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2016 USATF Hershey Youth Outdoors ready for strong start


INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 3,000 of the country’s best young athletes will descend on Central Pennsylvania for the 2016 USATF Hershey National Youth Outdoor Championships, June 28-July 3 in Millersville, Pennsylvania.
With 2,700 athletes already registered for the 6-day event, 2016 promises to be one of the largest-ever editions of the meet. USATF’s digital portal,, will provide a live webcast of the meet free of charge, and fans can be part of the conversation on social media using the hashtag #HersheyYouth.
In Millersville, athletes compete in age-group competition, from Under 8 to 17-18, but the USATF Hershey Youth Championships are more than just a track meet. All participants receive free USATF Nike backpacks, Hershey One Sweet Celebration pins, and can enjoy the USATF Future Stars activities.
On Friday, July 1, USATF and Hershey will host “One Sweet Celebration” at Brooks Field on the Millersville University Campus. Athletes, coaches, officials and their families will enjoy a Fourth of July-style cookout, DJ, carnival games and a RunJumpThrow station, showcasing USATF and Hershey’s national youth activity program.
“Thanks to our partnership with Hershey, USATF has been able to take our Youth Championships to the next level,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “The meet cultivates a welcoming atmosphere that celebrates athletic success while also rewarding the journey for kids becoming the best they can be.”
Considered among the top facilities in Central Pennsylvania, Chryst Field at Biemesderfer Stadium on the Millersville University Campus was constructed in 2005 and includes regulation jump and vault areas, a new steeplechase pit and stadium lighting. The field features facilities for high/triple jump, javelin, shot put, and discus/hammer.
Follow along with the action with the live webcast on, and join the conversation by following USATF on TwitterFacebook and Instagram using the hashtag #HersheyYouth.
For more information on the 2016 USATF Hershey Youth National Outdoor Championships, visit

Jill Geer
Chief Public Affairs Officer
USA Track & Field

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