Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex

After a year of renovation and construction, the $4.1-million Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex was completed in August 2011.

The project included a complete renovation of the facility and a relocation of the track's radius points, shifting the oval slightly to the north and west, while abutting up against the hillside terrace on the west side. The common finish line was moved to the northeast corner in an effort to take advantage of the predominantly south and southwest winds in April-June. The move of the finish line also allows the 3,500 bleachers on the east side of the track to have a spectacular view of the Front Range.

The Falcons' new facility features 100,000-square feet of surface installation. The track oval, D-zones and jump aprons are a brilliant combination of "Berlin Blue" and Grey colored surface. The synthetic surface is a "full-pour" polyurethane synthetic, with a light encapsulation top spraycoat of polyurethane to help resist weathering and discoloring due to high UV penetration at this altitude. The oval features eight 48-inch lanes and the widest single radius allowable by the IAAF (36.50 meters, 119'6"). There is an inside steeplechase water jump on the southwest curve and a secondary finish line in the southeast corner for the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as the 100- and 110-meter hurdles to take advantage of alternate winds from the north.

For the field events, there are two complete D-zones at each end of the infield. The facility boasts dual parallel long jump/triple jump runways on the homestretch side of the complex, with pits at each end, allowing for competition capability from either the north-south or south-north directions. There are full-length javelin runways in each D-zone so that the throwers may work with the prevailing winds. There is a discus throw ring and cage on the north side, as well as a combination discus throw/hammer throw cage and rings on the south end to provide the best advantage with wind.

There are also dual pole vault runways on the backstretch, allowing for boxes and pits in both the north-south and south-north directions. In addition, there are two additional runways on the north D-zone, allowing vaulters to jump in a west-east direction. The prominent pole vault area abuts against a hillside terrace, allowing spectators to sit on the grassy slope in a casual, picnic-style atmosphere. The high jump will be located in the north D-zone, with the capability of an approach of more than 80 feet in any of four directions.

The renovation cost included $225,000 of in-ground equipment, including cages, rings, toeboards, sand pit forms, vault boxes, pit platforms, communication boxes and curbing. It also included $175,000 of external equipment, including landing pads, standards, hurdles, starting blocks, timing and measuring equipment, covered competitor benches, performance display boards, lane markers and implement carts.

In addition to the improvements to the track itself, several additional amenities were added to the complex. A new "Meet Operations" building was built along the northeast corner of the track, even with the finish line, that will be used exclusively for computerized photo-timing and scoring. The former meet operations building was remodeled to include a press area with data ports and viewing windows on the second level, along with a new team lounge with multi-media capabilities. The lower level will remain designated for storage. An area for sports medicine will be located outside the multi-purpose building during meets.

100,000 square feet of synthetic surface
8x48-inch lanes
Four long/triple jump pits; two long/triple jump runways
Four pole vault runways; six pole vault box positions
Four high jump baselines (ability to jump in any of 4 directions)
Two throwing cages, with rings
Two shot put rings
Two javelin runways
2,000 linear feet of protective fencing
3,500-capacity seating, plus 34 wheelchair accessible seats
Elevation is 6,980 feet


100m 9.93 Calvin Smith, South | 1983 10.79 Evelyn Ashford, West | 1983
200m 20.27 William Snoddy, Midwest | 1978 22.27 C Cheeseborough, South | 1978
400m 44.73 James Rolle, South | 1983 50.84 Michelle Collins, South | 1995
800m 1:47.84 Terril Davis, South | 1995 2:02.20 Alisa Hill, East | 1995
1500m 3:45.50 Tom Duits, Midwest | 1979 4:33.93 Morgan Mosby, Air Force | 2012
Steeplechase 8:59.61 Bruce Bickford, East | 1983 9:41.30 Cindy Bremser, Midwest | 1979
5000m 14:25.30 Herb Lindsay, Midwest | 1979 17:08.36 Emma Bates, Boise State | 2012
10,000m 29:29.90 Frank Shorter, West | 1979 36:97.81 H Rinehart, Colorado St | 2012
110m Hurdles 13.47 Willie Gault, South | 1983
100m Hurdles 13.05 Melissa Morrison, South | 1995
400m Hurdles 47.98 Edwin Moses, West | 1983 55.69 Lori McCauley, East | 1983
4x100m Relay 38.30 South | 1979 41.61 U.S. National Team | 1983
4x400m Relay 2:59.91 South | 1983 3:29.20 South | 1997
High Jump 7'6½” James Howard, South | 1983 6'4¼” Tisha Waller, East | 1995
Pole Vault 18'7¼” Jeff Buckingham, North | 1983 13'1¾” Kimber Shealy, Air Force | 2012
Long Jump 27'3¾” Jason Grimes, South | 1983 21'8¾” Carol Lewis, South | 1983
Triple Jump 56'1¼” Tommy Haynes, South | 1979 46'0¾” Diana Orrange, South | 1985
Shot Put 69'1½” Michael Carter, South | 1983 57'3" Lorna Griffin, West | 1983
Discus Throw 214'0" John Powell, West | 1979 199'8" Carol Cady, West | 1983
Hammer Throw  241'6" Dave McKenzie, West | 1983 222'11" Amanda Bingson, UNLV | 2012
Javelin Throw 260'0" Ed Kaminski, North | 1995 188'6" Sherry Calvert, West | 1978
Decathlon 8047 Drew Fucci, West | 1995
Heptathlon 6374 Jamie McNeair, South | 1995
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