Grace College Track & Field
By Hannah Imel
The Bernard and Lennie Key Track and Field Complex has been a long-anticipated blessing for Grace College athletes. Previously, the track team practiced in an open area behind Miller Field. Now, the Lancers have a state-of-the-art track facility to call home. The nine-lane track is designed to accommodate sprints in either direction, depending on the wind. The facility includes discus and hammer-throw cages, pole vaulting and high jump facilities, javelin and shotput throwing arenas, and long jump pits, as well as seating. Coach Jeffrey Raymond answers questions regarding Grace’s historic addition.
Q Have you noticed if the new track has had any influence on the team, whether improving morale or simply improving practices?
A There is definitely a sense of pride in having a new facility and being able to host meets. Of course, how well we perform is how other teams view us, but there’s a feeling that we’re a real team now that we have a place to call our own. The track is also a lot more convenient for workouts.
Q How do you hope this addition to Grace campus will affect the future of the track team?
A We’ll be able to host high-school track meets now and that may draw in more athletes. We hope to grow our team in the next few years, and I hope that the new track plays a part in attracting runners to Grace.
Q Are there any public events at the new track to look forward to?
A We will be hosting our first home meet, the Inaugural Lancer Invitational, on April 29. Athletes from at least five other colleges will be there. Alpha Dining will be serving lunch at the track, and I believe Student Life will have events for students to participate in. We’ll be hosting another smaller meet with Lakeland on May 9.
Students are encouraged to attend the meet with friends and celebrate this historic moment in Grace College history!