Inside Sports for Wednesday—March 08, 2006

• Talk about great timing

• Talk about great cooperation

• Talk about the future

• Talk about a community effort

• Talk about a great track story

Talk about a good track record

After a setback a few years ago concerning the construction of the newly rubberized Vidinha Stadium track, the work was completed recently, handing Kaua’i athletes an up-to-date type of surface — which the rest of the state, excluding us, enjoyed up until now.

Watching KIF athletes running on the track yesterday gave me chills. The stadium has also undergone some other changes, like the removal of most of the shrubbery from around the fences and the painting of the stands. It’s definitely a great investment for the county, which unveiled the new track a few days ago.

Talk about great timing

It’s perfect timing, considering the fact that the KIF track and field season is about to get underway on Friday.

The first meet is going to make history and I hope you plan on being there, because if you thought our athletes were fast, just wait ’til you see ’em on the rubber.

Talk about great cooperation

KIF soccer took a “back seat” to allow the construction of the track to be done on time for the track season.

It’s administrators, coaches, and athletes working together for the common goal of enhancing experiences.

The entire KIF soccer season was played at Hanapepe Stadium, which to some was a better venue for the players.

Talk about the future

Not only will KIF senior track and field athletes be the first ones to enjoy the new surface, but they will also be laying down the framework for future athletes, who have something very exciting to look forward to.

Talk about a community effort

When something of this magnitude is created, there are many individuals who helped out who go unthanked, but the heart of the matter is that everyone truly benefits from the creation of the new track at Vidinha Stadium — even if you don’t own a pair of running shoes.

Talk about a great track story

If many records are broken this year in KIF track and field, it will certainly be a huge feat for any athlete. However, it won’t be as big a story as the very place where the record was broken — on the newly rubberized track.

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