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Registration for returning athletes is underway! Online registration for new athletes will start 1/1/13. Check back for the link for online registration link under on the Registration page. Also, go to our Calendar for more info.

Welcome to all of our returning and new Heat athletes. We are currently almost 90 members strong for the spring. We look forward to an exciting season. Interested in seeing how we perform, check out the calendar for where we will be running.

Interested in spring track and field? The time has come to register! Registration will be held at Kell High School on Saturdays, January 10, 17, and 24 from 10:00 until 2:00. The first practice/conditioning session/training session will begin on Monday January 26 and will last from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Practice/Trainings are held at Kell's track on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. A complete packet of forms can be downloaded on our registration page.

We express our congratulations and pride to all of our HEAT athletes who participated in their school's Cross Country season:

  • Natalie Bishop
  • Trey Williams
  • Monti Willis

Congratulations to Jonathan Dwyer, The Heat Track Club alumni (2003-2006). Jonathan was recently named ACC Player of the Year. For more information on Jonathan, access:

Congratulations to Natalie Bishop. Natalie placed 6th with a 16:32.52 in the USA Track & Field Georgia Association Youth Girls 4K Cross Country Championship held on November 15, 2008 at McIntosh Reserve in Winston, Georgia. She qualified for Regionals in Virginia, but elected to not declare.

Congratulations to Monti Willis for placing 4th in the AAU District Cross Country Championship Meet held on November 1 2008 at Salem Baptist Chrch in McDonough, Georgia. Monti competed in the Youth Girls 4K competition. Her official time was 21.51.28. Monti qualifies for the National Championship to be held on December 6 in Alabama.

Congratulations to Coach Brian Andrews on completing the USATF Level 1 Certification Course.

Interested in spring track and field? The time has come to register. Registration will be held at Kell High School on Saturdays, January 10, 17, and 24. The first practice/conditioning session/training session will begin on Monday January 26 and will last from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Practice/Trainings are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. A complete packet of forms can be downloaded on our registration page.

Congratulations to all of track team members who competed in GHSA Cross Country season. We are proud of your efforts, achievements, and commitment to running.

"We target more than Physical Achievement"Education, Health and Community involvement is what makes a Heat Athlete"

The Heat Track Club is in the process of sending another care package to the soldiers in Afghanistan. This time we asked them specifically for their needs. They are asking for tee shirts and sweat pants (grey). We want to send primarily large and extra large with only a few mediums.The Soldiers also would like to have laundry detergent and fabric softener, so if you can't find grey tees and sweats, then there is another option for you. Thanks to those of you who brought donations to the banquet. They were so grateful for the last package; they sent us two custom made tapestries in special appreciation for our support and sponsorship. The tapestries were shared at the recent banquet. Our troops been through a lot, and this little bit of home brings a joyous moment to a tough situation.We ask our athletes and parents to again write letters and/or send cards. We know that this will also be appreciated.

HHC 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion 506th Regimental Combat Team 101st Airborne Division recently honored The Heat Track Club"s Community Outreach Program with two tapestries for the support received through letters and care packages.

Celebrating Friendships, Accomplishments, and Talents

On the afternoon of Sunday, September 10, athletes of The Heat Track Club and their families and friends came together to celebrate the accomplishments and talents of our Heat athletes. The banquet began with an opportunity for everyone to socialize and served as a reunion of friends. Following the socialization time, the Heat held its first talent show and some of our athletically talented athletes shared some of their other talents. Art work was displayed, songs were sung, several athletes played instruments and showcased their musical talent, poetry was recited, and cheers and skits were performed.

The program began with the recognition of both our founders, Tony Dwyer and Maury Embry. We were also honored to have one of the original accomplished Heat athletes, Jonathan Dwyer, starting running back for Georgia Tech in attendance. He periodically comes out during the season to cheer our team on and to assist our club. On the evening of the banquet he joined us in celebration of our accomplishments.

We were also honored to unveil two tapestries sent to us by HHC 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion 506th Regimental Combat Team 101st Airborne Division, in congratulations and honor of our accomplishments and in gratitude for our support and sponsorship of letters and care packages.

