New track installation underway at Lakeridge High School
The Lakeridge track team is ready to hit the ground running.
At least the Pacers will be once the high school's new track is ready.
Work is underway now on replacing and updating the school's track — located on the northwest corner of the Lakeridge High School campus — and is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 10.
For the 100-plus athletes of the Lakeridge boys and girls track teams, the installation of the new surface probably feels long overdue.
Because of damage to the previous track surface at Lakeridge, the Pacers spent the entirety of their 2019 varsity competition schedule on the road, including meets at Sherwood, Canby, Tigard, Newberg, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Canby, Tigard and Oregon City.
"The past few years, the condition of the track worsened to the point that spikes were rarely used in training," said Lakeridge girls coach Scott Spear. "This past spring, our distance runners traveled to a neighboring track on two separate occasions to allow the athletes to run a higher volume on a track."
Spear explained that, while the training surface matters very little to the casual athlete, it can make a big difference for a competitive runner.
"For a track and field athlete, the daily routine on the track develops a sense preparedness and confidence," he said. "It helps determine the cadence/pace that the athlete is trying to achieve."
While the new surface is a key component of the track renovation, there's more to it than just that. According to Lakeridge Athletic Director Terry Moore, the track is being converted to 400 meters (from the former 440 yards) and will also have some existing drainage issues will be addressed. The work at Lakeridge is being handled by Beynon Sports, which is also resurfacing the Lake Oswego High School track.
While the Pacers did their best to deal with their facility's shortcomings in 2019 and previous seasons, there's no doubt they're ready to shed their road warrior status.
"Although not hosting home meets this past spring was inconvenient, I wouldn't consider it a hardship," Spear said, adding that the Lakeridge coaching staff worked every day to come up with creative training solutions that would benefit their athletes.
Now, the Pacers are happy to be counting down the days until their new track is open and ready for their use.
"We are very excited for the track renovation and the ability to better prepare our athletes," Spear added. "We look forward to again host league meets and showcase our athletes in our community. … We appreciate the community support and various projects being performed on our campus."
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