Scraping the Surface: Track Is Remodeled

By John Cascella, Sports Editor

This past summer, the historic Major Wells track was replaced. Previously made of black latex, Major Wells is a now a red, five-millimeter deep polyurethane. Although more expensive than latex, the new track will last longer and require less maintenance.

While a latex track “absorbs” the force of a runner’s feet when pushed in, thereby slowing a runner down, the new polyurethane material retains the force, pushing the exerted force back, speeding up the runner.

Not all students, however, are sold on the new material. . “It’s definitely a nice track, but when I ran on it I didn’t feel any noticeable difference,” says Austin Byrd (11). “I wish the money had been put into some other area of the school.”  

The county also expanded the long jump, creating two runways. In addition, a discus circle was added inside the stadium, eliminating the use of a cage on the back practice field. Before, with the home meets, soccer and lacrosse weren’t able to practice due to the shot put pit being near the soccer field. The county also added gates and replaced the fences where the paint was peeling off.

The pole vault pit was also given safety upgrades during the renovation, adding new standards and a new top cover. With all of these upgrades, Falls Church is moving in the direction of hosting bigger meets, including  May 23 and spring track and field Districts on May 7 and 9, as well as Day One of the Regionals on May 23.

The renovations didn’t cost the school a penny. The funding came from the county’s maintenance program, at an estimated cost of $250,000 to $300,000. If the whole track had needed to be redone, it would have cost upwards of $750,000.

“We needed the renovations,” says Bryan Cardenas (11), who mentions the holes he’d seen on the old track. “ looking forward to running on it more often and,  fingers crossed, dropping time.”