Marist High School’s track and field athletes are benefiting from upgraded facilities as they hit the heart of their season.
During the fall of 2016 Marist’s track was adjusted to regulation size and completely resurfaced with a top of the line material that rivals elite college facilities. This ensures the best practice and competition space available. All the runways and jump zones were resurfaced as well, and grass was removed to create a surfaced d-zone for the high jump area. The now regulation size six-lane track will allow Marist to host more high school invites, grade school track events and, potentially, the conference championship.
Over the past few seasons, the degrading surface posed a safety problem to the athletes. Practices were limited and training often took place on other surfaces such as the soccer or turf field at the school. “This season having a new track allows the students to properly train and prepare as track athletes,” explained girls’ track head coach Rich Karnia ’03. “We are able to push them to their full potential and not be limited by the training surface.”
In addition to the resurfacing, signage showcasing Marist track and field record holders was installed near the track. “Marist’s track program has a great history and we want to honor those who have succeeded and inspire the young athletes at Marist today,” boys’ track coach Steve Davidson ’99 said.
Both coaches hope the improved facilities and the focus on program success will help the teams at the conference and state levels. The girls hope to capture their first East Suburban Catholic Conference title in May, while the boys hope to defend their 2016 championship. Both hope to increase the number of state qualifiers.
Marist is a member of the competitive East Suburban Catholic Conference and offers 26 athletic programs.