Coach Joy Wins Multiple Gold Medals at the 2021 USA Track & Field Masters National Championships!


 Coach Joy Upshaw, won five (5) national championships at the recent USA Track & FIeld (USATF) Masters Championships held on July 22-25 at the Iowa State Cyclone Sports Complex. Over 1,200 Masters athletes participated in the event. 

This was Joy’s first year competing in the 60-64 year old age group and she won 1st place in all of her events: 100meters, 200meters, 80 meter hurdles, long jump and 4×100 relay. Three of her running times were this year’s top times in the world for her age group! 

Coach Joy is a veteran of Masters Track and has been actively competing for over 45 years throughout middle school, high school, college and now Masters. She’s won 24 Masters world championships and was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame in 2012. She is also the current Masters Chair for the USATF Pacific Association. 

She enjoy’s the sport very much and that is why she loves to coach our Joy’s Jackrabbits Track Club! Not only do our Jackrabbits learn about the events, but she teaches good sportsmanship and the history of the sport too! Yay!

She has coordinated a Masters Elite Club which got 6th Place out of 111 teams competing at Nationals, too!


About USATF Masters Track & Field

USATF Masters actively promotes fitness, friendship, volunteerism, athletic development, competition, and inclusive sportsmanship. All levels of ability are welcomed and encouraged to participate. 

USATF Masters offers local, regional, national and international competition opportunities in track and field, long-distance running, and race walking for athletes 35 years of age and older (25 and older at USATF Masters Track and Field Championships).


Fun for ALL! Friday Evenings in July! 4pm Field / 5pm Track

New ALL COMERS Meets at Independence HS in San Jose! 
617 N.Jackson Ave. San Jose, CA 95133  (Right near 680/280)

$5 entry- unlimited events.  ALL AGES. Race with your age group.

Friday Nights in JULY

 4pm Field Events:

Pole Vault, Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Triple Jump & High Jump

5pm Running Events: 

4x100m 1600m 60MH 400m 100m 800m 300mh 60m 200m 3200m 4x400m

VERY low key & good to test out events for you! 

Hope to see you there this Friday!

Yes! Practice rain or shine 😀


Remember we practice rain or shine… just make sure to bring a towel for after practice to put down in your car when you go home.  🙂

Many track and sporting events are not cancelled due to rain, so it is important to know that yes, we do get wet, but we still can run and have fun! (In fact, many of our rainy day practices have been favorites of the kids!) Yay!

Zooming Wednesdays 5:45pm – Tons of Track & Field Info, Olympic Video & Analysis, etc!!!

Our Zoom Classes have been great teaching your terrific kids Track & Field!

We do all our stretches, exercises, sprint drills and what is also exciting is our reviewing and understanding of track & field events up close in slow motion : shot put, pole vault, hurdles, javelin, etc !!! 

We note country flags and specific stats of Olympic caliber athletes which they will no doubt recognize in the next Olympic Games & World Championships!!

We have seen the Brazilian Relay team win in a championship and see them celebrate with their fellow country team members; we have seen Sweden’s 21 yr old Mondo Duplantis’ evolution of his Pole Vault world records beginning at 7 years old; we have seen USA’s Delilah Mohammad set the 400m hurdle record 2x in a row with a USA young 21 yr old Sydney McLaughlin close behind… these are just a few examples of what they get to see and understand. 

This is definitely a fun class! 

Hope to see you next Weds!!  Please email Coach Joy for the special Zoom Link!

WINTER 2020 – Semi/Private Lessons with your Group/Pod

Jackrabbits classes are now being formed as small semi/private lessons!!

🐰 Safe & socially distanced with YOUR group/pod/cohort

They are so fun! Located safely in parks and backyards, we are able to have super classes with our hurdles, turbo javelin, sprints, blocks, shot put, relays, etc!

Please contact : Coach Joy to create a class which works for YOU!

Our Winter 2021 Schedule has not been officially set due to venue uncertainty

Thanks for your understanding & support of our ever so special Jackrabbits Track Club!

Good Job! You’re Awesome!

AQI Awareness!

You bet! This has been such a different time for all. Heatwaves, COVID and now smoke… 😦 Coach Joy is very concerned with everything- especially YOUR health. If AQI is too dangerous, she will send out a class email to let you know that the class will cancel. Always know that if we cancel a class it will be made up at end of session.

If you have any questions about class, text or call Coach Joy: 510-816-8009

BE Positive & Safe! Good Job, You’re Awesome!

Coach Joy Update with our Jackrabbits🐰

Hi Team & Future teammates!

We spoke to Coach Joy to ask her what she thought about all that has been going on and not able to really coach our classes live & not race herself. Here is what she said:

“Hi! Thanks for asking! Well, I know this is a time we are not used to or prepared for, but we are ALL being smart and have to abide by the CDC rules. I can’t wait to get back to coaching in our normal way, but in the meantime we will be safe & practice with small groups & social distancing.”

“This summer sure has been different! For everyone! Gosh, but I am so glad that we were able to have some Zoom classes. It was great to see our super Jackrabbits, and it is always great to teach our little student athletes about our sport of Track & Field!”

“As for me racing track meets, well, there were a lot of competitions cancelled-which we all knew would happen-but the World Masters Group created a Virtual Challenge as well as the USATF Masters had a Virtual Meet, too! So thought it would be fun to support both those events. We would post proof of our results on their result page. It was good to be able to do some type of ‘racing’ even though it wasn’t in a real meet. I still made ‘Virtual’ ribbons for a few other teammates”

See how Coach Joy did here:

World Wide Virtual Masters Challenge

2020 USA Masters Virtual Summer Challenge