It was old and tired. When it was young and new there were many good years, but now it sagged in places. The lines blurred into new wrinkles and ruts. Its once clear complexion was now pock marked and faded. A face-lift was considered but it was too late for that. The asphalt track had come to the end of its storied life.
It had seen a lot through the years. There were two individual state champions, Nathan Holden twice in the 3200 and Bobbi Labrandt in the pole vault. There have also been many other state qualifiers that won medals for placing in the top eight. There was Diane Weaver’s broken jaw. Numerous homecoming parades circled it that included convertibles, firetrucks, tow trucks, busses, 4 wheelers, motorcycles and boats. For several years it was the home to the Race for Education fundraiser. It was even responsible for a couple of broken arms on football players whose cleats slipped when running on it.
Yesterday, IRCS was able to host a middle school track meet for the first time in three years. It has been four years since we have hosted a varsity track meet. After a total renovation of the track, we were able to welcome 15 middle school teams to the Eagle’s Nest. The event was well run and enjoyed by all who attended.
We will be hosting a varsity meet on Thursday of this week that will include 11 teams. This is a special meet called the Lipham Relays. This event was named in memory of Coach Lance Lipham who coached here and many years at Keswick Christian School. We will also be hosting the Class 1A Region 2 track meet that is the qualifier for the State track meet to be held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton in May.
For our track athletes, this is truly a dream come true. Feel free to come out and see it for yourself.