by Jasmine Bentley
The previous black track has had many years of experience throughout its career. The asphalt base of the track was over twenty years old and the track mat, the top of the track, was about fifteen years old. For the past few years, Erie High School has been patching up pieces of the track. Last track season, Erie nearly had to shut down lane eight because of it being hazardous. The last patching that was done was to try to fill in a crack in the surface that went through the track mat and asphalt base. This specific crack went across all eight lanes. During the winter, water would get into the cracks and expand which would leave the track worse than it previously was. Eventually, Erie High would have needed to close down the track because of how dangerous the cracks would be for the runners.
Mr. Brian Howell, Erie High School assistant principal and athletic director, spoke about the necessity of the new track, “The other track was getting dangerous to where we couldn’t run.” He claims that the biggest benefit of the new track is that Erie will be able to continue having track meets. “The surface that we are putting in is a better surface than before. Hopefully, we will be able to have better times for our runners,” Mr. Howell exclaimed. Costing $314,000, Erie High is proud to have made this investment and hopes that it will benefit the runners and track team.
Mrs. Elizabeth Green, EP head girls track coach, claims that she is excited about the new track. “The new track has a surface that is softer, has more of a bounce to it, and it should be faster.” She also states that she hopes other schools will want to compete on our track to help them get faster times, as well. Ultimately, Mrs. Green thinks that the new track will be great for the runners and for the school.
After asking multiple runners, Cardinal Chronicle has come to a conclusion that there are mixed feelings about the track. The biggest concern being the color change. Many students were for or against it but, overall, most runners do not really care about the color of the track. As long as they are able to run and have fun doing it!