USATF Foundation and Dogwood Track Classic partner to host Dogwood High Performance event

USATF Foundation and Dogwood Track Classic partner to host Dogwood High Performance event

Charlottesville, VA – The USATF Foundation and meet directors for the Dogwood Track Classic are excited to announce the addition of elite fields to the high school meet schedule, known now as Dogwood High Performance. In its first year, the Dogwood High Performance meet will include two professional fields: the Men’s Long Jump and the Women’s 1500m.

The Dogwood Track Classic, held in Charlottesville since 1965, is the oldest and most prestigious high school track meet in the south. It routinely attracts the top prep athletics talent from throughout the mid-Atlantic area. The meet takes place on May 6-7 at The University of Virginia’s Lannigan Field, with the Dogwood High Performance events scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Athletes can expect several thousand enthusiastic spectators, as in addition to the high school athletes, coaches, and parents, Charlottesville has a supportive crowd of running fans throughout the area. The meet, with its crowds, great weather and a fast track at the University of Virginia, routinely produces some of the top prep performances each year. Current USATF stars such as Grant Holloway, Drew Hunter, and Weini Kelati competed at Dogwood while in high school.

Funding will be available for athletes who compete in the Dogwood High Performance. Interested athletes or their representation should contact Bert Jacoby, Elite Athlete Coordinator, at or 540-846-4456.


The Dogwood Track Classic is a part of the Charlottesville Dogwood Foundation. Their mission is to improve the quality of life in the Charlottesville-area community; support the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival; help individuals and families in distress; promote leadership, education and community involvement among area youth; and to enhance the beauty of the community by promoting the planting of dogwood trees. The Charlottesville Dogwood Foundation is the chief sponsor of the Dogwood Track Classic.

For more information, or to contribute to the Charlottesville Dogwood Foundation, click here, call (434) 218-5656, or email

The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track and field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging and experienced elite athletes, along with guidance on future career paths. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors, major gifts, and from generous fans of track & field.

Elite athletes are supported by the Foundation via monetary grants, career counseling (mentoring and jobs) and participation in Run With US!. Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.

For more information, or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, Click Here or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or