Track and Field Facility Renovation
The track and field facility, built in 1990, has been a tremendous asset to EMU student athletes during the past 26 years. Thanks to especially strong coaching leadership since 2011, the cross country and track and field teams have grown to include more than 50 students on both teams during the 2015-16 academic year.
In addition to regular use by EMU athletes, the track gets frequent use from local walkers/joggers, and residents from neighboring Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. Eastern Mennonite School uses the facility for high school practices and home track meets. There are also a variety of varsity practices and recreational student uses that take place on Bomberger field.
Renovation is needed now!
The track has served EMU well for the past 26 years, but is urgently in need of renovation to support the burgeoning success of the track and field program, and to avoid putting our student athletes at risk of injury. Safety is the highest priority, and it is critically important that we proceed with the renovation as soon as possible to address the deterioration of the track surface.
The current state of EMU’s track does not allow the school to host college track meets. Many alumni and community members have fond memories of track meets at Bomberger field; a renovated facility would draw many such people to our campus through hosting track meets for area public and private schools and thereby increase visibility for EMU in significant new ways.
The renovation includes all construction work, new drainage system, installation of a steeplechase water jump pit, and four steeplechase barriers. The track resurfacing will consist of a 10 mm full pour polyurethane with a 10-year warranty.
The 3,000m steeplechase is a contested event at the ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships as well as the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. This addition will allow EMU to host future ODAC Championship meets.
The current facility has six lanes, which was the standard when it was constructed in 1990. Modern collegiate tracks have moved to having eight lanes; it is critical to add the additional two lanes to EMU’s facility in order to have our facility meet current standards, and to ensure maximum opportunities for hosting high school and collegiate championship meets long into the future.
Replacement of all hurdles, starting blocks and landing mats. The original hurdles and starting blocks – purchased in 1989 – are still in use, as well as the pole vault mats purchased in 2001 — all well beyond their recommended lifespans.
Fencing is needed around the entire facility to provide security. The outdoor track currently has unmonitored access, leaving the facility and equipment vulnerable to damage. A tall fence surrounding the facility will ensure that it is protected and available for those scheduled to use it.
The long jump, triple jump, pole vault, javelin and shot put will all be contested inside the track, creating a much more spectator-friendly venue. Seating on the banks will allow spectators to see all events except for the discus and hammer throw. Enhancing the experience of the spectators will create an electric atmosphere for the participants. The grass field area inside the track will be large enough to accommodate recreational activities for EMU students.
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Men’s cross country runner and South/Southeast Region Athlete of the Year shared his story of being an elite athlete while persevering through a number of personal health challenges in hopes of inspiring others to overcome obstacles and achieve dreams and goals. He was the second EMU runner ever to win the Regional Meet.
Hannah Chappell-Dick ’16 earned a two time All-American status in 2014-15, finishing 2nd in the indoor mile and 3rd in the outdoor 1500 m. Additionally, she was named the South/Southeast Region Athlete of the Year (indoor track and field, outdoor track and field), as well as ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track).
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