NCAA Division III perennial cross country and track & field powerhouse, North Central College opened its first ever 200M indoor track at the annual Alumni Track Meet this past Friday, January 8, 2010. The LEEDS Silver certified building features a six-lane track, in-floor accommodations for all field events, third floor warm-up track, and athletic training facilities, all surrounded by a brand new residence hall. This green building features geothermal heating, zero carbon emissions, over 150 new rooms for student residents.
The athletic facilites are named after Al Carius, head cross country and track and field coach at North Central for 44 years, and Frank Gramarosso, assistant cross country and track and field coach for 28 years. Both men are inductees in the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame. Carius was honored as cross country “Coach of the Century,” as well as being named NCAA Division III Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2009. He is also a member of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
The Annual Track Meet appeared to be the largest ever with several hundred alumni, students, faculty, friends and family in attendance. Tours of the new building were given throughout the evening. The actual track meet, a shortened format, began with field events and concluded with the classic 4×400M relay. A few grey-haired alumni entertained the crowd by competing alongside the 18-22 year-old student-athletes.
Presentations were coordinated by Rick Spencer, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. A Hall of Fame jacket was awarded to Sue DeNigris Kane (Class of 2002). The 2009 NCAA Division III Cross Country Champion Cardinals (highlight video) were on hand to raise the championship banner. The evening was punctuated by food and drinks for all the guests.
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