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Sicklerville, New Jersey



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Welcome to the home of the Willis/Camden PAL track and field program.

The Willis Camden/PAL track and field program is a youth track and field program dedicated to the development of young student/athletes. Through social and athletic interaction, our athletes are trained to compete at the highest level possible in everything they do. We stress both academic and athletic achievement.

The club was originally founded as the Willis Athletic Club (WAC) by Albert Essilfie in 1993 in memory of the late Ike Willis, a coach, mentor, and athletic director at Pennsauken High School. In 2002 the club joined forces with the Camden Police Athletic League to provide a unique opportunity for the youth of Camden, Pennsauken and its surrounding communities. As a result of this union the club changed its name to Willis/Camden PAL. We have built a strong tradition and are focused on building upon it. We currently have 7 USATF Level 1 certified volunteer coaches who are dedicated to enhancing the sport of track and field and enriching the lives of the youth in our community.

Welcome to the team!

Coach Al

Thursday, July 31
Hardy Finished 2008 Season With 3 National Titles

Antwoine Hardy finished of a very succesful 2008 campaign by winning 3 national titles and finishing a close second in another.  First up was the 2008 Youth National Championships in Charlotte, NC.  Antwoine showed his top form in winning the 200m and 400m races for the midget (11-12) boys division.  Next up was the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska.  He finished first in the 400m and was runner-up in the 200m.  Antwoine only lost 2 races the whole season both by mere tenths of a second.  Due to his achievements he finished 2008 as the consensus top sprinter in his age division. 

Sunday, June 29
McDuffie Finishes 4th at Youth Nationals

Tiara McDuffie finished 4th in the 400m at the 2008 USATF Youth National Championships in Charlotte, NC.  The competition was very intense as her age group was definetely one of the most competive in the meet.  She showed her resolve and earned a spot on the medal stand.  Tiara 2008 season was quite remarkable as she solidified her standing as the top sprint/middle distance runner in her age group in the state of NJ.  Her future is very bright indeed.

Tuesday, July 29
Dickerson Medal at JO Nationals

Antwan Dickerson finished 5th in the Long Jump at USATF Junior Olympics in Omaha, Nebraska.  Antwan saved his best for last as he finished the season of with some of his biggest jumps of the year.  His medal winning jump of 19 feet 6 inches was his longest jump of the season.  This was Antwan's first nationals and he handled the pressure well.  He rose up to the task when faced with adversity and got himself up on the medal stand. 

Sunday, June 29
Hardy Wins 200m and 400m at Youth Nationals

Antwoine Hardy served notice to the nation that he is a force to be reckoned with in the sprints with a strong performance at the 2008 USATF Youth National Championships in Charlotte, NC.  He convincingly won both the 200m and 400m midget boys races. 

Saturday, August 4
Hardy Wins National Championship in 400m

Antwoine Hardy displayed his tremendous athletic prowess, leaving the field in the dust, on his way to winning the sub-midget boys 400m dash at AAU National Championships in Knoxville, TN.

Tuesday, March 6
Chris Gillis wins 2006 Big 12 Championships

Former Willis/Camden PAL track star Christopher Gillis, Jr. wins long jump at Big 12 Championships. Chris capped a succesful college career at Baylor University by winning the 2006 Big 12 Championships in the mens long jump with a leap of 26 feet, 1 and 3/4 inches and placing 3rd in the NCAA Championships with a leap of 26 feet, 3/4 inches. His personal best also set in 2006 was 26 feet, 4 and a 1/2 inches. When asked about his performance at the NCAA Champoinships Chris responded "I can honestly say that I tried my hardest and gave it my all. I made a few little mistakes, but I gave everything I had."

His performances earned him NCAA All American status. Chris graduated from Baylor University in December 2006. He is now competing as an Olympic Development athlete for Shore Athletic Club. He recently placed 6th at the 2007 USA Track and Field Indoor Track Championships. We look forward to watching him compete against the world best jumpers in 2007 and beyond. Good luck Chris.

Wednesday, July 27
Shaquanda Meylor, Cherie Wilson, Bradeem Black and Tareek Standard meet US Olympic gold medalist John Drummond

Shaquanda Meylor, Cherie Wilson, Bradeem Black and Tareek Standard met US Olympic gold medalist John Drummond at opening ceremonies of the 2005 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships. Drummond gave an inspirational speech to the young athletes about working hard to achieve their dreams.

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