Won the conference champs 10k on that track...sad to see it thrown away.
Field maintenance is not cheap. In my area many High Schools have installed rubber tracks with turf field with a 10 year maintenance contract that is roughly equal to the maintenance required for the grass football field the same 10 years. It was a no brainer money wise.
And, my god, have you been to the Kansas City area? Land is certainly not in shortage. It is a 10 minute drive to your neighbors house. And it is about $100/acre.
My guess is this is a policy decision based on something that has nothing to do with track. Probably some back room money involved. Good luck sorting it out before the track is bulldozed. Probably have better luck getting a new track built in the same place after all the palms have been greased and the players have moved on to the next crooked deal.
isnt this the school that maurice greene started at? i think he ran 10.5 there and then dropped to like 9.98 in one year with john smith
You think wrong. His progression wasn't that sudden. Also, his brother, whom I used to work with, ran 10.2 in college. There was plenty of natural talent there.
There was a story on this in the KC Star today.
It gives some information on the master facilities plan for those that were interested in what changes were being made. There will be some relocating of existing fields out there, so I'm not sure what that means for the cross country course.
Central High School in KCMO actually has an indoor track. I ran in a meet there in high school. The next closest indoor track would be at KU I believe. As nice as the one is at JCCC I'm surprised they didn't host more meets there. I think they could have kept that place very busy during the winter if they wanted to.
Other outdoor college tracks in the area are at KCKCC, Park & St. Mary's. Also the Olathe District Stadium has a steeple pit.
Another update to this story... If any of you are in the area please come out and show your support for track & field by attending our event on March 10th at 4pm (https://www.facebook.com/events/175696166365027/).
The reality is that the board member are elected officials and well paid for these positions. If enough people show up they will be forced to take notice or risk losing future elections and their 'jobs' as board members.
"That there was no public discussion prior to discontinuing the program is especially vexing to track advocates." The Pitch Kansas City goes in-depth on the long line of weak excuses for cutting the JCCC track programs. This Saturday, March 10th, come "Walk the JCCC Track" with us at 4pm to show how much impact has been overlooked by the JCCC administration!
For further details please see https://www.savejccctrack.com/.
I would love to see a couple folks rent bulldozers and knock down the admin building. Get in on the fun!
The Alumni who ran for all those teams should be up in arms. I would think this will reduce their fundraising. My college dropped track & field many years ago. They have never received one red cent from me and they never will until they resume that program! (I'm not holding my breath, but I do know why they dropped it---football.)
Apparently there are not yet enough football playing rapists in America.