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Track and Field


  • 100 m
  • 4 x 100 m relay
  • 400 m
  • 4 x 400 m relay
  • 800 m
  • 1600 m
  • Shot Put
  • High Jump
  • Long Jump
  • Pole Vault
  • Triple Jump

Endurance, Power, Strength, Intelligence

Our superior coaching and facilities anchor our track and field program. The ATLANTA 1996 program utilizes the George C. Griffin Track & Field Facility at Georgia Tech.

The George C. Griffin Track & Field Facility

The George C. Griffin Track & Field Facility, already considered one of the top sites in the Southeast for outdoor collegiate track competition, was recently improved as part of Georgia Tech's preparation for the Centennial Olympic Games.

The George C. Griffin Track & Field Facility
The George C. Griffin Track & Field Facility

Griffin Track was renovated with a state-of-the-art Mondo surface, similar to those used at Olympic Stadium and at the sites of the World Championships, USA Track and Field Indoor Championships and NCAA Indoor Championships, and was used as the workout track for the Olympic Village. In addition to Griffin Track's state of the art surface and locker rooms, the facility is enhanced by a scenic location which combines natural beauty with Atlanta's modern skyline.

The eight-lane, ultramodern Griffin Track is located between Tech's Rose Bowl practice football fields and the Bill Moore Tennis Center on Fowler Street. The grandstands bring the fans close to the action and give them an excellent view of the track as well as the Atlanta skyline.

Coaching Staff

Murray SANFORD — Since 2004, Director of the Atlanta International Prep Classic (ATLANTA CLASSIC), Former President of USA Track & Field-Georgia

Innocent EGBUNIKE — 4 time Olympian, Olympic Bronze Medallist, 1996-2000 Olympic Coach Nigeria Team, African/Commonwealth Record Holder 400 Meters

Nat PAGE — 1980 Olympic Team, NCAA Champion High Jumper and Top Ten in World in 400 m hurdles from 1990-92, Assistant Coach, Georgia Institute of Technology

Pam PAGE — 1984 Olympian, Head Coach, Clark Atlanta University

Victor KIRILLOV — Former USSR Team Doctor and Coach

To Be Named

The Sergey BUBKA Pole Vault Program at the ATLANTA 1996
Anatoly (Vitali) PETROV — Head Coach. For 16 years (1974-1990) Vitali coach Sergey BUBKA who (Sergey's best: 6m 14 outdoor, 6m 15 indoor.) set 20 World Records, won 2 Indoor World Championships, 2 outdoor World Championships, won the 1988 Olympic games (his only Olympic medal). Since 1991, Vitali Petrov is Coach at the Formia Olympic Training Center
Dominic JOHNSON — Assistant to Coach PETROV for the Pole Vault Clinics, 3 time Olympian (competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games)
Denis KHOLEV — Pole Vault Clinician, US 2000 NCAA I Pole Vault Champion

Our Programs Consists of:
Introduction: Staff, Facility and Coaching Staff
Physical Assessment: Aerobic, Anaerobic
Skills Assessment according to Discipline: Skill level, Strengths, Weaknesses, Success Strategy
Training Meeting: Coaching Staff, Goals, Objectives, Expectations, Strategic Planning including Milestones
Educational Planning: If applicable
Nutrition Program: Evaluation, Education, Implementation, Evaluation
Competition Program: Developing a competition schedule to enhance overall performance
Support System: ATLANTA 1996 Staff, Medical, Nutritional, Sports Psychology, Educational Advisors