Every Big East cross country program plays host to one league meet per season, but that will not happen at Nash Central this fall.
Because of wear and tear on the decade-old track, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools has deemed the surface unsafe for cross country meets this semester and track & field events in the spring.
Currently, the track is being used by students for physical education classes, and Bulldogs athletes are allowed to practice on the surface.
The financial burden of repairing the track could range anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000, said Dr. Eric Cunningham, the Associated Superintendent of Facilities and Operations for Nash-Rocky Mount Schools.
“We simply don’t have the funding to complete the resurfacing at this time,” Cunningham said in an e-mail to the Telegram. “We will continue to patch the worst areas of the track to make it as safe as possible for our students to use for the purpose of practicing.”
Although home meets are infrequent occurrences, Nash Central and its athletes have benefited from having home meets.
The boys’ cross country program finished as NCHSAA 3-A state runners-up in 2008, and the school has more than 10 graduates – boys and girls – who currently are competing in college.
Both programs have played host to a number of regional events in the past using the track, as recently as Spring 2011.
Track resurfacing is part of the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools 10-year Masters Facilities Captial Improvement Plan, which has yet to be approved.
“While we continue to patch the track and make repairs to the worst areas, replacing the full track is cost-prohibitive at this time,” Nash-Rocky Mount Schools Director of Athletics and Student Actitivites Angie Miller said in an email.
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