Members of my own team are probably not aware that dirt tracks STILL exist. My first year coaching track at Crystal Springs Uplands School, I took one girl ran to run a 400m. (probably was 440yds) race at El Camino HS in 2002. We also competed at the old Castro Valley HS track a couple years later at their invitational but as far as I can remember, those were the only dirt tracks. Since then, it's been ALL all-weather for us. We don't actually have a track on campus so we travel...to San Mateo HS...to College of San Mateo...to Burlingame HS...to Serra HS...basically to any facility that will take us.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
When I ran in high school it was all dirt for us, all the time. I could probably count on one hand the number of times I raced on an all-weather track. I remember running at Menlo school with their black track (I think it was black). I definitely remember running on the old CSM track (the black one) that stuck to your spikes on hot days. According to the old CSM coach and current timer Bob Rush, spraying Pam on the bottom of your spikes prevented this from happening. Who knew? Now he tells me. I am still picking off parts of that track from my old high school spikes.
Anyways...before I ramble on, here is the world famous Hank Lawson below, laying down the finish line before a recent meet at Lynbrook HS. Ah, the good ole days of laying down those lane lines before the weekly dual meet against your cross town rival.
Lastly, this article was in this week's San Mateo Times talking about the end of an era at Westmoor HS. The old high school dirt track will be replaced by an all weather track next year. It only took the district over 30 years to finally get coach DiMaggio a well deserved all-weather facility. I had the pleasure of coaching with him for seven years and he is truly one of the most important people in my development as a coach. I will have to write more about him and some of my other mentors in another time. In the meantime, here is the article:
Anybody else have a good track story to share? I posted a link to the St. Mary's (Berkeley) track earlier this year...you know...the triangular one. Any other odd shaped tracks?