Ole Miss Track & Field Ribbon Cutting on Friday
Several events will highlight this weekend’s alumni reunion, in which all former members of the program are invited to come back to campus and enjoy seeing the updates and improvements to facilities and student-athlete support.
First will be the ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Ole Miss Track & Field Complex at 3 p.m. Friday, which is open to the public. Among those scheduled to speak are Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter, Athletics Director Ross Bjork, Ole Miss and Team USA Women’s Olympic Head Coach Connie Price-Smith, Rio Olympian Raven Saunders and Rio Olympics Bronze Medalist Sam Kendricks.
The $7.2 million project includes a top-of-the-line Beynon Sports Surfaces 2000 full pour polyurethane running surface with hobart texture, a 37-by-26-foot Daktronics video display board and a brand new throwing area adjacent to the track. The complex also includes men’s and women’s locker rooms, team room, coaches’ offices, grandstands for 1,500 spectators, concession area and control room.
A 4 p.m. reception will follow at the Pavilion Club inside the Pavilion at Ole Miss that will incorporate activities from the ribbon cutting ceremony and Community Connection week.
Ole Miss will host the inaugural Rebel Invite cross country meet later that evening at FNC Park in Oxford. The women’s 5K race is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by the men’s 6K race at 7:15.
Alums are also invited to enjoy pregame tailgating and access to the M-Club Alumni Chapter pregame party on Saturday prior to the 3 p.m. football home opener against Wofford.
If you are an alum of the Ole Miss track & field program, please click here for more information on the reunion.