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Posted by Greg Scoggins at May 4, 2019 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
The Gazelles Track Club has been serving the Northeast Tarrant County, Texas area since 1996, providing a safe, wholesome and fun place for kids ages 5 to 18 to train for track and field each summer. The Gazelles are members of TAAF (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation), USATF (USA Track and Field) and AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and provide access to summer meets sponsored by each of these track and field governing bodies. image


The Gazelles Track Club 2020 season is about to begin!  The Grapevine practices will begin Monday, May 18th from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM at the Heritage Middle School track, located at 5300 Heritage Avenue in Colleyville, behind the high school off Highway 121 between Hall-Johnson Road and Glade Road.  Practices will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM until July 8th.  The morning workouts begin on June 2nd and meet each Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM until July 8th.  The Justin practices begin on May 19th at Northwest ISD’s Texan Stadium.  The Justin practices will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Interested participants may register by emailing Coach Scoggins at Registration forms may also be turned in at any practice until June 25th, and the athlete may participate that same day.  Uniforms and parent / athlete t-shirts are ordered online separately by visiting:

A parent meeting will be held on Monday, May 18th at 7:00 PM at the Heritage Middle School track during the introductory practice. During the meeting, we will present information about the Gazelles, schedules, coaching and training philosophies, registration fees and ordering team uniforms. The first practice session will be held during this meeting and cover the warmup and stretching routine used throughout the season, as well as an introduction to proper running form and technique.

The summer track meet schedule has not been set by the region, and last year’s dates are listed below. All the regular circuit track meets before Regionals and State will follow the same schedule, where both running and field events begin at 8:00 am on a rolling schedule.  The link to the TAAF Region 4 website is .

June 2, 2018 – Arlington Bowie High School - 2101 Highbank Dr, Arlington, TX 76018 

June 9, 2018 – Lake Dallas High School -  3016 Parkridge Drive, Corinth, TX  76210 

June 16, 2018 – Mineral Wells High School - 3801 Ram Blvd Mineral Wells, TX 76067

June 23, 2018 – Flower Mound High School – 3411 Peters Colony, Flower Mound, TX 75077

June 30, 2018 - Little Elm Athletic Complex – 1151 E.Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, 75068 

July 7, 2018 -  Lewisville High School – 1908 W Main Street, Lewisville, TX 75067 

July 12 – 13, 2018 Regional Meet - Weatherford High School – 2121 Bethel Road, Weatherford, TX 76087

July 26 – July 29, 2018 - TAAF State Games of Texas, College Station High School Stadium, 1812 Welsh Avenue, College Station, TX  77840

Athletes should plan to arrive at the meet approximately 45 minutes prior to the first event they wish to participate in.   If you and your child do not know what events they would like to participate in, just come at 8:00 AM and we will send them into running events as they are announced. Your child needs to be registered with TAAF prior to participating in the circuit meets, but not pre-registered for any events at the meet.  Pre-registration is only required for the Regional meet.

Since there is no way to determine exactly when an event will begin, it is best to arrive at the beginning of the day by 8:00 AM. Simply purchase a plastic wristband for $5 at the front gate for your child to participate, and find other Gazelles families to set up camp with. Coaches will be helping athletes on the track, and it is very important for parents to listen to the announcements about upcoming events, and encourage the Gazelles athletes who are interested in each event to begin warming up and reporting to the check-in area near the starting line. We want to encourage the young athletes to try different events in these practice meets, as there are no ‘wrong’ choices on events. Simply choose an event and do it to the best of your ability. Most meets limit the kids to 3 or 4 events per day.

Each meet has running and field events beginning at 8:00 AM. The running events follow a ‘rolling schedule’, with each event beginning immediately following the conclusion of the prior event. The typical order for running events is as follows:

(Girls, then Boys, Youngest to Oldest Age Divisions)

The 3,200 Meter Run for ages 14 and up is run at 8:00 AM.

80 / 100 / 110 Meter Hurdles

4 × 100 Meter Relay
800 Meter Run
100 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
50 Meter Dash (8 & Under Only)
300 Meter Hurdles
200 Meter Dash
1,600 Meter Run
4 × 400 Meter Relay

TAAF rules govern what events kids in each age group may participate in.  Look over this list and let your child(ren) enter events you think they might like at the circuit practice meets. This allows them to try out an event before committing to it by registering for the Regional Meet.

Track & Field Events: (Per Division)

- 8 & Under (Boys & Girls) – Born in 2010, 2011 and 2012

50 Meters                            800 Meters
100 Meters                           400 Meter Relay (4 X 100)
200 Meters                           Long Jump
400 Meters                           High Jump

- 10 & Under – Born in 2008 and 2009

Boys                                   Girls
100 Meter                          100 Meters
200 Meter                         200 Meters
400 Meters                        400 Meters
800 Meters                        800 Meters
1600 Meters                       1600 Meters
Long Jump                           Long Jump
High Jump                           High Jump
Shot Put (6 lbs)                   Shot Put (6 lbs)
400 M Relay (4×100)           400 M Relay (4×100)
1600 M Relay (4×400)         1600 M Relay (4×400)

- 12 & Under – Born in 2006 and 2007

Boys                                       Girls
100 Meters                            100 Meters
200 Meters                           200 Meters
400 Meters                           400 Meters
800 Meters                           800 Meters
1600 Meters                          1600 Meters
80 M Hurdles (8-30")            80 M Hurdles (8-30")
Long Jump                              Long Jump
High Jump                              High Jump
Shot Put (6 lbs)                      Shot Put (6 lbs)
400 M Relay (4×100)              400 M Relay (4×100)
1600 M Relay (4×400)           1600 M Relay (4×400)

