New state of the art indoor track could compete for HS state championships
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Some of the strongest, fastest, and most talented athletes in the state of North Carolina, now have a new place to show off their skills.
"I was in awe, I was walking around with my cell phone taking pictures of everything. At work today I was very distracted it was like Christmas morning waiting as a little kid to get up and open the Christmas presents,” said Ronald Reagan High School Head Track Coach Chris Catton, on waiting to get inside the new facility.
The JDL Castle Fast Track is a 105,000 square foot, multi-million dollar facility, a dream for runners Craig Longhurst and David Shannon that finally came true.
"We have a 200-meter flat track with six lanes and then 8-lane strait away for the sprints. And then in addition to that on the other side, we have a 100 meter warm up track. So we have the hurdles and all of the running events, and in the middle of the facility we have two pole vault pits, two long jump, triple jump pits, high jump and shot put and weight throw,” Shannon said.
Right now the only other dedicated indoor track is on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill where they typically hold the high school state championships. But with this new facility, many people are now hoping the meet will move to Winston-Salem.
"The folks from the North Carolina High School Association were actually here earlier today. We've also talked to the Big South Conference and the Southern Conference about hosting their conference indoor championships, so I think we've got a lot of good ends already, to bring future events here,” Longhurst said, who's acting facilities manager.
Attracting athletes, coaches and fans from all over the Southeast.
The facility was privately financed and will host a wide variety of competitions including an upcoming Masters meet for runners over-30.
This weekend's competition continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.