BLOOMINGTON, Ind. As part of its Centennial Celebration, The Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced that the 2004 Boys and Girls Track & Field State Championship meets will be conducted at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington June 4-5.
That move was approved by unanimous vote by the IHSAA Executive Committee in its regular monthly meeting at the IHSAA offices on January 15, 2004.
"Indiana University is proud and excited to host the 2004 Indiana High School State Championships," IU Athletics Director Terry Clapacs said. "Our staff will work closely with (IHSAA Commissioner) Blake Ress' staff to make sure that the IHSAA Centennial Celebration is one to remember."
Commissioner Ress added, The IHSAA is looking forward to joining forces with Indiana University in returning to the site of the first-ever IHSAA sanctioned championship event. We are certain the athletes and fans will enjoy the experience.
The first state championship in any sport conducted under the IHSAA auspices was the 1904 Track and Field Championship, which was held at Jordan Field on the I.U. campus on May 14th of that year. With 118 athletes, representing 18 schools, on hand to vie for state titles in 13 events, the team championship was captured by Bloomington High School. The State Finals were also conducted at Jordan Field in the fifth year of the event, in 1908.
The outdoor facility received a facelift throughout the winter of 1996-97 as Indiana University hosted the 1997 NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Billy Hayes Track features nine running lanes all around with a 110-foot radius on curves to encourage fast times. The track now has two long jump parallel approaches with four pits; two primary pole vault areas with eight pole vault plant boxes and two shot put areas.
The venue features a Daktronics scoreboard/message center. Additionally, the facility has three four-color cameras in a FinishLynx timing system and all new field events equipment and hurdles standards. Seating is being significantly upgraded, with added space to accommodate 6,500 fans, up from 3,100. Finally, the university is installing a state of the art Musco lighting system for night meets.
Parking for spectators and schools will be free. Shuttles will be provided for those who wish to use them.
The 101st Annual IHSAA Boys Track & Field State Championships will be held on Friday, June 4, 2004. The 31st Annual IHSAA Girls Track & Field State Championships will be conducted on Saturday, June 5, 2004.
E.C. (Billy) Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex is located east of North Fee Lane across from Assembly Hall and Gladstein Fieldhouse