Black Hills State University will host the seventh annual Black Hills Distance Running Camp July 25-28. The camp, directed by Scott Walkinshaw, tenth-year head coach for the BHSU cross country and track and field teams, will include current and former members of the BHSU cross country team and coaching staff as well as special guest clinicians.

The Yellow Jacket Distance Running Camp will feature a technical analysis of running form, sessions on strength training, proper nutrition, and goal setting, training development and guidelines, a current fitness assessment, hydro training, steeplechase training, terminology and racing tactics. Guest clinicians, Forry Flaagan, Rapid City Stevens, Rick Bishop, Cheyenne Central, and Dennis Newell, University of Mary, will provide expert advice in a variety of areas. Every camper will receive a t-shirt and a water bottle.

Campers have the option of staying in the residence halls with meals provided. Check-in is Wednesday, July 25 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Pangburn Hall on the BHSU campus. Campers will check out Saturday, July 18 at 11 a.m.

The Yellow Jacket women’s cross country teams have won seven out of the last eight Dakota Athletic Conference titles and the men have won six out of the last seven. The women’s team has placed in the top 16 at the NAIA national meet the last eight years finishing runner-up in 2005 and third in 2002. The men’s team has earned national runner-up honors twice (2000 and 2003) while placing in the top 17 the last seven years. The Yellow Jackets were also NAIA Combined Team National Champions in 2000, runner-up in 2001 and 2002 and third in 2005 and 2006. Individually, 21 athletes have earned All-American honors in cross country in the past nine years. BHSU is the only NAIA University to qualify both men and women’s team to the national meet since 2000.

Contact Walkinshaw at 642-6486 or visit www.BHSU.edu/athletics/ for further details.