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The effort, espected to be completed by the start of football season, will improve the track surface.

PMG PHOTO: SCOTT KEITH - The track surface at Scappoose High School will get an upgrade.With the prep sports season set to begin in the weeks and months ahead, Scappoose High School is setting its sights on improving the track field.

Adam Strachan, the high school's athletic director before becoming the new principal at Scappoose Middle School, outlined the need for a new track surface.

"The track was replaced, I think, 15 or 20 years ago," Strachan said, noting, "They have a set life span. So, it's definitely nearing the end of its life span and had some spots that were pretty warn out and needed to be replaced."

While the concrete under the track is in good shape, its the track surface that is being replaced this summer. The track project should be completed before the start of the football season.

Crews will be working on the track surface through approximately the second week of August, according to Strachan.

The Scappoose School District wants to provide a safe surface for all athletes to be running.

Speaking of the old track, Strachan said, "It's not very forgiving. When you ran on it for any length of time, your body definitely felt it the next day especially. It's going to be much more forgiving with the new track surface in place."

Funding for the track came from the Scappoose School District. Strachan estimates the cost of the project, at the time it was needed, was approximately $200,000.

The new principal at Scappoose High School, Jerimy Kelley, is also happy to see a new track surface.

"Facilities have a lifespan," Kelley said. "The more they get used, they end up wearing out and they need to be replaced. Any time that you can upgrade and update facilities, both that serve the classrooms, programs and our kids, it's just great. It makes people feel good."

Of the new track, Kelley remarked, "It looks nice. It represents the community in a really positive light. I think that, along with the recent revamping of the gym, are steps in the right direction in showing community support to our kids and the district representing Scappoose in a way that it should be represented."

Strachan, speaking of the new track surface, added, "It will provide a safe surface for all the athletes to be running and doing their events on. It will also be a source of pride for the track program and the community in general."

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