Bring Seattle University Track & Field to Campus
Bring Seattle University Track & Field to Campus The Seattle University Track and Field team and all of our supporters have taken objection to the removal of vital track and field facilities from the Logan Field project plans. The original plans can be seen still at the intersection of E Cherry St. and 12th Ave. The removed facilities that we need include: • The apron on the north side to be surfaced with track, rather than turf • A long jump/triple jump pit (only possible with a track-surfaced apron) • A cement throwing ring The inclusion of these facilities is important because they benefit not only the Seattle University Athletics Program but the campus and greater Seattle communities as well. Greater Seattle Community The inclusion of the track & field apron on Logan Field would benefit the larger Seattle community by providing the necessary resources for the Seattle University Track and Field team to take part in the Youth Initiative in ways previously not possible on-campus. The facilities would allow for the ability to host summer camps and clinics that would provide a safe and secure location for the youth of the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood. Seattle University Campus Community The track and field apron on Logan Field would benefit the Seattle University campus community by providing a space that would promote interaction between Seattle University student-athletes and the rest of the student body. As Seattle University completes the transition to Division I, athletics will play a larger role in representing the University as a whole. Therefore, incorporating high quality athletic facilities on campus will help strengthen campus wide pride in a Division I athletic program. In addition, the inclusion of a dedicated track and field facility will free up current shared space facilities on campus, such as the Astrogym, due to the more limited use the Track and Field team would be requiring to properly practice. Seattle University Athletic Program The construction of the Track and Field apron on Logan Field would greatly add to the quality of the entire facility, making it truly a functional space for multiple sports. By creating prominent athletic facilities on campus, the quality of recruitment will follow, allowing the Athletic Program to build teams that the University will be proud to have representing them. Additionally, it will provide safer practice facilities that can be easily used by more than one team at a time, therefore decreasing both liabilities and conflicts with other sports over practice times and locations. Seattle University Track & Field Program The construction of the track and field apron on Logan Field is instrumental for the continued growth and success of the Seattle University Track and Field team. Currently, as a team we lack the proper facilities to practice on campus. In particular, the ability to practice long jump and triple jump at all is not possible on campus, and the ability to practice other events isn’t fully realized given space and facility constraints. In order to have access to the required facilities the team travels to off campus sites such as Garfield High School and West Seattle Stadium. This is a very inefficient use of time, with transportation increasing the time each student-athlete must allot to practice by as much as forty minutes to an hour. This causes student-athletes to miss academic events, which are often held in the evening, as well as cutting into their ability to complete their school work, meet with tutors, and attend other academic presentations or other evening events. Even though track and field in considered an individual sport, we operate very much as a single unit. With only two coaches and 17 events to coach (over 30 if we count men and women separately) we would benefit greatly to have a place on campus to practice in one location. With on campus facilities, we could have more flexible practice times and more practice times. This would mean that each event group would see the full benefits of coaching, as well as the ability to more easily schedule classes and practices without conflict. As we complete the transition to becoming a Division I program and a member of the Western Athletic conference, we know that it will be extremely difficult to opterate as a competitive track and field program without the basic facilities for all of our event groups. We look forward to representing Seattle University in the Western Athletic Conference. In order to do so to the best of our ability we are asking for the support of the university community in advocating for the facilities we need to succeed.