Wisconsin Lutheran College - Track and Field




November 18th
Time: 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Cost: $23
  7:30 AM - 8:15 AM Fun Run
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast/Vendors
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Dr. Zach Shiels - Injury Prevention
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Break/Vendor Walk
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Beyond the Track - Presented by Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch and Vendors
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Caitlin Comfort - Distance
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Eric Kramer Hurdles

12:45 - 1:30 PM Closing Remarks - Meet and Greet

The Warriors Track & Field Coaches Clinic was created to provide coaches with opportunities to continue their education in the sport of track & field, while creating relationships with other high school and college coaches. Situated between the cross country and track & field season, coaches are welcomed who are just starting out or are seasoned veterans. The clinic presenters pack a dynamic punch, offering advice and the chance to learn more about athletes’ sports psyche, new methods for injury care and prevention, as well as selecting a class for gaining knowledge on the art of creating a hurdle dynasty, or the balance of distance training. The Warriors track & field coaching staff is excited to welcome you and looks forward to a day of insight and great fun. Vendors will be on hand during breaks, and a box lunch will be provided.

Location: Aspire Hall Classroom (Click here for directions to campus.)

For questions and information, contact:

Shelby Spaciel
Head Track & Field Coach


Caitlin Comfort

A professional runner with team Oiselle, is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she helped the Badgers secure three NCAA Cross Country Championship appearances. At UW, Comfort was a two-time Second Team All-American and a two-time Big Ten champion in the 5,000m and 10,000m. Transitioning effortlessly after college, she raced to a top 25 time at the USA Olympic Marathon trials, placing 23rd. Her training plans are based off her motto of balance, understanding that running is one piece to the identity of each athlete. 

Comfort is also the owner of Fearless Feet Running, working with clients to create training programs for their goals. As an ambassador for the sports of track & field and cross country, we welcome the insight from Comfort on the distance aspect!

Eric Kramer

Eric Kramer has seen student-athletes in his events be named All-American six times, break 26 school records, and win 38 individual Horizon League titles, with another 23 finishing as league runner-up in his five years with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers.

UWM continues to shine in hurdles - one of Kramer's primary coaching events. The Panthers won two more league titles, the six hurdle events in 2016, and finished first or second in all six events. They have now claimed 14 of the possible 30 league titles in those events in the past five years. In fact, the two teams have placed a whopping 59 individuals on the podium in those 30 events, including taking the top-five spots in the 60 meter hurdles in 2014.

Kramer has also seen two of his hurdlers make it all the way to the NCAA Championships. Nate Pozolinski earned Second Team All-American honors in both the 60m hurdles and 110m hurdles as a senior, one year after being named Honorable Mention All-American in the 110m hurdles in 2016.
Just two years prior, Kramer helped coach Durell Busby to First Team All-American honors after taking seventh in the nation in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Dr. Zach Shiels

A graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Dr. Zach Shiels is one of the most decorated runners in Wisconsin Lutheran College men's cross country history. Shiels was a four-time (2005-2008) all-conference selection while competing in both the Lake Michigan Conference and Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. In 2005, Shiels was named LMC Rookie of the Year. He was named All-Midwest Region in 2007 and 2008, and was named NACC Runner of the Year in 2008. Shiels became the first student-athlete in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships in 2008, finishing 158th out of 278 runners. He holds five of the 10 fastest 8k times, including the top two fastest times in program history. On the track, Shiels set the program record in the 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m, 10,000m, and the indoor 5,000m. 

Shiels is the owner and chiropractor at Elite Sport and Spine in Brookfield. He has built his practice on the individualized attention and care that each patient is given. Dr. Shiels extensively pursued post-graduate studies in the management of soft tissue injuries, running biomechanics, and orthopedics. You can find Dr. Shiels still out running, and at local running events providing care to athletes.

Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence

The Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence (LSPPE) are graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, working under the direction of Dr. Barbara Meyer. The mission of the LSPPE is to provide quality, evidence based consulting services around a variety of performance arenas (e.g., sport, firefighting, the performance arts, business, etc.) and also offer a unique opportunity for graduate students to simultaneously gain experience in the academic, research and applied facets of sport psychology.