Troy’s track, cross country season topics of day

TROY — Having athletes who are well-rounded and participate in multiple sports throughout the year is a key factor to Coach Kurt Snyder’s success with the Troy High School girls track and cross country teams. He shared his philosophy of coaching and plans for the 2016 season with Troy Rotarians during their weekly meeting on Aug. 2.

As a track coach for 11 years, and head coach for the past three, Snyder believes his multi-sport students are better prepared, more flexible and psychologically able to focus and compete better if they don’t concentrate on just one sport per year. The staff of the boys and girls track programs also share his philosophy and support system for the students. His methodology is working. The Troy girls team has won the Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) for the last two years. Two of his track athletes competed at the state tournament in 2015 in both the shot put and the 3200 meter run. Gracie Huffman was named GWOC North girls’ athlete of the year in 2015. Troy sponsors several invitational events and meets during the season. The city hosts the Miami County invitational every four years and is the permanent host of the GWOC tournament and district meets. Snyder also started the Up and Running tournament, in partnership with the Troy store by the same name, and it is an invitational in mid March. Snyder coordinates a summer track camp for younger children as a way to introduce them to the sport of track and field. School hasn’t yet resumed but practice and training for cross country have begun. Coach Snyder and his staff are looking forward to another successful season. To learn more about the program, visit

Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, over $23,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, visit