The banquet was held in the Kell High School and recognized every summer athlete with a trophy, as well as parent volunteers. In additional to the summer commitment awards, individual athlete recognitions were also made. Congratulations to the following athletes for their individual accomplishments:

Coaches Award
(1st Year Performance)
Genesis Young
Alexander "AZ" Reese
Coaches Award
Remel Williams
Nygel Edmonds
Coaches Award
Chimari Allen
Amber Lewis
Shanel Bur
Ty Griffin
Kasey Rollins
Coaches Award
Savannah Bray
Lance Arnold
Coaches Award
(Team Spirit)
Sarah Gardner
Tyriq Hardimon
Coaches Award
Langston Arnold
Zane Hodges
Max Hess
Coaches Award
Gabrielle Piper
Marshara Fross
Davis Wilson
Sean Luckie
Coaches Award
Ioni Christian
Courtland Walls
Coaches Award
Natalie Bishop
Sierra Hendrix-Williams
Sportsmanship Award Nolan Edmonds
Morgan Bone
DJ Render
Teamwork Award: 1. Bantam Boys Relay (Davis Wilson, Tyriq Hardimon, Sierra Hendrix-Williams, Darrel "DJ" Render)
2. Midget Boys Relay (Taj Griffin, Nygel Edmonds, Princeton Geter, Devin Granville)
3. Youth Boys Relay (Sean Luckie, Alexander "AZ: Reese, Jordan Jackson, Devon Williams)
4. Young Women Relay (Ioni Christin, Shelly Lester, Liz Bond, Adiyah Crute)
Most Improved Athlete
Dyanna Freeman
Most Improved Athlete
Cornelius "CJ" Scott
Most Outstanding Athlete
Monti Willis
Most Outstanding Athlete
Derrik Allen
Heat Athlete of the Year Kendell Williams

In addition to the athletes" awards for track and field performance was the announcement of the Slogan Contests. Over 150 slogans were submitted. It was a difficult task to chose a winner, but after several ballot votes, the following winning entries with categories and name of athletes were determined:

T-Shirt Winners: Derrik and Chimari Allen
Slogan: "Caution " Overexposure to THE HEAT may be dangerous!"
Banner Winners: Derrik and Chimari Allen
Slogan: "Warning " you will soon experience extreme HEAT"
Trailer Winner: Lance Arnold
Title: THE HEAT ""Today"s Champions "Tomorrow"s Legends"
Brochure Winner: Dyanna Freeman
Title: "We target more than Physical Achievement"Education, Health and Community involvement is what makes a Heat Athlete".

Supporting our Troops

In the winter of 2008, The Heat began its plans to become more involved in non-athletic, community involvement by adding a Community Outreach Committee to its Board of Directors. Tamiko Griffin, Heat Parent of three athletes, was elected to chair the committee.

Among the activities and plans was that of supporting our troops. The athletes and parents began collecting a variety of items for a care package. The targeted date to send the package was Wednesday, May 7. Items to be collected included disposable cell phones, canned goods, condiments, coffee/tea/hot chocolate, microwavable foods, powdered drinks, snacking foods, toiletries, and recreational items like games, puzzle books, and nerf balls.

We collected large bins of GOODIES. We also collected some cell phones. We were very fortunate that some of our sponsors and parents" employees chipped in and helped us with free calling cards for our soldiers, cases of cookies, and free shipping preparation. Thank you to all who supported us in this endeavor.

HEAT athlete wins silver at Hersheys!

Congratulations to Monti Willis on her second place win at Hershey"s North American Track and Field Finale! Monti Willis was among five athletes invited to participate in the 2008 Hershey"s North American Track and Field Games. Also invited were Jordan Jackson, Alexander "AZ" Reese, Sean Luckie, and Dyante Neal.

