As soon as next season, the Beloit College track and field team again will be able to host meets on their home turf. And by 2013, Beloit will again be hosting the legendary Beloit Relays, last run in 1979.
Early Monday morning, President Scott Bierman announced to coaches and assembled athletes that the college has secured $3.7 million in funding to construct a new, competition-quality eight-lane track. The funds will also be used to put artificial turf on the football field and to start a men’s and women’s lacrosse program.
“As the fastest growing sport in the country and one that is developing particularly rapidly in the upper Midwest, welcoming two lacrosse programs demonstrates our commitment to offering co-curricular opportunities that are responsive to changing external conditions,” Bierman wrote in an email to campus Monday.
In reacting to the news, Brian Bliese, the college’s head track and field coach, says the new track has been long-awaited. “It’s a very exciting day,” he says.