Saint John's Magazine Summer/Fall 2014

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Advancing the Mission

Track and Field Upgrades on the Way

The Saint John’s capital campaign, Forward Ever Forward, includes much-needed upgrades to the track and field facilities including resurfacing the outdoor track, resurfacing the indoor track, and constructing a new outdoor throwing area for the shot-put and discus. Thanks to leadership support from several track and field alumni, plans are underway to resurface the outdoor track in Clemens Stadium in the summer of 2015. Tim Miles ’80, SJU’s head coach for track and field for 35 years, is enthusiastic about this possibility. “The track was new in 1998, and it has been fantastic, especially in the natural bowl setting. We love competing at home each year, and we have also hosted the MIAC conference meet twice, in 1999 and 2007.” Jim ’78 and Julie ’80 Simons, Jerry ’83 and Karen ’83 Morris, Chris ’77 and Kathleen Lee, and Steve ’77 and Laurie Gathje have made very generous commitments to help launch this project. Other track and field alumni are being invited to participate as well. Our goal is to have commitments in place by January 2015 in order to move forward with the outdoor-track resurfacing next summer.


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