MOUNT GREENWOOD — Track and field athletes at Marist High School are entering the heart of their season on a new track.
The coed Catholic high school at 4200 W. 115th St. in Mount Greenwood adjusted its track to make it regulation size in the fall. The track was also resurfaced using the same material as collegiate facilities, the school said.
All the runways and jump zones were resurfaced as well, and grass was removed to create a special area for the high jump.
The school now has a six-lane track, allowing Marist to host high school invites, grade school track events and the conference championship — pending on the outcome of the regular season.
“Having a new track allows the students to properly train and prepare as track athletes,” girls track head coach Rich Karnia said. “We are able to push them to their full potential and not be limited by the training surface.”
Karnia's team hopes to capture its first East Suburban Catholic Conference title in May, while the boys team, led by Coach Steve Davidson, looks to defend its 2016 championship. Both teams also aim to increase the number of state qualifiers.
“Marist’s track program has a great history and we want to honor those who have succeeded and inspire the young athletes at Marist today,” Davidson said.