where you should be at the 200m mark and what the last 40 meters looks (feels) like and how to combat the fatigue every athlete experiences in track & field's hardest race. 
June 29, 2021
Episode #4 | Brian Kula
You can't teach speed? Yes, yes you can and Brian Kula does just that. He's done it at the youth, high school, college and pro levels including some of the top NFL players currently playing in the NFL. J.T. and Brian talk about what goes in to being an élite athlete at any level.
June 22, 2021
Episode #3 | Speed Guru Tony Holler
This week's guest is the "Feed the Cats" creator and sprints coach guru, Tony Holler. Tony developed his sprint training program in 1999 and hasn't looked back nor has his athletes. He's had numerous Illinois state championships and he's one of the most sought after sprint coaches in the US. 
June 15, 2021
Episode #2 | coach Justin Wickard - Recruiting Expert
This week's podcast is all about how to get your high school athlete in front of college coaches and how to navigate the recruitment process. Listen to J.T. and coach Justin Wickard, one of the foremost experts on college recruiting, discuss the dos and don'ts of getting recruited. This week's episode is a must listen for any athlete, parent or family thinking about the next level. 
June 08, 2021
The On Track & Field Podcast | Show #1
This week, we sit down with Milesplit's Senior Manager of Business Development, Alonso Rodriguez, and learn exactly where Milesplit is headed as the leader in T&F and Cross Country coverage and registration. 
June 01, 2021
On Track & Field Podcast #1
Introducing the On Track & Field podcast to the world. 
May 07, 2021