- 14 & Under – Born in 2004 and 2005

Boys                                        Girls
100 Meters                               100 Meters
200 Meters                               200 Meters
400 Meters                               400 Meters
800 Meters                               800 Meters
1600 Meters                             1600 Meters
3200 Meters                            3200 Meters
110 M Hurdles (10-36")             110 M Hurdles (10-30")
300 M Hurdles (8-30")             300 M Hurdles (8-30")
Long Jump                                 Long Jump
Triple Jump                              Triple Jump
High Jump                                 High Jump
Pole Vault                                  Pole Vault
Shot Put (8 lbs)                         Shot Put (8 lbs)
Discus Throw (2 lbs 3 1/2oz)     Discus Throw (2 lbs 3 1/2oz)
400 M Relay (4×100)                 400 M Relay (4×100)
1600 M Relay (4×400)               1600 M Relay (4×400)

- 16 & Under – Born in 2002 and 2003

Boys                                                      Girls
100 Meters                                           100 Meters
200 Meters                                          200 Meters
400 Meters                                          400 Meters
800 Meters                                          800 Meters
1600 Meters                                         1600 Meters
3200 Meters                                        3200 Meters
110 M High Hurdles (10-39")                110 M Hurdles (10-33")
300 M Int. Hurdles (8-36")                 300 M Low Hurdles (8-30")
Long Jump                                            Long Jump
Triple Jump                                         Triple Jump
High Jump                                            High Jump
Pole Vault                                              Pole Vault
Shot Put (12 lbs)                                   Shot Put (8 lbs 13oz)
Discus Throw (3 lbs 9oz)                      Discus Throw (2 lbs 3 1/2oz)
400 M Relay (4×100)                            400 M Relay (4×100)
1600 M Relay (4×400)                         1600 M Relay (4×400)

- 18 & Under – Born in 2000, 2001 and those athetes who are still 18 on August 1st, 2018 and have not competed at the college level in any Track & Field competition.

Boys                                                      Girls
100 Meters                                           100 Meters
200 Meters                                          200 Meters
400 Meters                                          400 Meters
800 Meters                                          800 Meters
1600 Meters                                        1600 Meters
3200 Meters                                       3200 Meters
110 M High Hurdles (10-39")                110 M High Hurdles (10-33")
300 M Int. Hurdles (8-36")                 300 M Int. Hurdles (8-30")
Long Jump                                            Long Jump
Triple Jum                                           Triple Jump
High Jump                                            High Jump
Pole Vault                                             Pole Vault
Shot Put (12 lbs)                                  Shot Put (8 lbs 13oz)
Discus Throw (3 lbs 9oz)                      Discus Throw (2 lbs 3 1/2oz)
400 M Relay (4×100)                            400 M Relay (4×100)
1600 M Relay (4×400)                          1600 M Relay (4×400)

The document Gazelles_New_Handout_2020.pdf was attached to this post.

The Gazelles Track Club will take the day off with no practices on both Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th, and Independence Day on Thursday, July 4th.

Cory Carter, a longtime member of the Grapevine Gazelles Track Club, competed in the Games of America in San Diego and placed 4th in both the triple jump and the 400 meter hurdles.  Carter, an incoming sophomore at Trinity High School, also placed 11th in the 400 meter hurdles and 29th in the triple jump at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics in Wichita, Kansas the week before. Carter recorded season bests of 40’ 7 1/2 “ in the triple jump and 58.97 seconds in the 400 meter hurdles.

“Cory excelled on the national stage, and we are very proud of him,” said Greg Scoggins, founder and head coach of the Grapevine Gazelles.  “Cory has continued to build on the legacy of national and state champions training with the Grapevine Gazelles and our coaching staff has enjoyed preparing him for competitions this summer.”

The TAAF State Meet was held July 28th through July 31st at Baylor University in Waco.  The Gazelles qualified 11 athletes in 14 events for the state meet.  The team was led by incoming Grapevine High School sophomore Emily Hart, who placed 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles with a personal best time of 15.67.  T.J. Shelton placed 3rd in the high jump, and 9th in the long jump.  Rachel Sutliff placed 5th in the 800 meter run and Cassidy Parshall placed 8th in the 1,600.  Zachary Brown placed 12th in the 80 meter hurdles, and Jerome Lewis and Alyssa Molina each placed 13th in their age divisions in the long jump.  Landon Samson placed 14th in the high jump.

The Grapevine Gazelles Track Club began in 1996 and just completed their 16th season.  The Gazelles have crowned numerous State and National champions since their inception, and 23 former Gazelles have earned college athletic scholarships.  The team has approximately 60 team members each season.

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Gazelles Excel at TAAF State Games of Texas

Posted by Greg Scoggins at Aug 7, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The Grapevine Gazelles Track Club was well represented during the TAAF State Games of Texas, held August 5th through the 8th at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  The Gazelles were led by 14 year old Cory Carter, who became the latest in a distinguished list of State and National Champions for the club since 1996.  Carter won the 300 meter hurdles in a near state record time of 42.33, with a winning margin of over half a second.  Carter also placed 3rd in the triple jump with a leap of 39' 2.5" (a 2' 8" personal best), and 12th in the long jump.

Jerome Lewis placed 4th in the 14 year old boys long jump with a leap of 18' 5", while Cassidy Parshall placed 8th in the 12 year old girls 1,600 meter run with a time of 6:05.21 and 14th in the 800 meter run.  Teammate Rebecca Moore placed 14th in the same race, and Reid Harrison-Ducros placed 19th in the 14 year old boys 800 meter run.

Most of the Gazelles were in the youngest portion of their age bracket, and will return to the same division next year with high hopes.  The entire Grapevine Gazelles Track Club had an outstanding season; training hard, improving times and distances, and enjoying success at meets.  Thank you to all the young athletes, their parents and the Gazelles coaching staff.  See you next season.