When the oval is too slippery or overgrown with grass and weeds, the track team resorts to using blacktop paved surfaces, like the access road between the middle and high schools for This is increases the chance of overuse injuries like stress fractures among our track athletes.
Existing dirt oval becomes overgrown with grass and weeds and as the surface is used, rocks and gravel from the under layers of the soil come to the top of the surface causing additional risks to our
The current configuration of the field and track are hazardous to spectators and do not meet ADA Delayed response to injured athlete resulted because accessibility to fields is compromised by the dilapidated conditions and outdated configuration of
The track team currently takes personal vehicles to Colby College or Lawrence High (Pictured below is the current status of the track)
Impact on students:
In addition to the amount of time our student athletes commit to practice, they have to commit additional time for travel to either Colby College or Lawrence High School to practice.
To use the existing dirt oval, they also dedicate time to removing weeds and grass from the oval, clearing the dirt of large rocks and debris so they can limit, as much as possible, the risk of injury.
Why do we need a new field?
In general, our athletic fields have deteriorated over the years and are adequate for practice if the weather conditions cooperate. Practices are often cancelled if heavy rainfall has occurred. A turf field would allow multiple teams access.
Title IX: Schools are required to: “treat female and male athletes equally in all respects, including offering equitable equipment, facilities, and coaching”. The current state of our field does not provide the same access for female athletes to facilities as it does male athletes.
Only football is able to use field. Limits the opportunity of other sports to have night games.
Youth programs have limited access to the field.
And no other programs use the facility.
Does not serve multiple purposes. Our athletic complex in its current state, can only support one team, for one-two games per week.
To revitalize the track and install it correctly, the field will have to be torn up to ensure proper re-grading of the area and to ensure that the drainage issues are properly handled.
The grass field is compacted, and it is difficult to maintain grass. (Pictured below is an aerial view of the currect track and football field)