NEW ERA: Baltic breaks in new track with first-ever meet
May 07. 2013 3:12PM
Baltic High School hosted its first ever track and field event last week in somewhat of a grand opening for its new and upgraded athletic facilities just north of the school building.
Student athletes from eight schools competed at the Baltic Invitational Tuesday, April 23 on the newly constructed eight-lane track.
A part of the $960,000 Baltic Track and Stadium project undertaken by the Baltic School District in 2010, the new track and field facilities give Baltic athletes an edge they never had before, said Jenna Brenda, a track athlete for the Bulldogs and a student-spokesperson for the school.
In the past, she said, track practices consisted of running around town and on a beaten trail known as a track only by name.
“The throwers usually had to stay inside and lift weights for the majority of their practices,” Brende said.
But all that is in the past.
With the new digs, Bulldog throwers, jumpers, runners and hurdlers now all have the appropriate facilities to become the best athletes they can be, she said.
In addition to the new track and field and stadium facility, a fundraising campaign was conducted to raise money to build a concession stand and restroom facility west of the stadium seats.
Approximately $117,000, which along with volunteered labor, provided for the new restroom and concession building.