Founded in 1987, the Cambridge Jets track club has been training athletes in the Cambridge and greater Boston metropolitan areas for over three decades. Since the beginning, Coach Curtis Jackman has been at the helm. Our team competes in both AAU and USA Track & Field meets, qualifiers and Olympic events. We are a non-profit organization.
The Cambridge Jets are a fun-filled, diverse group of athletes (ages 6-18 years old), coaches, parents and/or guardians that come from virtually every walk of life. This amazing thing called track and field has brought us all together.
The exclusive goal of the Cambridge Jets is to help young people improve their physical health all while instilling the principles of hard work, character, dedication and excellence. Our success is not measured in medals or trophies, but instead it is measured in the number of well-trained, fit, confident, and character-filled individuals we produce. No athlete has been or ever will be turned away due to financial restrictions.
Coach Curtis has been involved in the sport of track and field since he was a child and possesses first hand knowledge of the enrichment opportunities the sport can provide. Coach Curtis was a top High School Track Athlete who started coaching the Jets shortly after graduation. He is certified as a coach by the USA Track and Field Organization.
Assistant Coach - Specialty, Communications Director
Coach Spikey began her career with the Jets when she was 12 years old. Her favorite distance was the 400m, where she won a USATF Indoor National title in 2011. She continued to compete with the Jets through high school, in addition to competing for Brookline High. In college, she competed for Northeaster University, D1 program, for two years.
When Coach Spikey aged out of club competition she stayed connected to the Jets becoming a coach. She enjoys teaching, encouraging and sharing her experiences with the next generation of Jets.
Assistant Coach - Younger Jets (10 yrs and under)
Coach Cullene has been involved in athletics her whole life. She has competed in marathons since the 1970’s and is a 20 time finisher of the Boston Marathon.
The opportunity to give back to the track and field community and work with young children is one she embraces. The opportunity to learn from other coaches is inspiring.
Team Manager - Registration, email, website, uniform orders
Alida began her involvement with the Jets as a mom of an athlete. Her daughter, Spikey, aged out of Jets competition several years ago, yet she stays on. Alida saw what a positive effect the Jets and track had on her daughter, so she wants to continue supporting and helping Coach Curtis and the Jets.
Alida ran track in her youth and knows the powerful lessons learned from this sport: 1. the amount of effort and work you put in has a direct effect on the outcome.
2. Since most of track is an individual sport, you must take full responsibility for the results. There is no one else to blame, no refs, judges or other teammates that don't throw you the ball. It's just your effort, preparation and focus that determines your performance.