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Bearcats Running on New Ground


Track and Field facility at PRHS takes a major upgrade

The resurfacing of the PRHS track was completed on Oct. 26 after five months of construction. The $958,200 resurfacing was paid by FEMA reimbursement funds received by the District. The Track resurfacing was part of a larger contract with also included installation of artificial turf in the PRHS practice field.

“I want to thank the PRHS Site Administration, PRHS Athletic Department, PRJUSD Athletic Department, PRJUSD Facilities Department, and Hellas Construction for constant and frequent communication throughout the process to ensure the best possible facility was built for the Bearcats of today and the future,” Track and Field coach Anthony Overton said.

The sponge feeling of the track massages the feet of the athletes compared to the rough, bumpy surface of the old track. This construction was much needed, as this track had not been renovated for several decades. Many bumps, dips and worn-down spots showed age and usage, a clear hurdle for the athletes trying to run faster times and possibly get college running scholarships. As Bearcat athletes in track and field were preparing to compete in last year’s CIF competition, they were introduced to an upgrade to the PRHS track and field facility.

“Depending on what lane of the track you were on parts of the track had risen off the original platform which made it difficult to run on,” PRHS 2017 graduate Key Mabien, who ran the 4×100 relay, 4×200 relay, 400m, 200m and 100m in Track and Field, said.

“I’m excited to have this new track, because I feel that it will make running for track season, this year, easier and more enjoyable,” Senior Cross Country and Track and Field runner Aniah Weaks said.

With this new track, Paso will be brought into a higher level of competition and able to host top track meets.

“Our track and field program will now have one of the best practice and competition facilities on the central coast, including those at Cal Poly and Cuesta College,” Overton stated.

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