IU To Install Banked Track at Gladstein Fieldhouse
Dec. 14, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Indiana University's Gladstein Fieldhouse makes a conversion to a Mondo-surfaced banked track during the 2006 indoor track and field season. The 200 meter track was recently transported to IU via the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The track, built by Mondo in Italy, saw its first use for the inaugural IAAF World Indoor Championships in March 1987 and then hosted the NCAA Div. 1 and Div. II Indoor Track and Field Championships annually through 1999.
The banked track will be installed at Gladstein Fieldhouse in time for the Jan. 7 Hoosier Open, and it will highlight IU's six home track and field meets this winter.
IU Director of Track and Field Randy Heisler believes that the addition of a banked track to one of the nation's top indoor facilities can pay significant dividends.
"The track will make a big difference in our program," Heisler said. "Of the 11 running events, nine will benefit from the banked track. It is a really fast track. We hope this helps our recruiting. The fact that we have upgraded our facilities shows a commitment to the Indiana track and field program."
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