New track has anticipation running high

It’s difficult to overstate the magnitude of the recent renovation of Woody Greeno Track at Abel Stadium. Simply put, Nebraska Wesleyan University went from having the worst outdoor track in the conference to having perhaps the best one in the region.

The new Mondo surface is identical to the one used at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Fast, durable and responsive, the gold lanes represent well the university’s proud tradition of excellence in track and field.

“The new surface is incredible!” said sophomore sprinter and horizontal jumper John Kersenbrock of O’Neill, Neb. “Running on a brand-new, state-of-the-art surface feels like you are flying. It’s a complete 180 from what we had in the past. The new track is huge for the future of our track and field program.”

“We are thankful for the many alumni, parents and friends who contributed to the $500,000 raised for the new track,” said Vice President for External Relations Patty Karthauser. “It would not have happened without them.”

“Anticipation for this year’s outdoor season is high,” said Athletic Director Ira Zeff. “We’re excited to once again host outdoor meets at Abel Stadium. Having an advanced track surface as well as a top event staff will provide NWU opportunities to host high profile conference and regional track meets.

“The track is just a wonderful way to showcase an excellent program and a proud university,” Zeff said.