HAPPY NEW YEAR and beyond from the MileSplit IL family!
NOW is a time to reflect on the past cross country season and enjoy the lull. That may include spending time with family and friends and recharging the battery before the upcoming indoor campaign. In the interim, check out our reasons to get down with with indoor track and field!
Top Five Reasons To Compete In Early Season Indoor Competitions
#1: If you missed out on the sensation outdoor fall training season but now are complaining about how cold it is, you need to compete indoors. Sitting down with your coach or trainer to map out short and long-term goals is the first step toward success. The best way to catch up if you missed those nice four months outside is to get yourself lathered is finding a place warm inside to workout and later choose several meets to master your craft. It usually takes about four competitions before you see favorable results.
#2: Midwest weather is very tricky until early May. How many meets have we seen canceled in April due to less than ideal conditions like snow, high winds of a tornado variety, or even incessant rain that is downright awful? If you are a senior and have personal goals intermittently or beyond high school, do not let Mother Nature put you in a bad spot.
#3: Gain valuable experience now and get the jump on your competition. January, February, and even March is are excellent months to prep yourself for the foreseeable outdoor season where things get real. During this so-called doldrum time period, you have the advantage.
#4: If you are interested in getting a college coach's attention, the time is now. Many coaches are always recruiting and scouting whether you are a freshman or senior. There is no better way to get their attention for a potential scholarship than putting up good results early and often.
#5: Don't put off for tomorrow when you can do it now. We often hear coaches and athletes say, 'ahh May or June is where it counts most.' This is certainly true to an extent, but remember the foundation is more times than not set in January or February.
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2022 Louisville and Chicago MileSplit engineered meets:
1/7- CYUP Cabin Fever Invitational (registration open)
-The first meet of the season will be at the mammoth-sized Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center in Louisville. This is perhaps America's top hidden jewel. Those who chose to participate in this very early season affair are in for a treat. Some of the nation and region's top talent.
1/16 Morolake Akinosun Elite Invitational (registration open)
-The Olympian Morolake Akinosun returns for her second installment at the Chicago Gately Track & Field Center. It was the first official track and field invitational last February and was very successful. This event will be event-specific with the intention of drawing top-tier talent based on the number of entries entered.
1/22- CYUP Misfits Invitational (registration open)
-Indoor track and field can be a unique cutting edge sport. Just like the term suggests, the Misfits Invite specializes in unique events such as the 300, 600, and 1000m. There will be traditional events such as the 60m, 60HH, mile, two-mile, field events, and several relays.
In this year's edition, there will be an invitational mile race sponsored by HOKA ONE Shoe Company. This event is going after the top 12 girls and boys milers. It is guaranteed to be one of the major events of the undercover season.
2/5- Louisville Indoor Games (registration open)
-Last year's first big high school style invitational should be the real deal. Expect to see athletes come in droves from Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and statewide Kentucky.
-Dr. Worrill, one of the foremost civil rights leaders of Chicago was also an avid track and field advocate. Dr. Worrill made it a life mission to get a premier indoor facility built in the city for the kids. His dream would come to
2/18-2/20- MVP Vibefest Chicagoland (registration is open)
-This new 3-day event is going to be an explosion with high school, professional, and club competing on three separate days.
3/5- Illinois Meet of Champions Showcase (registration open)
-This is could be a better version of last year's installment if out of town athletes flock to Chicago