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    GaREAT new Indoor Track
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    GaREAT which stands for Geneva area Recreational, Educational, Athletic Trust debuted its new indoor track and field facility in January.

    See the story on the front page and do look at the video.

    8 lane, 300m track (w/ outdoor curves?)

    10 lanes for sprints, 150m of straight

    Straights on back straight as well as front, so two sets of sprints/hurdles can be run at the same time (and they could probably run two 60s at the same time on the 150m side.

    Double vault pits (outside the track rather than inside)

    Good throws area.

    Much better sight lines than, say, U. Washington, with good seating.
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    Re: GaREAT new Indoor Track
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    http://www.gareat.org/track.html

    Indoor Track Features
    • Eight lane 300m Beynon oval is designed to be fast and has two 150m straight-aways.
      Two full 150m straight-aways.
      Homestretch is 10-lanes and backstretch is 8-lanes.
      Two high jump pits, two long jump pits, two pole vault pits.
      Portable weight cage, three throws platforms, 75' ceiling - capability of discus practice.
      Outstanding spectator seating and unique viewing areas.
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    That makes three 300m tracks in the northeast Ohio region - GaREAT, Akron, and Kent State.

    No wonder we spend half our indoor season up there.
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    sigh... another monstrosity to make a mockery of meaningful statistics
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    sigh... another monstrosity to make a mockery of meaningful statistics
    I would have thought the cozy 200m venue would be the preferred one from a spectator point of view. But I guess the driving force for building these things is from a winter training perspective. Do they even consider the stats perspective?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh
    sigh... another monstrosity to make a mockery of meaningful statistics
    It's indoor track. Who the hell cares if it's a big and flat or small and downhill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guru
    Quote Originally Posted by gh
    sigh... another monstrosity to make a mockery of meaningful statistics
    It's indoor track. Who the hell cares if it's a big and flat or small and downhill.
    People who like the idea that indoor and outdoor should be two different sports?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinM
    Quote Originally Posted by guru
    Quote Originally Posted by gh
    sigh... another monstrosity to make a mockery of meaningful statistics
    It's indoor track. Who the hell cares if it's a big and flat or small and downhill.
    People who like the idea that indoor and outdoor should be two different sports?

    Well when they stop running the 200 and 400 downhill on 200m tracks then I MIGHT have some sympathy for those who get worked into a froth over 300's.

    Otherwise it is what it is - track & field under a roof.
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    What a great looking track and field facility! Hooray for someone actually building an indoor track and thinking about the athletes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guru
    Quote Originally Posted by gh
    sigh... another monstrosity to make a mockery of meaningful statistics
    It's indoor track. Who the hell cares if it's a big and flat or small and downhill.
    Zackly. Indoor track (as opposed to field) stats are virtually meaningless. Almost every track has a different speed rating - the synthetic tracks are different from each other and significantly different from the boards - the banked tracks are different from each other - the size of the track is important. It's ALL apples and bananas and pears and kumquats!
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