2021 Track and Field Season: Registration Opens Monday, March 29

Registration for the 2021 Helena Novas Track and Field season opens Monday, March 29.

The season registration fee will be $100, which covers the cost of sign-up fees for state, regional and national Junior Olympic championship competition, up to four practices each week, facility use during designated practice times, intrasquad mini-meets/time trials, the season-long use of a team uniform for competition, and a team item. 

Practices will begin April 12 and will continue through the athletes’ final competition. All practices from April 12-May 27 will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Vigilante Stadium. Practice times and sites will be adjusted for June and July.

The Montana Association Junior Olympic Championships are tentatively set for June 18-19 in Bozeman, while the Region 11 Championships are tentatively scheduled for July 8-10 in Provo/Orem, Utah. The National Championships are schedule for July 26-August 1 in Jacksonville, Fla.

All participants must first secure or renew an annual USATF membership by visiting for liability and insurance purchases. Please note, you will need to provide date of birth verification if this will be a first-time member of USATF.

Please click here to learn more about the track and field program and to register.

Please email any additional questions to

XC SURVEY: Complete by Sunday, September 13 to Indicate Interest

We are reaching out to gauge the level of interest in a potential 2020 Novas cross country season. Please complete this survey by Sunday, September 13 after reading the information below.

As with almost everything in society, the Coronavirus situation has greatly affected our plans for fall cross country. At this point, we can’t guarantee that a cross country season will occur, but we are evaluating options and we hope to have a plan to share soon. Knowing the level of interest/commitment will provide us with a critical piece of information as we evaluate our options, because we will keep all practices to under 50 total participants, including coaches.

In the event we are able to conduct a season, all participants will need to adhere to all safety requirements, which will meet or surpass CDC and local health guidelines. For example, we will require all participants to wear masks at all times when they are not actively running (e.g. masks will be required during meetings, stretching, and drills), and we also will require physical distancing during practices. All practices and related activities will occur outdoors.

Email with questions.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2020 Novas Track and Field Season Canceled

Updated: Wednesday, May 6

In light of the ongoing and unpredictable nature of the response to COVID-19, the inability to access appropriate facilities, and a lack of competitive opportunities, Helena Novas has opted to cancel the 2020 outdoor track and field season.

We learned this week that track and field facilities will remain closed for group activities through June 30, which follows an earlier announcement that the USATF state, regional and national Junior Olympic championships have been canceled.

It is with great sadness that we share this news, but we feel strongly that it is the right decision for the club, our athletes, their families and our coaches. We have an incredible passion for the sport of track and field, and that is not diminished. We hope to be back stronger than ever for the 2020 cross country season and the 2021 track and field season.

Families who have already registered for the 2020 season have three options, detailed below. Please email

  • Defer the membership to 2021
  • Receive a partial refund of $90 in the form of a check
  • Make your 2020 registration a donation to the club (We can issue a receipt for your donation if you choose this option, allowing you to write it off for tax purposes)

Train at Home Ideas

OK, now for the fun stuff! Below, you will find some great options to train at home during the ongoing stay-at-home and social distancing directives.

  • ALTIS SprintFIT: This is a fantastic resource for all track and field athletes (sprinters, distance runners, jumpers and throwers alike). Please read the document, available here, in its entirety before beginning. Young athletes should only do this twice per week, focusing on the acceleration portion one day and the maximum velocity on another day, taking one or two days off between sessions. For example, you could do Acceleration on Tuesday and Maximum Velocity on Thursday or Friday. You do the warmup, drills and cooldown on both days. You can fill in the rest of the week by doing some of the other options below.
  • Strength and Mobility (SAM): These sessions improve your core strength, while also improving your range of motion, which is important when you attempt more dynamic movements like sprinting, running, jumping or throwing. I have posted links to videos for Phase 1 and 2 sessions. Please start with Phase 1 Easy Day and only progress to the next one, once you’ve mastered a session. Pay close attention to the form being demonstrated and try to mimic them. Sometimes, having an adult or sibling observe you will help improve form.
  • General Fitness/Athleticism: Simply get outside and move! Play catch with a family member, hike, go for a short run, shoot some hoops, create an obstacle course, the list is endless. Get creative and send me images or videos and I would be happy to post them to our Novas Facebook and Instagram pages.
  • Family Fitness: World Athletics, the international governing body for track and field, has created a section of its website – Be Active – dedicated to at-home fitness during the pandemic. Check it out and do some of the activities with your family.
  • If you still have any specific questions about activities you can do to, feel free to reply to the email and we will do our best to help. We have many dedicated and informed coaches who have great ideas to help you develop, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Stay safe and Go Novas!
Jesse Zentz
Helena Novas XC & TF Director/Coach

Hartnett supports Helena Novas through $1,000 Play It Forward grant

Montana Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Kylie Hartnett, has awarded the Helena Novas youth cross country and track and field program with a $1,000 Gatorade Play It Forward grant to help further the club’s mission.

“Kylie has been a key part of the Novas and she serves as an incredible mentor to the program’s younger athletes,” Helena Novas director and coach Jesse Zentz said. “She just completed one of the most incredible high school cross country seasons in state history as a member of the Helena High Bengals, and we’re truly honored that she chose this program to support through Gatorade’s Play It Forward initiative. Thank you Kylie and thank you Gatorade.

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