About Us

The Girard Warriors Youth Track Club is a faith-based non-profit 501(c)(3) AAU sanctioned club that formed in 2016.  The purpose of the track club is to introduce students to track and field, foster a love for the sport, promote healthy lifestyle choices, and build character.

The team is located in Girard but is open to athletes in the surrounding communities.

**For questions, please see the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

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Head Coach

Nate Clevenger is the head coach of the Girard Warriors Track Club.  He attended Erie High School where he was a state champion in the triple jump, a track athlete at Pittsburg State University, and coached high school track for seven years before becoming a middle school track & field coach in 2003-2004.  He is a teacher at Girard Middle School and is an active member of Countryside Christian Church in Pittsburg.  He is married to Maria, who is the Girard Warriors club manager.  They have four children, Brett, (Chaz), Reese, and Quinn.

Throwing Coach

Andrew Burnett attended Erie High School before he threw javelin at Allen Co. Community College.  He was an assistant coach with Coach Clevenger at St. Mary’s Colgan HS, working with several league champions and state qualifiers. He was also instrumental in the javelin and discus success of his sister in-law who set the Kansas state 4A javelin record, was an All-American AAU thrower and earned a scholarship to Oklahoma University.  Andrew currently works full time in electronics engineering and has a BS degree from Pittsburg State University.

Jumping Coach

Morgan Samuels ran track and field at Girard High School and was a state medalist in the high jump, long jump & 4x400M relay. She was also on the women’s basketball and track teams at Ottawa University where she was a KCAC conference champion in the long jump. She recently earned her Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She and her husband, Preston Samuels, currently reside in Osawatomie, KS.

Pole Vault Coach

Laney Lawson ran track for 4 years at Southeast HS and qualified for state 3 times in long jump and triple jump. She also ran cross country for 2 years in high school. Laney has coached at Pittsburg Community Middle School, Pittsburg High School, and coaches cross country and track & field at Southeast High School and Middle School. She currently teaches low incidence special education at Pittsburg Community Middle School.

Distance Coach

Korey Kimrey attended school and ran track at Southeast High School. He then ran track and cross country at Pitt State before graduating and then becoming the head high school at his alma mater.  He is now an assistant track coach at Girard High School.

Javelin Coach

Leah Smith was an All American javelin thrower at Pittsburg State University.

Hurdle Coach

Nick Cheney attended Baxter Springs where he qualified for state track in 5 events and medaling in 2 events. He is part of school record 4×100 (43.9), 4×400 (3:26.) and 4×800 ( 8:26). He has coached track and field at Southeast since 2008. He was the head jr. high coach from 2008 -2009, the assistant high school coach from 2010-2014 and the head coach from 2015- Present. Southeast has won 2 league team titles in girls 2018 and 2019 and finished runner-up in 2016 and 2017 in the CNC. He has coached multiple state qualifiers and medalists at Southeast in the hurdles. This past year had the number one ranked 110 m Hurdler in 2A all year and the 5th ranked  in all classes (14.47). Southeast has also broken 10 school records while he has been coaching at Southeast. He has taught at The Learning Center in Girard for the last 5 years and is also an active member of FLAG church in Pittsburg.

Assistant Coach

Brian Norton has been involved in the Warriors Track Club since the beginning in 2016.  After never before being involved in track and field, Brian has worked extremely hard at learning the proper techniques for many of the events.  He is an extremely hard worker and gives generously of his time.

Assistant Coach

Erin Knox attended Girard Schools where she was actively involved in many aspects of school life, including track and field.  This will be Coach Knox’s first year as an assistant and is excited to get started.  She will be helping in many different areas this season.

Club Manager

Maria Clevenger is the manager of the Warriors Track Club.  However, she has been trying to manage Coach Clevenger for more than 20 years.  Maria works hard to keep things organized and keep people informed.  If you have questions about anything, feel free to ask her.

Contact Us

Nate Clevenger
Head Coach

Maria Clevenger
Club Manager


What is the best way to find out the most information about the club?

We have a meeting for parents the week before Spring Break. Attending this meeting does NOT commit you to the club. It’s simply a way for us to get lots of information to a lot of people at once while giving them an opportunity to ask questions. Our parent meeting is typically just for new families that haven’t previously been a part of the club, however, in 2020, our parent meeting will be for ALL families involved as we are making some changes as to the way things are done and it will effect all participants.

While the parents are inside meeting, the kids go outside to the track with a couple of coaches and some older kids to do a team warmup and try out some of the events. They have fun!

When is the club’s regular season?

We start after Spring Break and practice through June. If athletes qualify for the Junior Olympics, those athletes will continue to work with coaches until after the JO are over, which is late July/early August.

What is the commitment requirement for the team? Is it like other travel sports where you have to be at everything?

The short answer is that the commitment you have to the team is completely up to you as a family. The only requirements we have are that the athlete information form must be filled out for each athlete, the club fee must be paid for each athlete, and the medical release be signed and turned in for each athlete.

No one is required to be at practice and no one is required to attend meets. Most of our meets are in the KC area, and while meets are good for the athletes, we totally understand that some families don’t want to attend. We actually have quite a few families that only attend practice when they can, and we’re totally okay with that.

What are the costs of the meets?

Meet costs range from $10-$25 per athlete.

Is there anything to do in the off-season?

While we don’t hold practices beyond our regular season, there are some meets in the off-season that athletes are welcome to attend. Most are for middle school and high school age athletes. The fee for those is whatever the meet fee is plus the $16 AAU membership that we require for insurance purposes. For more information on how to get signed up for those, please email nate@warriorstrackclub.org.

Spikes for indoor meets usually have to be 1/8 in or 1/4 in pyramid spikes. Athletes do have to have their spikes checked before each indoor meet.

When can my child start?

Kids K-6th grade can start right after spring break. Athletes that compete at the middle school level can join after their school season is over, and likewise, high school athletes can join after their school season is over.