As reported by John Burke on KSRCollege last night, the University of Kentucky Track and Field unveiled their latest facility upgrade yesterday, as a new outdoor track was shown off to the public for the first time. Olympic sprinter and Lexington-native Tyson Gay, who holds the American record in the 100 meter was in the house as to celebrate the facility’s opening.
Don Weber, who recently retired as Head Coach of the track team this past year after 34 years on the Wildcat staff made upgrading the facilities for the track team a priority during his tenure, was also on hand today to see his final project come to completion. From UKAthletics.com:
“With Shivley Sports Center, the indoor track at Nutter Field House and now this facility we have the best infrastructure in college track and field,” Weber said. “I have no doubt Edrick, his coaches and his athletes will build the most competitive track team in the history of UK.”
Edrick is referring to new UK Track and Field coach Edrick “I’m Sorry Ms. Jackson, I Am” Floreal, who takes over the program this season on the upswing.
“Our new outdoor track will help us attract some of the best student-athletes in the nation as we aim to compete at the highest levels of intercollegiate competition,” Kentucky track and field head coach Edrick Floreal said. “It also will give us the opportunity to host elite outdoor high school and intercollegiate meets, as we currently do indoors at the Nutter Field House.”
Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart opened the evening by thanking the many people who made the day possible.
“We see something, we have a chance to showcase it and make good out of it,” Barnhart said. “We’re going to enjoy what we have. We are going to showcase what Don (Weber) helped build at this place.”
Go Fast Cats!