Jordan, AZ, Sean and Dyante were selected for their GRPA Championship achievement in the 4x100m Relay. Monti was chosen for her 800m run. Although the Relay team did not compete, Monti did. After completing her events at the AAU National Junior Olympics in Michigan, her family drove her to Hershey, Pennsylvania so that she could compete. She came in second, earning her the silver medal. Completes results can be found at:

With over 400,000 children competing in the Hershey's Track & Field Games annually., it is the largest youth sports program of its kind in the United States and Canada. Track & field meets take place in every state and every province in North America. Hundreds of athletes make it to the grand finale " the North American Final in Hershey, Pennsylvania.The North American Final isn't all about running, jumping, and throwing; it's also a chance to have fun and make new friends! Here's a brief itinerary of what Monty experienced while in Hershey, Pennsylvania:

Thursday " Arrival in Hershey
" Fun Day activities
" Olympian presentation
Friday " Regional team photos
" Regional team workout on track
" Tour of Hershey Chocolate plant
" HERSHEYPARK Entertainment Complex
" Hershey's Chocolate World
Saturday " Opening ceremonies
" North American Final
" North American Final celebration
" Dance/activities
Sunday " Athletes returned home

The Hershey's Track & Field Games has been a national event and now a North American event since 1978. The Hershey Youth Program, founded in 1975 by Dr. Donald P. Cohen in Charleston, W.V. has grown from a local playground event in one community to one of the largest youth sports programs in North America. The program is designed to encourage physical fitness among youth and emphasize sportsmanship.

The Hershey's Track & Field Games is endorsed by the National Recreation and Park Association, USA Track & Field, and Athletics Canada, and is solely funded by The Hershey Company. More information can be found at:

Georgia Youth HEATs Up Detroit!!

During the week of July 29-August 4 at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.held at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48 members of The Heat Track Club competed in a national field of nearly 10,000 youth track and field athletes. We are proud to announce that Heat athletes earned a total of 29 finalists medals; five gold, eleven silver, three bronze and ten copper for placing in the 4th " 8th positions.

Highlights of the week"s competition included gold medals by athletes Derrik Allen (8) " 400m run, Taj Griffin (11) " long jump, and Kendell Williams (13) " 100m and 200m hurdles, and pentathlon. Allen and Williams set new Jr. Olympic National Records in the 400 meter run and the 100 meter hurdles.

Other Heat medal winners are:

Chimari Allen (9) " high jump; Derrik Allen (8) " 200m; Morgan Bone (11) " race walk; Shanel Burr (12) " 80m hurdles, pentathlon; Nolan Edmonds (9) " long jump; Dyanna Freeman (11) " race walk; Sarah Gardner (13) - race walk; Tyriq Hardiman (10) " 4 x 400 relay; Sierra Hendrix-Williams (10) " 4 x 400 relay; Ty Griffin (13) " pole vault; Amber Lewis (12) " 80m hurdles, pentathlon; Gabrielle Piper (16) " 100m hurdles; Darrel Render (10) " long jump, 4 x 400 relay; Payton Vernon (11) " race walk; Kendell Williams (13) long jump, 400m; Vaughn Williams III (15) " race walk; Monti Willis (14) " pentathlon; Davis Wilson (10) " 4 x 400 relay.

"We are very proud of our young athletes and record breakers, said Head Coach Blane Williams. They"ve trained hard and to make it to the Junior Olympics is an accomplishment worthy of recognition. It"s a long season, starting back as far as January for some. This is a true achievement."

The Heat Track Club consists of young athletes ranging in age from 5 " 18. The Club trains and practices at Kell High School during the spring and more competitive summer program. Summer competition series concludes in national USA Track Field and AAU Junior Olympic events. For more information about The Heat Track Club youth program visit our website at, or contact us at 770.234.6834 or

It is with great pride that we announce that five of our athletes have made the Marietta Daily Journal Cobb County All- County Girls Track Team. These athletes are: Ioni Christian (Kell HS) Shelly Lester (Kell HS) Gabrielle Piper (Lassiter HS) Adiyah Crute (Kell HS) Liz Bond (Kell HS) Most of these girls have been running with our team since they were elementary and/or middle school. We also had three of our former members who were named as Honorable Mentions ( Alexandria McKee-Lassiter HS, Julienne McKee- Lassiter HS, and Suzzette Van-Lare " Lassiter HS). Congratulations to each of these current or former HEAT athletes. We are proud of you!

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