It was a long time coming, but after four years the GCHS track has been reopened for student and community use.
On Monday, May 20, the ribbon was officially cut on the newly renovated track.
“The track being reopened is not only beneficial for me but my teammates as well as the community,” Jerome Mays, II, a junior at GCHS and member of the track team said.
There was a large crowd of students, and supporters including government dignities, business leaders, and GCHS administration. All had big smiles and waited with anticipation for the ribbon to be cut so they could get their running shoes and step foot on the brand new eight-lane track.
“This is above and beyond my expectations. I am just filled with joy for the kids to now be able to have a place to practice and hold meets again,” Athletic Director Ruby Allen said.
According to Allen the school hasn’t been able to hold any track meets since 2015 school year. Kemonie Arrington, a sophomore at GCHS and member of the track team was elated the track is ready for use.
“I am so happy the track is reopened,” she said. “I am grateful for the privilege that I can spend my last two years of high school bettering myself as an athlete.”
In addition to being an improved resource for the community, the newly modernized field will improve surface safety and performance for athletes.
Antonio Young, a freshman, at GCHS the track gives him a place to get better by working on his craft. He said it also gives community members a place to go and exercise.
The new track will be used for physical education classes, track and field practice, competitions, special events and is also open to the public when not in use by the school.
The hope is to serve the track team, all students and the community for years to come.