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Corvallis, Ore.
It was amixture of Oregon State track andfield past, present and future asthe 400-plus guests gathered onTuesday afternoon at the Trackand Field Groundbreaking Cere-mony to usher in the excitement
for what’s to come for the pro-
gram.Oregon State Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis openedup the ceremony explaining thefour phases and what each en-tailed before handing the floorover to head track and field coachKelly Sullivan. 
“This is very humbling to see people like Berny, Chuck, Pat and Sam here today and the
rest of our alums and so many people that have been behind this program way before I ever
even got here,” Sullivan said. “There’s no question that Oregon State University is an amazingplace, a special place. It’s a university where about 80 percent of my family graduated from, sowhen the opportunity did come *to take the job here+, it was home. I’m very proud of being apart of Oregon State and to be a part of something that a lot of people didn’t believe couldhappen.”
“This is a wonderful day,” 1968
-69 NCAA Champion, 1968 Olympic gold medalist andrevolutionary high jumper Dick Fosbury said.
“We’re here today to start to reconstruct the
chain of meets that were held on the OregonState campus from 1896 until 1988. But that
chain was broken. We’ve been resolved be-
cause the character of Oregon State student-athletes has held strong. Our character does
not quit when we lose, we don’t surrenderwhen we’re opposed.”
 Oregon State President Ed Ray, headfootball coach Mike Riley, President and CEOof the OSU Foundation Mike Goodwin and
Momentum Builds with Ground Breaking of New Track & Field Facility
The Ceremony Speakers Break GroundGold Medalist and Alum Dick Fosbury
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principal donor Jim Whyte all followed, butthe most important speeches of the daycame from current track and field athleteErin Jones and football player JordanBishop, who will be able to use the new fa-cilities as they continue their athletic ca-reers at Oregon State.
“As a team we cannot be morethrilled to have track back,” Jones said. “It
is a place to grow and evolve into the bestathletes that we dream to be. It defines us.We are track and field athletes. It gives us a
sense of pride and confidence that it belongs to us and that we’ll be building a comprehensive
team that involves throwers, jumpers, sprinters and hurdlers. We will truly be a track and field
“It’s not easy to being a two
-sport athlete here at Oregon State, but having such a flexi-
ble and supportive coach in Mike Riley makes it that much easier,” Bishop said. “I think by hav-
ing a track it will help recruiting for other sports because so many people in high school lovedoing track in addition to other sports. Now we can tell recruits that we have a state-of-the-art
facility right here.”
 Over 60 former track and field alumni were in attendance including All-AmericansGerry Church (1955
javelin), Gary Stenlund (1960, 1963
javelin), Dan Likens (1961
jave-lin), Jan Underwood (1964
800 yard run), Tom Woods (1972-75
high jump), Dan Fulton(1979
5,000 meters), Tim Fox (1979
discus), Terry Thompson (1968
880 yard), and five-time All-American Darrell Horn (1959-61
 long jump and triple jump). And formercoaches Sam Bell (1959-65), Berny Wag-ner (1966-75), Chuck McNeil (1984-88)and Pat Ingram (1975) were also in thecrowd.Phase one of the track and fieldproject will include an IAAF certifiedOlympic-caliber polyurethane surface,nine-lane track with one meter safetyzone on the outer perimeter, steeple-chase on the interior apex of the turn,dual high jump aprons, dual long jump/triple jump runways with oppositional pits, dual pole vault runways with oppositional plantboxes, dual shot put throw sectors, dual discus rings, oppositional east/west javelin runways,FieldTurf synthetic turf infield, NCAA and high school track markings and Oregon State graph-ics.
Director of Athletics Bob De CarolisFormer Coach Berny Wagner

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