July 27, 2012
► Coach Sloan and senior Sean Harris break down the current renovations
PULLMAN -- The Washington State University Mooberry Track & Field Complex is currently undergoing a renovation that will be very noticeable to fans and student-athletes alike.
The Mooberry Track & Field Complex was constructed in 1979-80, and the last time the track was resurfaced was in 1999. Prior to the spring of 1981, track and field meets were contested on the track inside Martin Stadium. The current work began in May and is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.
The 2012 Mooberry Track Project is updating the track surface and reconfiguring the field events within the infield track area for more effective use, Darryl Sherman, Project Manager from WSU Capital Planning & Development said.
The track itself is receiving a completely new running surface, the Beynon Sports Surface. According to its website, Beynon manufactures high-performance synthetic surfaces designed for speed and competition as well as daily training. The Beynon premier track and field surfaces are found in the world's most renowned athletic facilities, carrying some of the world's greatest champions to record-breaking times. The BSS 2000 is promoted as giving an Olympic caliber running surface that gives athletes the ultimate edge when it comes to competitive performance. It has not only been able to stand up to adverse weather conditions, as was evident during the 2012 US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., but it has also provided the resilient response and maximum energy return that the athletes need to shatter records.
Sherman said the infrastructure improvements include an updated trench drain system around the inner perimeter of the track that will effectively deal with storm water runoff, an improved layout of the irrigation system, revised communication and utility conduits, and new track perimeter chain link fencing.
"These are significant improvements to the facility," Cougar Track & Field Head Coach Rick Sloan, with the program for 39 years and head coach for the past 17 years, said. "We will have bi-directional long jump pits that will be off set on each other so we can long jump in either direction. And the pole vault will be set up to have boxes at either end of the runway so we can compete in either direction. The prevailing winds are usually out of the west-southwest so we will be covered on that end. There will be a smaller rectangular area of infield grass that can be watered without wearing down the pits and runways."
Looking to the future Coach Sloan envisions filling in the "D" at the south end of the field creating a much larger high jump area and the ability to compete in different directions. The javelin will remain in that end and the shot put circle will be inside the "D" surface. Also the west side long/triple jump and east side pole vault will move further into the infield. The long jump will have a pit at each end with a double runway. The pole vault will have a pit in the middle with runways painted in the north and south direction.
"When we host the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships in two years having that south end "D" work completed would enable us to have two high jumps going on simultaneously and with the numbers we have been seeing in the combined events that is a necessity. The advantages of what we're doing plus the longevity of our facility without daily water from the sprinkler system, it will look sharp out there."
The Cougar men's track and field/cross country program finished 19th in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Program of the Year award standings for the 2011-12 academic school year, an honor only 20 teams earned nationally and two in the Pac-12.
The Design Consultant for the project is D.A. Hogan & Associates from Seattle, and the General Contractor is Motley & Motley from Pullman.
In the weeks to come, check out photo progress of the Mooberry Track Project as well as the historical photos and great Mooberry Moments at WSUCougars.com.