Staff Report

The Santa Ynez Youth Track Club will hold an informational meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at Sunny Fields Park in Solvang for parents of kids who are interested in participating.

The season will begin with a practice on March 1 and then Junior Olympic Team training on March 6. The coaches teach kids the proper form and technique for running, jumping, sprinting and throwing. Most kids in the club are multisport athletes who come to work on a specific skill, such as sprinting or jumping.

The SYYTC was started in 2014 by Chris Chirgwin and Cary Losson so that kids in kindergarten through eighth grade would have a place to learn about track and field.

Chirgwin has a background in both discus and high jump, and Losson was a distance runner. The club also has other former collegiate athletes and coaches who can provide expert teaching.

Participation costs $125 for kids in kindergarten through second grade and $150 for kids in third through eighth grades for the season, from March through May. That covers the cost of a jersey, shorts and travel to multiple track meets. Practices are held each Friday from 4:45 – 6 p.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School track.

Kids who want to participate in the Junior Olympic training circuit are charged an additional $75; practices are held Wednesday evenings from 4:45 – 6 p.m. at SYVUHS.

You can follow the club on Facebook by searching for Santa Ynez Youth Track, or contact Chirgwin at 805-451-9921 or email