WVU to Host First Outdoor Track Meet Since 2009 at New Complex on Saturday
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University track and field program will usher in the future as it hosts the West Virginia Open this Saturday at the new Track & Field Complex at Mylan Park, the Mountaineer’s first home meet since the 2009 season.
The university worked with the local Monongalia County community to build the new facility which is part of a larger project. The school will be the primary paying tenant with a large portion of the schedule going to local athletes like surrounding area high schools. The purpose of the facility is to be a community one that will benefit the county while attracting athletes from neighboring areas.
“We’ve all come together to work on this project,” West Virginia University director of athletics Shane Lyons said back in October when the official ribbon cutting ceremony was held, per the athletic department’s release. “There has been a lot of collaboration among the group to make this a first-class facility, not only for Morgantown, but for the greater area.”
The new complex features an eight-lane track, grass area for infield events, seating for more than 1,200 spectators, public restrooms, a press box and a state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard and timing system.
To go with the track and field venue, a $35 million aquatic center is currently being built next to the track along with other various renovations throughout the park.
Saturday’s event, which will include teams from Bethany College, Waynesburg, West Liberty, Wheeling Jesuit and Robert Morris, will be the first competitive meet at the new facility since it officially opened in October.
To say that the Wolverine program is thrilled to stay in Morgantown is an understatement.
“The excitement level to sleep in our own beds and drive up to our facility is something no one in this program has experienced,” WVU head coach Sean Cleary said, per Ben Conley of the Dominion Post. “With that comes a great appreciation for what we have and an excitement for what we can do at home.”