Capital City Striders

                  Youth Track and Field


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Coach Ferrell would like to congratulate all Striders for a very, very successful track season.  We are restructuring our program for a new fiscal year which will start September 1, 2018 and conclude August 31, 2019. This will help our cash flow for years to come.  We thank those who have recently contributed to the Striders and would appreciate any further contributions to the Capital City Striders.

Our cross-country season started September 3, 2018. Practices are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the State Police Academy in Institute. Practices are at 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 am on Saturdays. Strider’s membership for this fiscal year is $100. The present AAU cards and USA Track and Field cards expire August 31, 2018 and December 31, 2018, respectively. Please renew your membership with Coach Ferrell as soon as possible so that AAU memberships may be renewed in a timely manner.

The AAU and USATF Cross Country meets qualifying athletes for AAU and USATF National meets will be held Saturday, November 10 at Coonskin Park, with the first race at 10 am.  Each athlete must have AAU and USATF memberships in order to register, and these take some time (up to weeks), so please renew memberships right away.  The AAU XC information sheet is here.  The USATF information sheet is here.

As you may or may not know, we have lost a member of our Striders’ family, Mr. Paul Gilmer. So let's continue on in his memory.

Coach Ferrell would like to thank and congratulate everyone participating in the qualifying meet for the nationals:

Luke Nichols   17-18 high jump gold medal

Erica Hegele    17-18 heptathlon  gold medal

David Hegele    11-12 pentathlon  gold medal

Roman Kellum   12-13 high jump  gold medal

Dwayne Ruffin    9-10  200 bronze medal

Dwayne Ruffin    9-10 800m bronze medal

Dianna Goodwin  17-18 pole vault  bronze medal

We congratulate two national winners, Erica Hegele and Luke Nichols!  Erica won 6th in the USATF 17-18 Heptathlon with a score of 4190, and 7th in the AAU 17-18 Heptathlon with a score of 3997, winning All American status! 

Also winning All American status in the Greensboro National Championships, Luke Nichols placed second in the 17-18 High Jump. 

Luke Nichols

The 2018 CCS Schedule is posted here, and the Cross Country schedule will be posted shortly.


You may join the Capital City Striders at any time during the year.  Please contact Coach Chip Ferrell if you or any other person that you know may want to join.  Coach Ferrell may be contacted at 304-766-9478 (home), 304-552-5306 (cell) or by e-mail at


Annual Club Membership fee for 2018 is $100.00 per athlete.  The membership includes individual memberships in USATF and AAU, plus a Strider T-Shirt, insurance, and entry fees for the Strider Invitational in June.

There are always opportunities for parents to assist with work parties, officiating, organizing, and preparation for events.  Please volunteer some of your time to help us out.  Call Coach Ferrell if you would like to volunteer, or if you have questions or concerns.


Our Striders in college are making us proud!  More information about Striders in College may be accessed from the Striders in College link in the menu at the top of each webpage.

Malika Houston

Carly Hinkle


Shannon Riley

Anacia Hines and Barkley Castro


Into this world we came

    And we came without a choice,

Our ancestors built this land

    And even then they had a voice.

But before they died they planted seeds,

    From each seed grew a child,

A beautiful child indeed.

Through time the cycle continued

    “Seeds” were planted year after year,

With the sweat and love of our parents

    And certainly not without their tears.

Those children are our future

    And they’ll open each door a little wider,

The ones you see before you now

    Are the very proud Capital City Striders.

As each one crosses a finish line

    They win more than just a race,

They win a chance to let it be known

    That they’re here to take their place.

Hey you Capital City Striders

    Though you may think each race is fun,

You’ve got a lot more work to do

    Before the real race is won.

The main event is with yourself

    Because parents can only do so much,

And they won’t always be around

    For you to just reach out and touch.

Whatever you do in life try to win

    But if you don’t, hold your head with pride,

Because no one can call you a quitter

    And we’ll love you because you tried.

Tackle life with ambition

    And make the doors open wider,

On the field be a team

    Because you are the Capital City Striders.

Always try your hardest

    And never hold yourselves back,

Remember it’s good to be a winner,

    So in your minds be just that.

                A STRIDER!

Coach Ferrell receiving the AAU Leadership Award!

Capital City Striders has established an ongoing partnership with the West Virginia Beverage Association. Through this grant and this ongoing partnership with the West Virginia Beverage Association, we will be able to reach more young student athletes and hopefully continue our longstanding tradition of positively impacting our community for many years ahead.

Capital City Striders Check Presentation

All Strider coaches and volunteers need to go to and renew their memberships and apply for a current Background check. 

The Capital City Striders  (CCS), located in Charleston, WV is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a club member of the USA Track & Field (USATF) as well as the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) organizations.  These organizations are the national governing bodies of track and field.  As a result of being a member of USATF and AAU, the CCS is a competitive level club.

The intent of the program is to provide proper training for the events of track & field, to engage in competition with other USATF and AAU clubs locally, regionally & nationally, and to have fun.  Athletes also gain valuable educational, social, and travel experiences, while developing confidence and respect for themselves and others.

Capital City Striders Pictures are here.

Check out Press Releases here

Check our Winners Page for Results from 2017 and earlier years!

Click link for important information on how to register for
AAU membership:

Capital City Striders, Inc.

Director:  Coach William “Chip” Ferrell

501 C (3) Non Profit

P O Box 1243

Charleston, WV 25325



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