URG begins track resurface project


By Jessica Patterson - For Ohio Valley Publishing



The first part of Rio’s two-part resurfacing project is already under way. The original surface is being removed and a new layer of asphalt, which will set through the winter, is being added to the track. The second part of the process is to build the new surface in the spring.


The first part of Rio’s two-part resurfacing project is already under way. The original surface is being removed and a new layer of asphalt, which will set through the winter, is being added to the track. The second part of the process is to build the new surface in the spring.


The first part of Rio’s two-part resurfacing project is already under way. The original surface is being removed and a new layer of asphalt, which will set through the winter, is being added to the track. The second part of the process is to build the new surface in the spring.


RIO GRANDE — The University of Rio Grande Athletic Department and Rio Grande Community College are working to resurface the track on campus.

The track was built 17 years ago, and the athletic department has been working to renovate the surface for the past few years. Rebecca Long, vice president of administration for Rio Grande Community College, said she is excited the wait for the track is almost over.

“The athletic department has been pushing for the resurfacing to happen. We have had an increase in the number of track and field athletes, so this project directly impacts the students.” Long said.

Long said resurfacing the track will be a two part process. Part one, which is already under way, is removing the original surface and adding a new layer of asphalt which will set through the winter. The second part of the process is to build the new surface in the spring.

Athletic Director Jeff Lanham said the new surface will have multiple benefits for track and field athletes.

“Track and field is our largest program, and the new surface is going to add to the potential for the runners. The grip will be improved, which will help improve the runners’ times,” Lanham said. “It will also help improve the safety of the track, which is our main concern. It will be safer for them to train on, which will decrease chances of leg and back injuries. Rebecca and the community college have done a lot of work to help make this happen. We are very appreciative of their efforts.”

Bob Willey, URG’s track and field coach, said he is grateful for the renovation project and the support for the program.

“It’s like a little kid at Christmas with new presents everywhere,” Willey said. “We are all very thankful for the support of our administration. As a coach, I’m always excited to know people are there to help the program because it is going to help the athletes, and the community will also benefit because people also come down to the track to walk in the mornings or the evenings.”

Tim Warner, senior track and field runner from Pomeroy, said he is eager to start running on the new track.

“We’re all really excited about the new track. We’ve been waiting and it’s very long overdue. It will be awesome to get to use the new surface for my senior season,” he said. “We’re really blessed for this opportunity since our program has grown so much in the past few years.”

Long said the resurfacing project will be completed before the start of the 2016 track and field season.

The first part of Rio’s two-part resurfacing project is already under way. The original surface is being removed and a new layer of asphalt, which will set through the winter, is being added to the track. The second part of the process is to build the new surface in the spring.

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The first part of Rio’s two-part resurfacing project is already under way. The original surface is being removed and a new layer of asphalt, which will set through the winter, is being added to the track. The second part of the process is to build the new surface in the spring.

The first part of Rio’s two-part resurfacing project is already under way. The original surface is being removed and a new layer of asphalt, which will set through the winter, is being added to the track. The second part of the process is to build the new surface in the spring.

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The first part of Rio’s two-part resurfacing project is already under way. The original surface is being removed and a new layer of asphalt, which will set through the winter, is being added to the track. The second part of the process is to build the new surface in the spring.

The first part of Rio’s two-part resurfacing project is already under way. The original surface is being removed and a new layer of asphalt, which will set through the winter, is being added to the track. The second part of the process is to build the new surface in the spring.

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The first part of Rio’s two-part resurfacing project is already under way. The original surface is being removed and a new layer of asphalt, which will set through the winter, is being added to the track. The second part of the process is to build the new surface in the spring.

By Jessica Patterson

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Jessica Patterson is a communications specialist for the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College.

Jessica Patterson is a communications specialist for the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College.

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