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Boonsboro High receives new track

November 13, 2000|By TARA REILLY

Boonsboro High receives new track



When the Washington County Board of Education couldn't afford to resurface the worn track at Boonsboro High School, the community stepped in to pay for the $120,000 budgeted project, said Dennis McGee, the board's director of facilities management.

County Commissioners contributed $100,000 for the track through Program Open Space, while the Boonsboro Booster Club contributed $20,000, he said.

"When that money was put together, it helped our kids and it helped our community," McGee said. "The gates are always open for the public to use."

Upgrades to the track include re-asphalting and then laying a rubberized surface on top of the track, along with bringing the long-, high- and triple-jumps and the pole vault runway up to state standards.

McGee said the track hadn't been resurfaced in more than 30 years.

Boonsboro High School principal Richard Akers said the size of the lanes will also be widened to fit hurdles. Now the hurdles overlap in the lanes, he said. A lane will also be removed to give the track seven lanes and extentions will be made to the straight-aways.

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"I guess you run faster on a straightway than you do on a curve," Akers said.

The track will also be converted from 440 yards to 400 meters, to make it a state-regulated track. That means some of the curves in the track will undergo slight changes, McGee said.

He said he didn't think any records made by athletes on the Boonsboro track would count because the track isn't sanctioned by the state in its current condition.

The Board of Education awarded the track's construction contract on Oct. 24 to L.W. Wolfe Enterprises for $111,000. McGee said $5,000 would also be paid the architect.

Work has already begun on the track and is expected to continue throughout the winter. The rubberized surface will be done in the spring, because it has to be laid in 70-degree temperatures, McGee said.

The track team won't have any home meets this year but the team is expected to practice on the track, Akers said. Having all of the team's track meets at opponents' schools probably won't be a problem since the sport doesn't make as much money as football games, for example, he said.

"It's not a big deal in track, because it's not a money-making activity," Akers said. "But it's still nice to run on your home track. The big concern was that they weren't going to be able to practice here."

The first track meet will be held on March 23.

McGee said the tracks at Hancock Middle-Senior and Clear Spring high schools also need to be resurfaced.

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